Great American Backyard Campout Events at Maryland State Parks

Great American Backyard Campout logoThe Maryland Park Service has teamed with the National Wildlife Federation to celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout on June 28, 2014 with events at five State Parks. Refer to the complete list below. The cost of each event varies and all proceeds support nature education programs.

On June 28 thousands of people across the nation will participate in The Great American Backyard Campout as they gather in backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks for a one-night event that encourages a new generation to explore the wonders of nature and have fun participating in a classic, family-friendly outdoor activity known as camping.

Maryland State Parks invites you to join them for a night under the stars at one of their fabulous facilities listed below. No previous camping experience required! They'll provide family-friendly activities, along with some fun giveaways from National Wildlife Federation.

Great American Backyard Campout at Sandy Point State Park

Bring your family to camp at Sandy Point State Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay for our 3rd annual Backyard Campout! Exciting campout activities include games for the entire family, nature crafts, a moonlit nature hike, and a campfire with s'mores. Don't miss out on this great adventure! Check-in begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Check-out is 10 a.m. on Sunday. Camping in tents only and reservations are required.
Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday
Where: Anne Arundel County - 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409
Cost: $25/family (up to six people); includes entrance into the day-use area on both Saturday and Sunday
All Ages
Contact: Sara Marcinak
Phone: 410-974-2149
E-mail: smarcinak@dnr.state.md.us
Website: Sandy Point State Park


Great American Backyard Campout at Cunningham Falls State Park

Kids in tentIf you and your family have never been camping before, then this is the campout for you. Join Cunningham Falls State Park staff and volunteers for an evening of fun and outdoor learning in our Camping 101 experience. The campout will be held in the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park located off of US 15 just south of Thurmont. Participants will learn hot to start a campfire, pitch a tent, cook a campfire classic meal, and s'mores. Space is limited. First time family campers only.
Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 5 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday
Where: Frederick County - 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Cost: Free
All Ages
Contact: Mark Spurrier
Phone: 301-271-7574
E-mail: mspurrier@dnr.state.md.us
Website: Cunningham Falls State Park

Great American Backyard Campout at Fair Hill NRMA

Bring your family to the Cockerham site as we celebrate the the Great American Backyard Campout. Pitch a tent in our backyard and enjoy a campfire, visit our one room schoolhouse, hike the Mason-Dixon Line, or just kick back and relax to the sounds of nature. Campers are responsible for bringing their own equipment and food.
Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 4 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday
Where: Cecil County - 300 Tawes Drive, Elkton, MD 21921
Cost: $10/family
All Ages
Contact: JoAnn Kricker
Phone: 410-398-1246
E-mail: jkricker@dnr.state.md.us
Website: Fair Hill NRMA

Great American Backyard Campout at Point Lookout State Park

Bring your family to camp at Point Lookout State Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay for our 4th annual Backyard Campout! Activities include a wildlife hike, campfire cookout, guided canoe tour and craft time at the Nature Center.
Date: June 28, 2014
Time: 3 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. on Sunday
Where: St. Mary's County - 11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687
Cost: $3/plate for campfire dinner cookout; $2/plate for breakfast
Accessible: Yes; advance notice recommended
All Ages
Contact: Jonas Williams
Phone: 301-872-5688
E-mail: jmwilliams@dnr.state.md.us
Website: Point Lookout State Park