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Get a close-up view of the history of the Old Line State on this park's well-maintained trails.

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Fiddlers Green Farm

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents107 acres 路 Taneytown, MD
This historic piece of preserved farmland聽has been in our family for 5 generations. The property is just over 100 acres with about half in forest conservation. We have two streams that join one another and create an amazing habitat for all kinds of wildlife.聽Our farm聽has always been a fun and healing place for our friends and family to gather. We love sharing the peaceful seclusion here with folks who enjoy and respect nature. We are a certified organic farm聽and we're in the early stages of transforming it to a fully regenerative, permaculture operation.聽We grow hemp, medicinal herbs, small grains as well as keep bees and a small tribe of goats.聽When you come here you are experiencing the rebirth of farming in this country while getting to connect with the natural world.聽 We'd love to have you!聽
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Beespoke Farms

1 site 路 Lodging25 acres 路 Sabillasville, MD
We are a 25 acre, regenerative farm creating natural products through organic processes. We care for chickens, geese, ducks, cows, alpacas, goats, sheep, dogs, and cats! We have a small pond for great fishing, and lots of nature to explore! Sat in the middle of the Catoctin Mountains, our farm has beautiful mountain top views. The accommodations include 1-2 A frames, beds and bedding for rent as needed, access to electricity and Wi-Fi, an outhouse, and access to fresh water. No heating.
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Bears Den Campground

5 sites 路 Tents66 acres 路 Bluemont, VA
Set up your tent in our remote but easily accessible campground, 100 yards off the Appalachian Trail. Roast marshmallows by the fire pit and watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.聽 Individual site capacities are varied!聽Please take note of this when selecting your site upon checkout.聽 Site #1 is on a hilly slope and accommodates 4 campersSite #2 accommodates 8-10 campersSite #3 accommodates 4 campersSite #4 accommodates 6-8 campersSite #5 accommodates 6-8 campers聽聽 About the property Located on a 66-acre plot just five miles from the Shenandoah River, our property offers amazing access to hiking and the outdoors while also keeping civilization within striking distance. Bear Chase Brewery is just a half mile walk across the street, and we are 15 miles from Purcellville.聽 The land and lodge used to be the summer home of a trained opera singer, whose singing could be heard throughout the mountain.聽 Your Host lives onsite in the stone house that also acts as a hostel for hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Built in the 1930's all from locally sourced hand-hammered stone, the house is open every night from 5pm - 9pm.聽 Note that we offer several campsites relatively close to each other, so you should expect to see and hear other campers on the property during your stay.聽 About the listing Pitch your tent in a forested area just a short walk up from where you鈥檒l park your car. Enjoy unbeatable proximity to hiking and panoramic views while still having basic amenities that ensure a comfortable stay.聽 You鈥檒l have access to a composting pit toilet, and can access potable water from the tap in the lodge. That鈥檚 also where you can access hot showers. As noted above, we host Appalachian Trail thru hikers on the property, so you may see them hanging around or sleeping in the bunkhouse near the shared facilities.聽 For meals, we have picnic tables, and you are encouraged to cook over the fire pits that accompany each site. Please practice Leave No Trace practices during your stay, as the property has raccoons and other critters who will be drawn to any food scraps that are left behind.聽聽 Pets are allowed! Please keep them on leash during your stay.聽聽 Trash can be disposed of in the bins onsite.聽 Additional details to note Expect to see and hear other campers on the property during your stay.聽No kitchen equipment is provided, so campers must bring their own supplies if they'd like to cook.聽We do not offer WiFi, but there is good cell reception for all common carriers.
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Willet Family Farm

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents12 acres 路 Westminster, MD
Named 鈥淔avorite Hipcamp Site in the State of Maryland" by OUTSIDE MAGAZINE in 2020! The tallest structure on our farm is the windmill, constructed in 1874, and it quickly became the logo for our farm because a windmill is something that harnesses power for a specific purpose. For many generations, the windmill harnessed the power of the wind to grind grain or pump water, but now in the 21st century, Willet Family Farm hopes to harness the power of the outdoors to benefit every guest that comes to visit. The Willet Farm survived many hardships including The Great Depression, the 1999 tornado that destroyed the barn, and cancer that claimed the life of family members too early. In 2006, The farm had to be sold outside of the family, but in an effort to honor past generations and preserve the heritage of what the farm stood for (faith, family and hard work), Jeremy and Kathleen Willet purchased the farm back in 2017. The 13 acre farm is perfectly located in the middle of over 200 acres of farmland owned by parents and cousins. Since that time, we have welcomed over 200 guests from 10 different states and 2 different countries! We raise free-range chickens, board horses and are a Renewable Energy Farm completely powered by the sun through a comprehensive solar design on our barn.
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Catoctin Quaker Camp

