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THE BEST CAMPING SPOTS NEAR BALTIMORE

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UPDATED JUL 14, 2020

Looking to escape the bustling city and need unforgettable outdoor adventure? Check out our list of some of the best camping spots near Baltimore!

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CHARLOTTE NAGEY

FITT BALTIMORE CONTRIBUTOR

Visit Cecil County for a weekend in the woods at Elk Neck State Park. There are plenty of trails for you to hike and even make your way to the shoreline of Elk River. We recommend pitching your tent (or RV) at the North East Loop, which then leads you along a short trek to the Turkey Point Lighthouse (the perfect moment for an Instagram shot).

There may be a whopping 278 individual campsites in Rocky Gap State Park, but make sure to reserve a spot well ahead of time — the park is a fan favorite for camping in Western Maryland! Rocky Gap has so much to offer, from kayaks and SUP boards to playgrounds and snack bars. You can even rent a mini cabin or a yurt (a small hut-like cabin for eight or more) if you’re looking for a “glamping” experience.

You’ll find Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains, complete with over 100 sites for setting up camp and getting away from it all. The park is open for camping from April through October and offers plenty of hiking. Enjoy clearly marked trails that lead you to Cunningham Falls, a 78-foot cascading waterfall that is not a sight to miss.

Along the Potomac River in St. Mary’s, Point Lookout State Park awaits. Soak up the sun on the beachy peninsula, go for a swim, or visit the Civil War Museum & Nature Center here. At the end of the day’s activities, you can set up a fire pit, roast some weenies, and share ghost stories. But seriously, some of those ghost stories may be real — Point Lookout has a turbulent history of tales ranging from Civil War prison camps to shipwrecks. Maybe sleep with the lantern on…

Assateague State Park offers a variety of camping areas for you to spend the weekend. As Maryland’s only oceanfront park, you can bet the views are beautiful. Set up camp, then take your kayak or paddle board to the open water, or spend a few hours fishing for dinner. But keep an eye out for the locals — wild, beautiful horses that roam the shores.

A beautiful bit of nature and solace just west of Baltimore, Patapsco Valley offers some unique camping experiences. Recreational activities are endless, and you can even bring your dog so they can release their inner wolf. While you’re here, make sure you take a hike to see the ruins (old mills and buildings “modernized” by graffiti) or Cascade Falls.

A remote island off Middle River with acres of land to explore, you get it all with Hart-Miller Island. What makes Hart-Miller a camping adventure? The fact that it’s only accessible by boat, so you get to kayak, SUP, speedboat, or rowboat yourself and your camping gear to your campsite. Set up camp on the sandy shores of the island, roast some s’mores, and breathe in the bay air. Fitt Tip: camping is only allowed May–September with 22 campsites, so you better row your boat fast to save your tent space.

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