Camping around DC
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dtqjr
August 31, 2004
Member since 12/5/2001 🔗
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Would anyone be willing to reveal a great little camping spot in the DC area. I am not interested in a campground sort of place but a rustic, out-of-the-way spot. Much appreciated for any recommendations!
PhysicsMan
August 31, 2004
Member since 11/20/2001 🔗
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Would anyone be willing to reveal a great little camping spot in the DC area. I am not interested in a campground sort of place but a rustic, out-of-the-way spot....




#1) Google Red Creek Campground in the Dolly Sods wilderness area of WVA.

#2) I haven't been back for years, but as I recall, there are some very nice, non-commercial camping spots along a road which runs N-S, in between the two Massanutten ridges, a few miles south of Rt. 55. I seem to recall that the name of a nearby, organized group F.S. campground is "Elizabeth Furnace". If you can't find it, let me know and I'll look it up for you.

Tom / PM
JimK - DCSki Columnist
August 31, 2004
Member since 01/14/2004 🔗
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It would help if we knew what you meant by DC area...inside beltway, inside 100 miles, inside 200 miles (ie Dolly Sods).
I enjoy back country camping in Shenandoah National Park. It is about 90 minutes from downtown via I66 non-rush hour. There may be camping along the C&O canal closer to DC in suburban MD, but I'm not sure. Anyone know if there is camping along the W&OD bike trail in Northern VA going out towards Leesburg?
tgd
August 31, 2004
Member since 07/15/2004 🔗
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Prince William Forest Park (south on 95 maybe 20 miles) has both primitive and car camping sites. I've camped there, pretty nice. That is probably the closest - check out this link:
http://www.nps.gov/prwi/pphtml/camping.html

Sky Meadows State Park, out 66w (maybe 40 miles) almost to Winchester has a dozen primitive camp sites. I've never camped there. Here's their website:
http://www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/skymeado.htm#Overnight

You can also camp on the beach in MD at Assateague Island, but that is a good 3 hours drive.
http://www.nps.gov/asis/camping.htm

Car camping is allowed at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax - I've heard this is a great for family camping as well as Bull Run Park in Prince William. Car camping also allowed in MD at Gambrill and Cunningham Falls State Parks (North of Frederick, about 90 minute drive) - watch out for "W" and his Secret Service domestiques mountain biking on the Gambrill Blue Trail.
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