10 sites 路 Lodging385 acres 路 Thurmont, MD
Catoctin Quaker Camp was established in 1958 and its 385 acres are mostly forests. There is a pond, bathhouse, and plenty of land to explore (385 acres). The camp is located on Frederick County's South Mountain formation and is adjacent to the Frederick City watershed which is filled with beautiful trails. We have 8 different cabins available to rent and the option to book out the entire property. Toilets, showers, picnic tables, and potable water are all available on site. Campfires are permitted! No pets allowed. Catoctin Mountain National Park, Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambril State Park are all within a 10 to 15-minute drive. Adventure awaits at Catoctin Mountain Park! Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this park is the perfect getaway. Hike a trail and enjoy an epic view.
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Taylors Landing Camping Club

9 sites 路 RVs, Tents42 acres 路 Sharpsburg, MD
Our Extended Season is here: We plan on remaining open all year. Since we have plenty of room each week, until the beginning of April, campers can come as early as they wish and leave as late as 5:00 PM the following day. The river is at an all-time low and it's just a BEAUTIFUL time to experience the Potomac River and the C&O Towpath. Experience the beauty of this historic property, featuring a mix of woodland, grassy hilltops, and clover filled bottomlands. Come and enjoy the near direct access to the CO Canal Historic Park and Towpath and the kid friendly, serene stretch of the Potomac River we border. Choose from 7 similar sites available for your camping pleasure as well as our Hilltop site for maximum privacy and star gazing potential. The natural Shade/Privacy nooks will keep the midday sun off of tents and the surrounding old growth forest makes for a great hike up to a very accessible and kid friendly cave to explore. Whether you stay for a day or a month, immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the tranquil waters of the Potomac River. Throughout the summer, the river offers a user-friendly experience as water levels recede. Embark on float trips, kayaking, excellent fishing, swimming, cave exploring, a 9 hole frisbee golf course (byof recommended) or visit the historic towns and the Antietam Battlefields nearby for a touch of civilization during your stays. PLEASE FOLLOW ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS LISTED WITH EACH SITE CAREFULLY!!!!! We share our entrance with another property farther up the driveway and wish to respect their privacy!!!!!!! PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE MORE THAN 1/4 MILE UP THE DRIVEWAY AS YOU'VE MISSED OUR ENTRANCE already and are headed to the wrong property. My entrance on the first left is marked with a pallet with "party" painted on it. :-) For biking enthusiasts, challenge yourself on the nearly 3 miles of single-track bike trails on the property. Alternatively, explore the endless miles of easy biking, hiking, and horseback riding (byoh) on the CandO Towpath. Whether looking for adventure or just chill down time, this location is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
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HUNTER'S PARK BY DC

11 sites 路 RVs, Tents27 acres 路 Damascus, MD
The campground is situated in the wooded area on the back of 27 acre horse farm which is known as "The Stables at Mezza Luna." Every year in the spring there are 4-6 Thoroughbred foals born that eventually will become racehorses. They live on the farm until they are 2 years old and then they go off to begin their racing career. In the daytime, when you are not sitting around your campfire, you can walk the fence lines and visit with the Mares and Foals or just watch them frolic in the fields. Hint! "They love peppermints, carrots and apples." Who knows, you might get to meet a future Kentucky Derby winner. There are also chickens, ducks and peacocks that are very anxious to receive your love and affection with any type of treat as well. Kids can even go in the chicken coop and pick out their very own egg they can cook for their breakfast. For the energetic campers and kids there are also lots of trails that you can walk or hike on and there is a small stream the kids can play in. There also is a playground with swings, monkey bars, seesaw and trampoline. Don't miss out out on this hidden gem just minutes from our nation's capital.
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Willows Farm

2 sites 路 RVs, Tents165 acres 路 Union Bridge, MD
Willows Farm is a beautiful 165 acre, regenerative, cattle farm, raising 100% grass finished beef and high quality hay. We are excited to announce that we have our first 100% grass finished beef ready and waiting (May 2023) for your purchase here at the farm. Give Curtis a call at 301.252.1122 or visit our website https://willowsfarmbeef.com to see what we have to offer. Our farm is family owned and operated and is located in the beautiful rolling hills of northeast Frederick County in Union Bridge Maryland, just off route 75 on a quiet, country road. Please note the farm entrance address is 11935 Simpsons Mill Road, Keymar, MD, but the farm is technically located in Union Bridge. Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and relax near the campfire with your wood fired dinner. This site has electric and water hookup and firewood is available for a small fee. The campsite is situated at the highest point of Willows Farm, offering tranquil farm views, gorgeous mountain vistas and spectacular sunsets. Soak up the beautiful countryside during your stay on the farm and hike our 25 acres of wooded property and chase a few bunnies and spot a herd of deer. Take a brisk walk to the cattle pastures and chat with our curious and friendly Black Angus heifers, Eleni, Lola and Maggie and say hi to our horse Albe. All of the fencing at Willows Farm is electric to keep our cattle and horse in and you will get shocked if you touch it. Please be mindful of this with your pets and children. If you are fortunate enough to have the timing right, you can even watch an airplane take off and land on our farm grass strip 鈥 "Willows Landing", which is just to the north (cardinal direction) of the campsite. Just 30 minutes to Gettysburg battlefields, historical downtown Frederick, and many other exciting places for exploration, Willows Farm is a great location for fun! Spend an evening watching Bull riding and barrel racing at J Bar W Ranch just a few minutes down the street in Johnsville. If vineyards and breweries are your thing we are just 15 - 30 minutes from many fine establishments. A few of our favorites are Black Ankle Vineyards, Linganore Winecellars and Attaboy Beer. Antique shopping abounds in the nearby charming, little town of New Market. So you're hungry and have a hankering for local cuisine? Take a five minute drive to the quaint downtown of Union Bridge and visit one of the three delicious family run restaurants. You can even take a few minutes to give your truck a bath at the Union Bridge Car Wash in the middle of town. Enjoy your stay and please contact us if we can help with anything.
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Old Soul Farm

