9 Campgrounds Near DC to Go Camping with Kids

Enjoy a family fire at Cherry Hill Park campground in College Park. Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Park.
Enjoy a family fire at Cherry Hill Park campground in College Park. Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Park.

Feeling cabin fever, but looking for something besides a hotel? We’ve got you covered with kid-approved camping destinations, all within less than a four hour drive of Washington, DC and at a range of price points to fit any budget.

These locations all have attractions that will appeal to kids and parents alike. Whether you’re an experienced, nature-loving outdoors family or glamping is more your speed, a weekend camping expedition at one of these destinations could be just what you need for a family reset. Let the kids run wild and experience the beauty of our region safely.

Family-Friendly Campgrounds in Maryland

1. Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground — Rohrersville

Enjoy an enchanting stay in the Hobbit House at Treehouse Camp. Photo courtesy of Maple Tree Campground.

Open year-round

The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground offers rustic camping in the woods with a little extra magic for the kids. The campground includes tent camping sites and unique cabin options, including tree cottages and treehouses. If you have a Lord of the Rings fan in the family, you can rent its hobbit hole, a cabin partially underground decorated with beautiful murals inspired by the Lord of the Rings books. None of the cabins have heat, AC or electricity (except for the hobbit house), and all bathrooms are communal so come prepared with supplies. The camp is located right next to the Appalachian Trail for hiking. It’s a 10-minute drive to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and the Brunswick Railroad Museum, among other attractions. There are also biking trails, river rafting and tubing, caverns, swimming, and fishing all nearby. There is a camp shop with supplies, food, and firewood.

2. Cherry Hill Park — College Park

Thrill to the splash park at Cherry Hill Park campground in College Park. Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Park.

Open year-round

Just a 30-minute drive from DC, Cherry Hill Park in College Park, offers camping year-round with fun activities and amenities to keep everyone in the happy. Options include RVs, tent sites, and a variety of cabins and rental cottages. Cabin options include glamping pods, yurts, premium log cabins with a full kitchen and bath, and cottage rentals that can sleep up to 10. Cherry Hill Park offers plenty of entertainment options for the kids, all of which are included in the cost of your stay. There are two pools and a splash park for little ones, a hot tub and sauna for parents to relax, a mini-golf course, multiple playgrounds, tractor rides, an arcade, a fishing pond, gem mining, and a dog park. If you're not a DC local or just want to explore all the attractions the city has to offer, there are tours departing from the campground during the day and night that stop at many DC memorials (for an additional cost), or you can attend one of the free sightseeing sessions at the campground and plan your own family tour. There is also a café offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery, and a camp grocery store.

3. Frontier Town — Berlin

Open May-November

Your little cowpokes can enjoy a Wild West adventure at the Frontier Town Campground, located just a short drive from Ocean City. Camping options include tent sites, RV sites (including options that are waterfront with a private dock), RV rentals, and cabins. If you want to give your kids a unique Western experience, you can rent a covered wagon at your campsite that can sleep up to two.  During peak season, campground guests have free access to the water park with slides, a lazy river, and mini-golf. Campers also enjoy discounted access to the Western Theme Park and High Ropes Adventure Park. A pool, arcade, nature trails, dog park, and playgrounds are located in the campground. You can also rent kayaks, charter a boat, or rent a jet ski or pontoon boat. There’s a restaurant and bar, ice cream parlor, food truck and a camp store located in the campground. If that’s not enough, there’s a free daily shuttle in peak season from the campground to Ocean City and Assateague Island.

4. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park — Williamsport

Kids can splash around in Yogi Bear's Water Zone at Jellystone Park in Williamsport. Photo courtesy of Jellystone Park™ Williamsport.

Open April-November

If you’re looking for something better than the average camping vacation, check out Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Williamsport. Camping options include tent sites, RV sites, and a range of cabin options from luxury to rustic. If you’re looking to upgrade your relaxation even more, you can rent a hammock, have a hot tub delivered to your site or enjoy a golf cart to get around or private cabana at the pool. Amenities for families and kids included in the cost of your stay include Yogi Bear’s Water Zone with huge water slides, mini-golf, a jumping pad, pony rides, pedal carts, playgrounds, wagon rides, archery, and sports courts. For an additional fee, kids can try to make it through Boo Boo’s ninja obstacle course, play laser tag, go to the arcade, pan for gems, or make arts and crafts. You can even have Yogi or Boo Boo stop by your campsite for hugs, pictures, and a treat. During peak season (June-August), the campground has different themes and additional events each week, including outdoor movies and live music.

