Family-Friendly Campgrounds Near DC
Feeling cabin fever from COVID-19, 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.
All of these campgrounds and parks are taking COVID-19 precautions seriously. Before your trip, please visit websites or reach out to staff for the latest safety guidelines related to COVID-19. Amenities available and safety procedures may change.
Family-Friendly Campsites in Maryland
Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground—Rohrersville
Enjoy an enchanting stay in the Hobbit House at Treehouse Camp. Photo courtesy of Maple Tree Campground.
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: Groups larger than 10 people are not permitted. Masks are required in all common spaces. Check-in is no-contact and all campers must sign a waiver at check-in agreeing to safety and social distancing rules.
Cherry Hill Park—College Park
Thrill to the splash park at Cherry Hill Park campground in College Park. Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Park.
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: Some amenities are closed, including the hot tub and sauna, arcade, and tractor rides. Tours and sightseeing sessions are canceled. Check-ins are contactless when you arrive, and online ordering and curbside pickup or delivery are available from stores and the café. Visitors are limited to five people per campsite and masks are required for all guests ages 5 and older while inside buildings.
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: All guests over age 5 are required to wear a mask in public indoor facilities and outdoors when less than six feet apart from others. Campsites are limited to members of a single household and visiting other sites is not allowed. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult when outside your campsite. The clubhouse, the High Ropes Adventure Park, the shuttle, and the Western Theme Park are currently closed. There are enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures in place for common areas and cabin rentals.
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.
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: The check-in and check-out processes are faster and require less contact with staff. Social distancing is mandatory and masks are required in all indoor public buildings. Most amenities are open with some modifications for safety and increased cleaning and sanitization. The ninja course is currently closed. The cafe is open for takeout only. The bears cannot visit your campsite, but they are roaming around the park and kids are encouraged to say hi from a safe distance.
Family-Friendly Campsites in Virginia
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: The parks are all operating under Virginia’s Phase III reopening guidelines and almost all amenities are open. The camp store at Bull Run is only open for check-ins, and picnic shelters are open at limited capacity. Visitors are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
Wilderness Presidential Resort—Spotsylvania
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: Masks are required for guests age 5 and up, as required by Virginia state law, and social distancing is required. Public areas and accommodations are receiving enhanced cleaning and sanitization following CDC guidelines. Out-of-state visitors coming from states with travel restrictions will not be permitted to make reservations. Some resort amenities are closed and others are open with restrictions. See the website for a detailed, up-to-date list.
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: Fairfax County parks are open, operating under Virginia’s Phase III guidelines. Some amenities may be closed. Visitors ages 2 and older must wear masks indoors; when outdoors, wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained. Indoor facilities are being regularly disinfected, but outdoor equipment such as playgrounds are not regularly disinfected and can be used at your family’s discretion.
Chincoteague Island KOA—Chincoteague
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: Check-in has been modified to minimize the need for interaction with staff, and express check-in is available to all campers. Expect enhanced cleaning and sanitization of public areas and cabin rentals. The following amenities are currently closed: jumping pillow, outdoor pool, the pavilion and activity center, the community campfire, the cornhole and gaming area, and the playground. Special events are currently canceled, and the complimentary shuttle is not operating. Social distancing is required.
Westmoreland State Park—Montross
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.
COVID-19 safety precautions: Groups larger than 10 people are currently prohibited. All visitors over age 5 must wear masks when inside park facilities and outside where social distancing is not possible. Cabins are available for rent and enhanced cleaning procedures are in place. In addition, there is a 24-hour period between guest rentals to allow for adequate sanitization. Linens, including sheets, blankets and towels, are no longer provided with cabin rentals.
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