1 / 136

Button Farm

100%
·
· Germantown, Maryland
23 acres
2 sites
1 RV/Tent
1 Tent
The Button Farm Living History Center is a hands-on education facility dedicated to preserving the history of the Underground Railroad.  It is operated by the Menare Foundation through a long term lease agreement with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.   Several of us who work for the non-profit live in the Button Farm house and share the land with our pigs, geese, chickens and lots of wildlife.  We're a close drive to Germantown and all the basic amenities of modern life, but when you come down our drive, you enter a world of natural beauty and rural quiet. When booking, keep in mind that all persons--regardless of age or whether or not they intend to spend the night--must be paid for. Our portable toilet includes hand sanitizer.  Check in includes safe social distancing. 
Activities
Biking
Hiking
Wildlife watching
Natural features
Forest
Field
Farm
Ranch
Available sites
Filter by
Loading sites...
Location
Germantown, Maryland, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Avatar
Hosted by Steven G.Joined in March 2018
Response rate: 100%
100%
150 ratings · 117 reviews
Avatar
Benjamin B.recommends
November 27, 2022
Button Farm
Great as usual
This was my second time on the button farm and everything was excellent, im already planning my next trip
Avatar
Sara G.recommends
November 6, 2022
Button Farm
We had a lovely stay at Button Farm: the folks at the farm made us feel very welcome, and we even got to see some of the animals get fed. We enjoyed the large fire pit and exploring the trails, and the animals were a hit with the kids. Even though it was under an hour from DC, it felt very peaceful. Highly recommend!
Avatar
Lynden M.recommends
October 23, 2022
Button Farm
Very well run and friendly and responsive team.
Avatar
Leland E.recommends
October 14, 2022
Big Field
Return to Big Field at Button Farm
Three beautiful fall days with no wind or rain, a perfect setting to cook over a campfire, hike, watch birds, and enjoy starry night skies. Very quiet and relaxing stay, highly recommended.
Avatar
Kevin C.recommends
September 29, 2022
Big Field
Beautiful spot! Would 100% return :)
Avatar
Vanessa G.recommends
September 16, 2022
Button Farm
We had a short and sweet stay. Steve greeted us upon arrival and showed us the campsite. We had a quiet and peaceful night and would stay at the farm again!
Avatar
Maya S.recommends
August 29, 2022
Button Farm
This was a wonderful place to camp for a night. So much well curated history on the property and so close to Seneca creek.
Avatar
Paul B.recommends
August 25, 2022
Button Farm
What a great place. We only stayed one night and were gone most of that time but it’s a beautiful place.
Avatar
Steven L.recommends
August 21, 2022
Big Field
Directions to Button Farm Field were spot on and easy to find even in the dark. We were received by Andy who escorted us to our wonderful field site. Clean, spacious and well cut grass with level ground which is critical for RTT camping. Well done!
Avatar
Matt S.recommends
August 21, 2022
Button Farm
Great little area to camp! The hosts gave us plenty of wood for an evening and morning fire. It’s fun being near the animals and really convenient to have a small hiking trail right at the campsite as well. Definitely recommend!
Avatar
Leland E.recommends
July 28, 2022
Button Farm
Return to Button Farm
Set out one of the coolest days in an otherwise very hot summer for a quiet midweek stay at Button Farm. Always enjoy watching the exotic geese, and spotted a solitary young rabbit munching in the grass nearby. The afternoon and evening brought a light rainfall with cooler temps, even chilly in the rooftop tent overnight. Great to catch up with Steven, always a welcoming host. A very relaxing and enjoyable stay, highly recommended.
Avatar
Collier D.recommends
July 11, 2022
Button Farm
Quiet and rural with great host
Great spot close to DC and all the conveniences, yet in the middle of nowhere! Just what I was hoping.
Avatar
Eric B.recommends
June 22, 2022
Button Farm
This old farm is my newest crush!
We really enjoyed the camping site and the farm vibe. We pitched our tents by the shade of the trees and enjoyed the big fire pit at night. It's a wonderfully relaxing space that is tucked away from suburbia yet close enough to stores if you need to make a quick run for something forgotten. The grounds are very well kept and Steven is a friendly host. We will be back!
Avatar
Wendy H.recommends
June 16, 2022
Button Farm
Great setup on a beautiful property! The space is nice and level and the campfire circle is huge (which was unnecessary for us but would be great with a bigger group). Plenty of picnic tables as well as the benches in the campfire circle. Adjacent pavilion was a nice (shady) spot to eat when the sun was really strong. The composting toilet is clean and very close by (the field site would be a bit further), convenient for camping with kids. Easy access to trails and creek as well as the animals on the property. TONS of fireflies at night! Others mentioned the noise from the geese - Steve even mentioned it to us when we arrived - but it was not a problem at all... we noticed it but it really was just background noise, even at night. Very easy to access but felt miles and miles away from home - we had a great time and did not want to leave. We will definitely be back!
Avatar
Kaitlyn S.recommends
May 30, 2022
Button Farm
Steven promptly accommodated our last minute adventure on a busy Memorial Day weekend. It was a beautiful site and relaxing stay, a short drive from DC but felt as if you were much farther! Would recommend.
Avatar
Kevin K.recommends
May 29, 2022
Button Farm
Beautiful site to camp with animals
I spent last evening at Button Farm and have to say it was amazing! Steve is an attentive and gracious host! We had the entire camp site area and firepit to ourselves and it was a great spot, while others were camping out in the field. Seeing and hearing all the animals on site was great! Took our mountain bikes through the adjoining trails for a few hours and they were very well maintained and clearly marked with clear intersection directions and mapping! Overall, great time! Would recommend it to anyone!