Family-Friendly Campgrounds in Virginia

5. Algonkian Regional Park, Bull Run Regional Park and Pohick Bay Regional Park — Northern Virginia

Cabins are available year-round at Pohick Bay Regional Park. Photo by Nova Parks/CC BY-SA 2.0

Open year-round

Virginia’s beautiful regional parks offer some fantastic family camping options at reasonable prices. Bull Run Regional Park and Pohick Bay Regional Park offer tent and RV sites, and cabins. At Algonkian Regional Park, you can rent a riverfront cottage that sleeps up to 10 people with a full kitchen, furnished living area, and private deck with river views. The deluxe four-bedroom cottage even has a hot tub. All three parks have water parks for the kids, hiking, and playgrounds. There are also golf courses at Algonkian and Pohick Bay, and Bull Run has a disc golf course. Boating, kayaking and fishing are also accessible on lakes or rivers in all three parks.

6. Wilderness Presidential Resort — Spotsylvania

Open year-round

Just a two-hour drive from DC, the Wilderness Presidential Resort offers year-round lakeside camping with lots of family-friendly activities. Budget-friendly camping options include tent and RV sites with hookups, and vintage RVs for rent with AC and a kitchen. Cabin rentals include lakeside cottages with kitchenettes and bathrooms (including some with hot tubs), and log cabins with all the comforts of home, including cable TV and Jacuzzi tubs. Activities include a ropes course with a zipline and rock climbing, swimming pools, a beach on the lake, mini-golf, kayaking, disc golf, archery, paddle boats, tennis, fishing, and an escape room. There’s a schedule of activities every day with lots of fun for kids, including arts and crafts classes, movie nights, and games at the gym or the Treetop Lounge. There are also special annual events each year, including a classic car show, a music festival, and holiday-themed activities.

7. Lake Fairfax — Reston

Open year-round

If you’re looking to camp close to home, Lake Fairfax Park offers lots of family-friendly activities just a 30-minute drive from DC. There are sites for tents with or without electricity hookups, and RV sites with water and electric hookups. There is a bathhouse with hot showers in the campground. On the lake, you can rent a paddle boat or a kayak, or enjoy a ride on a tour boat. You can also fish from the shore or the dock. A beautiful antique carousel is located right next to the lake along with biking and hiking trails. The Water Mine family water park is fun for all ages with its lazy river, water slides, and special splash park for babies and toddlers. There’s also a skate park where kids can learn new moves.

8. Chincoteague Island KOA — Chincoteague

See the wild ponies on the beach at Assateague Island, near Chincoteague Island KOA. Photo by Lucie Mariage/CC BY 2.0.

Open May-November

Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is bit more of a drive, but if your family loves the beach and/or horses it is well worth the trip. Chincoteague Island KOA is a great place to camp on the island, centrally located near many attractions and full of amenities right at the campground. Camping options include RV sites, RV rentals, tent sites, and cabins, including some with a full kitchen and bath. Interested in camping with style? Rent one of the Instragrammable safari tents, a canvas tent raised on a platform fully furnished with beds and a small living area, but no kitchen or bathroom. Amenities included at no extra charge include a pool, a jumping pillow, playground, and an activity room and community campfire where you can participate in themed group activities during the summer peak season. There’s also a complimentary trolley to the beach on Assateague Island, where you can go hiking, biking, climb the lighthouse and spot some wild ponies: Just remember the bug spray! KOA guests also get discounted access to Maui Jack’s water park next to the campground. If you want to enjoy the natural beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague, you can rent a kayak and take a tour of the bay, go fishing, or rent bikes.

9. Westmoreland State Park — Montross

Hunt for shark's teeth on the fossil beach at Westmoreland State Park. Photo by Virginia State Parks/CC BY 2.0.

Tent and RV camping open March-December. Cabins available year-round

Westmoreland State Park is best known for its fossil beach, where kids can hunt for prehistoric shark teeth. But this state park also has camping and other great activities for families. Tent and RV camping sites are available from the first Friday in March until the first Monday in December. Rustic camping cabins without heating or AC are available for rent from April 1 to mid-October. Larger cabins with a kitchen, bathroom and heating and AC are available year-round. Activities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, where you can glimpse bald eagles and other water birds, fishing, boating and playgrounds. During the summer, kayaks, paddle boats, and stand-up paddle boards are available for rent.

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