C and O Canal Drive-In Campground Sites

Hagerstown, Maryland

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All campsites along the canal have two things in common: the Potomac in front and the towpath behind. This means an endless supply of boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking opportunities. Every site is some what different in character, however, in that the surrounding topography changes and nearby historical sites and towns (or lack thereof) change the experience of camping in each site. As a general rule, expect a large, cleared area with individual campsites scattered around the available space. While the sites are usually big, they’re never terribly far from one another. Antietam Creek has as its main draw point its proximity to Antietam National Battlefield, which is a short drive (or canoe ride) away.
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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

All campsites along the canal have two things in common: the Potomac in front and the towpath behind. This means an endless supply of boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking opportunities. Every site is some what different in character, however, in that the surrounding topography changes and nearby historical sites and towns (or lack thereof) change the experience of camping in each site.

As a general rule, expect a large, cleared area with individual campsites scattered around the available space. While the sites are usually big, they’re never terribly far from one another. Antietam Creek has as its main draw point its proximity to Antietam National Battlefield, which is a short drive (or canoe ride) away.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Hagerstown
Campsites: 71
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 301-739-4200 nps.gov/choh
Fees per Night: $10
Facilities: Chemical toilets, grills, water (except McCoys Ferry)
Driving Directions: Directions to C & O Canal: Drive-In Campground Sites

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