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents11 acres 路 Gettysburg, PA
We are a small, working farm and apiary. Located back a gravel farm lane, Old Soul Farm is the perfect place to getaway from it all and still be within 10 minutes of the Gettysburg Battlefield.聽Learn more about this land:Site Option 1:聽A beautiful view of the farm and surrounding farm properties. It is the furthest away from the barn and owner housing for privacy but an easy field walk in and out.Site Option 2: Closer to the barn. It is a level area with a great tree for shade and climbing. This location also has a stone fire circle.聽Site Option 3: Formerly used as a riding ring for horses, it can now be used to accommodate larger groups.
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Tiny House on the Potomac

1 site 路 Lodging2 acres 路 Shepherdstown, WV
We have title records going back to Lord Fairfax for this beautiful land on the Potomac River just a mile from Shepherdstown. The Tiny House was a fishing cabin dating to at least the 1940s. The Main house is a historic stone structure dating to 1815.Learn more about this land:Relax and escape to the peace and quiet by the Potomac River, and wake to beautiful romantic views of the river and mountains in this romantic 200-square foot tiny house situated on 2.5 acres, with 450 feet of river front land. Explore and take advantage of all the activities on the river and surrounding area. Fish, bike, kayak, tube, or just sit by the river and watch the birds and wild life. Sit and read by the river or in the quiet comfort of the house with a bottle of wine on us.
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Riverside Farm by the Monocacy

7 sites 路 Tents30 acres 路 Walkersville, MD
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE BOOKING... 30 acres of mostly reclaimed farmland. We are located where Glade Creek flows into the Monocacy River. There is evidence of civil war activity here and the old river ford is on our property. Creek and river access make this a beautiful, peaceful place that is full of life. The energy here is overwhelmingly positive. Our house was built in the 1850s and the neighboring farm was built shortly after鈥攍ots of history on this property. You will be able to camp right next to Glade Creek which is always cool, clean, and refreshing. Our goal with opening the land up for camping is to eventually phase out commercial farming on the property and transform it into woodlands using native plants and trees. We've already started by planting hundreds of native tree species along the creek and river banks. Each camper gets us closer to that goal! Thanks for your support! See our map in the gallery for a complete overview of our property including site locations. Please note that you will need to drive back through the crossing to access the portable toilet. Property occasionally floods. Zero flash floods, just slow river overflow. Check this site for flooding info. https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=fdkm2 Flood stage is 15 feet.
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Mulehalla

13 sites 路 RVs, Tents28 acres 路 Williamsport, MD
Right off the C&O canal, Mulehalla offers primitive sites that are both beautiful and private with restrooms available. Firewood available for sale as well.
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The best camping near Catoctin Mountain Park guide

Overview

About

Looking to stretch your legs? This park offers 25 miles of impressive hiking trails. Tucked in north-central Maryland, it's easily accessible from both Baltimore and Washington DC.

The trails here are conveniently split into two regions. Take the East Side trails if you'd like a bit of sightseeing with your hiking. Cunningham Falls Nature Trail takes you directly to the titular waterfall.

It's the largest cascading waterfall in the state, making this the park's most popular trail. History buffs will want to check out the Charcoal Trail, also on the East Side. This half-mile loop features educational exhibits tracing the history of the region's charcoal-making industry.

The West Side trails are a bit more remote and offer a quieter experience. If you're looking for a marathon challenge, tackle the Catoctin National Recreation Trail. This lengthy, mostly flat road travels just over 26 miles. It'll take you through a number of historic colonial sites.

Notable campgrounds

  • Rent a historic wooden cabin for a rustic and cozy retreat amid the forest.
  • Experience the great outdoors by camping under the stars at one of the park's serene campsites.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as campgrounds fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as last-minute openings can occur.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park's campgrounds are fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Catoctin Mountain Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer offers warm days perfect for hiking, though it can be crowded. Winters are cold and quiet, ideal for those seeking solitude.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and changing weather conditions.
  • Be aware of wildlife and follow guidelines to ensure your safety and their protection.
  • Accessibility varies across the park; inquire at the visitor center for specific needs.
  • Restrooms and maps are available at the visitor center, helping you plan your day.

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