Avatar
Leland E.recommends
April 30, 2022
Big Field
Return to Big Field
Great to be back in Big Field at Button Farm, and enjoy a spell of midweek wintry weather. The chilly windy days and overnight lows in the 30s were a good test of a new well insulated hard shell roof top tent, very comfortable despite the cold. Enjoyed as always catching up on farm news with Stephen, and hearing about a significant upgrade to the facilities, a new composting toilet. The peace and quiet were amazing, occasional deer passing by and birds in flight, well away from traffic and city noise. A favorite Hipcamp destination, will certainly return, highly recommended.
Avatar
Brian B.recommends
April 26, 2022
Button Farm
Amazing group camping spot
What an amazing farm this is. We had a huge field to ourselves which included the fire pit and small outhouse. Steven the host was on site to help or bring more firewood. We will definitely be coming back to this spot.
Avatar
Leland E.recommends
November 19, 2021
Big Field
Starry skies at Big Field
My 3rd visit this season to Button Farm, and 1st in the Big Field. Really enjoyed the wide open space, with frequent deer passing thru and numerous pileated woodpeckers in flight. And the night skies were clear and quite spectacular, with a bright moon and Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn all appearing shortly after sunset. Very nice to catch up with the host and hear about ongoing plans for the farm. A very special place, great stay and highly recommended!
Avatar
Adam C.recommends
November 14, 2021
Big Field
Great place to camp!
We really enjoyed our stay. Steven was kind, easy-going, and a great host. We enjoyed looking at the stars in the Big Field and hiking nearby. This place is a real jewel, especially if you’re a parent looking to camp with your kids close to Germantown. Highly recommend.
Avatar
Jessie P.recommends
November 13, 2021
Button Farm
Great camping experience
We had a great time at Button Farm! The location could not be more convenient to mountain bike trails (….and also to a Walmart when you discover you forgot your tent poles). Had a great time reading near the pot bellied pigs. Bring ear plugs for the geese if you’re a light sleeper. We will be back!
Avatar
Peter C.recommends
November 11, 2021
Big Field
Beautiful site at a huge field with trees surrounding us. Great place to get “away” even though you’re not far from civilization. The field is so big you feel like you’re all alone with nature. Saw a herd of deer running through in the morning! Steve was a great host.
Avatar
James O.recommends
November 6, 2021
Button Farm
Love Button Farm
This was our second time at Button Farm. We love it because it’s so close to DC and has a great private campsite with a big campfire ring and animals. The kids love it. It was freezing cold this time, but we still enjoyed roasting marshmallows by the fire and seeing the stars.
Avatar
Josh M.recommends
November 1, 2021
Big Field
A perfect place to camp. We will definitely be making a return trip!
Avatar
Alice M.recommends
October 24, 2021
Button Farm
Beautiful site with tons of space
This is a beautiful camping site convenient to Baltimore and D.C. The farm has only two sites that are far apart, so you have tons of space and privacy. The fire pit is large with plenty of seating, and there is ample room to pitch multiple tents. Steven was very kind and helpful, and we appreciated the generous amount of high quality firewood that was placed at the site (optional advance purchase). Highly recommend this site for more space and privacy than you can generally get at a campground.
Avatar
Brian B.recommends
September 27, 2021
Button Farm
Perfect first camping trip w/ baby
Lovely, spacious campsite. We wanted somewhere private for our first camping trip with our 7 month old and this was an ideal spot. Steve was very friendly and available to answer any questions. Our kiddo loved seeing the pigs and geese too! We hope to be back soon.
Avatar
Andy R.recommends
September 12, 2021
Big Field
I absolutely loved this campsite. The photos do not do the site justice. Once you arrive at the space, you definitely feel it is a special place. The campsite was extremely private. The only downside to the Big Field site is that the porta potty is a bit of a walk, but there are sanitary and clean workarounds to that. I loved it and my group loved it. We will definitely be back. Thank you Steven!!!
Avatar
Sean C.recommends
September 11, 2021
Button Farm
Mountain biking at Schaeffer Farms
Thank you to Steven and Button Farm for a wonderful stay. My wife and I wanted to try mountain biking at Schaeffer Farms Trailhead so we booked a one night stay at Button Farm. Mountain biked Saturday, arrived at Button Farm later in the day, Steven was a gracious host and showed us our site, we set up camp, grabbed some snacks and bike/walked down to Seneca Creek/Black Rock Mill to rinse off and cool down. Headed back to the farm, grabbed some dinner at Pho House in Germantown, camped the night away, woke up to a beautiful morning on the farm. Packed up our tent and headed out for another beautiful ride at Schaffer Farms Trailhead. Ideal location if you are looking to camp/hike/bike in the area. Look forward to bringing a group back and checking out the other campsite! Thank you Steven and Button Farm!
Avatar
Kevin S.recommends
September 6, 2021
Button Farm
Beautiful farm. Great host.
Great, friendly host. Beautiful space. Lots of great hiking/biking trails that connect directly to the farm (And great guidance from Steven on picking a route). Looking forward to staying at Button Farm again.
Avatar
Tom W.recommends
September 5, 2021
Big Field
Big Field, Big Sky
Steven and Tony are great hosts and Botton Farm is a great place to camp.. If you like stargazing, big field is the spot for you but you’ll have to provide your own daytime shade. I had a 10 x 10 canopy and it was fine.. only minutes from great hiking trails and if you like seclusion, it felt like I was in the middle of nowhere. I’ll definitely be back
Things to do nearby

Safety partners

Hipcamp is created with ❤️ and hope for our future.