From the Forum – Looking for the Best camping Around?

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Best camping around?

“I’d like to go camping next weekend, but don’t know a ton about popular camping destinations around the area. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I’m willing to drive up to 2.5 hours (or so) away, and was thinking of one of Shenandoah’s campgrounds, or a cool backcountry spot.

All recommendations are greatly appreciated.”

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  • bfinpetworth

    I used to love camping at a little private campground in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Real nice campsites along the fast flowing Tye River, and pretty rustic but it does have showers/bathrooms. Nice hike up the mountain along the Crabtree Falls. Probably just within your 2.5 hr radius.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    I forgot we also had some camping recs back from 2010 :

  • I replied in the forum thread ( but I love camping in Shenandoah so much I’ll vote for Mathews Arm (1st fave) and Big Meadows (2nd fave) here as well!

  • Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland is really nice and it’s close to Gettysburg if you want a side trip. Cave Mountain Lake in the Jefferson National Forest has a swimming lake and access to really nice hiking trails. It might be a little farther than you’re looking to go, but False Cape State Park near Virginia Beach offers hike-in primitive camping, if you want something more beach-y and less campground-y. Have fun!

  • Go to Dolly Sods, WV! It has the most interesting habitat around and you can backcountry camp anywhere!

  • It all depends on what kind of camping.
    Disperse, campground, camper/rv.
    I disperse camp but i won’t tell you where. Just find a national park or forest and explore. That is half the fun.

  • Camping at Assateague when the weather cools down a bit is awesome.

  • I have plenty of recs (most of them a little beyond your 2.5 hour radius), but the best site to find your own hikes is here:

    Use the map or the sortable list by various attributes to find. This is all back country stuff.

  • Shenandoah has many good places to camp no matter what you want. They have indoor lodges, campsites where you can pitch a tent on a set place, or back country camping. I go on a yearly trip with friends and we always stay at Big Meadow, which I think is their biggest campground

  • You can’t go wrong with Shenandoah, it’s the DC standard when it comes to camping. I’ve been spending a lot of time out in WV car camping and hiking and I have to say, it is spectacular. The scenery in WV can’t be beat in the mid-Atlantic region, plus any WV state run camping facility is top notch. But more specifically, I’d recommend Big Bend Campground, which is 2:45 from DC. It has a river that surrounds the entire campground, its next to the Smoke Hole Canyons, and an hour away from Seneca Rocks which is a great hike. When you drive the 11 miles into the site off a little country road, your taken back by the rising mountains on both sides and the little river that the road follows.

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