State Parks and Forests That Offer Camping

Year 2014 Camping Season

The Maryland Park Service offers more than 2,000 campsites, 120 full-service and camper cabins, and 100 picnic shelters to guests. Reservations for these facilities can be made through a toll-free, reservation service by calling 1-888-432-2267, (8am - 8pm Monday through Friday). For citizens residing outside the United States, reservations can be made by calling 301-687-8160. This is not a toll-free call. TTY users can call 866-804-7846.Tent Site at Patapsco Valley State Park

On-line reservations may be made at reservations.dnr.state.md.us. Internet customers have the ability to make reservations on Maryland's Reservation Internet site 24 hours a day/7 days a week. New inventory will become available to Internet customers at the same time as the opening of the Reservation Call Center at 8 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Reservation staff will help you select the most appropriate site for your needs. With one call, you can make multiple reservations for your camping and outdoor recreation needs. Walk-in guests at parks and forests can request any non-reserved sites. Campsites, cabins, picnic shelters and youth group campsites in Maryland state parks can be reserved by calling 1-888-432-2267, or 301-687-8160 if you live outside the United States, unless otherwise noted.

Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance of the date of arrival. Camping and cabin service charges must be paid at the time the reservation is made by credit card, using either MasterCard or VISA. Campsite and cabin rental rates vary. The rates are available by calling the toll-free reservation number. Service charges are subject to change.

If you are a frequent visitor to Maryland State Parks, consider purchasing a Maryland Park Service Passport for a genuine cost savings. You may purchase the 2014 Passport on-line through this website.


Parks with Camping Accommodations

Maryland's state parks offer a camping experience for everyone - from campgrounds with electric, sewer and water hookups and showers, to primitive camping in state forests. Most campsites are available through advance reservations by calling 1-888-432-2267, or 301-687-8160 if you live outside the United States.

Primitive campsites in state forests are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Self-registration is available at each forest office and must be made for a minimum of two nights on weekends and three nights (Friday through Sunday) on holiday weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Youth Group camping is also available at designated state parks. See specific information regarding youth group campsites at this bottom of this web page.

Full Service Cabins

Full service cabin reservations must be made for Saturday-Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. All other times, full service cabins have a minimum two night stay. The Maryland Park Service is ready to meet your needs when planning a stay in one of 50 state park cabins located throughout Maryland. These simple cabins offer some of the modern comforts of home, yet still provide a great way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.Full Service Cabin at herrington Manor State Park

Most of the cabins are furnished and equipped with electricity, bathrooms with showers, fireplaces and kitchens. Cabins also come equipped with minimal dishes, pots and pans and dinnerware. Firewood is provided in winter months. Cabins at Elk Neck State Park do not have bathrooms. A central washhouse with hot and cold running water and flush toilets is provided. Cooking utensils, tableware, linens and blankets must be provided by occupants.

Camper Cabins

Camper cabins offer guests the option of enjoying the outdoors, while sleeping Camper Cabin on a real bed and closing a real door. Many Maryland State Parks offer camper cabins, which are small rustic cabins with beds for four to six people -- usually a double and two twin beds set up bunk style. The six-person camper cabins offer a futon couch, 2 sets of bunk beds and usually a small table w/chairs. Grills are provided for outdoor cooking and restroom facilities are available nearby. Camper cabin reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights on weekends and three nights on holiday weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Cancellation Policies

Camping/Camper cabins/Yurts
Cancellations made up to the close of business the day prior to arrival will be charged $6.00 per night cancellation service charge. Cancellations made on the scheduled arrival date will be charged one night’s camping service charge for each reservation, as well as $6.00 per night cancellation service charge for each additional night. No refunds will be issued for no-shows, or for cancellations or early departures after the day of arrival.
Full Service Cabins
Cancellations made up to 46 days prior to the start of the reservation will be charged a $6.00 per night cancellation service charge. Cancellations made 45 days or less prior to the scheduled arrival date will be charged one night's cabin rental, as well as $6.00 per night cancellation service charge for each additional night. No refunds will be issued for no-shows, or for cancellations or early departures after the day of arrival.
Shelters
Cancellations made up to 46 days prior to the reservation date will be charged a $6.00 cancellation service charge. Cancellations made 8 to 45 days prior to the reservation date will be charged 50% of the reservation service charge. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made 7 days or less in advance of the reservation date.

Unique Overnight Accommodations

Mill Pond Cottage

If you are looking for a unique getaway that is relaxing and close to nature, then Gunpowder Falls State Park has the place for you.Mill Pond Cottage

Nestled in the Hereford Wildlands, the Mill Pond Cottage offers visitors an array of outdoor recreation opportunities. Hikers and nature lovers will enjoy the miles of trails. Paddling, tubing and world-class trout fishing are also located just out the front door while cyslists will find the nearby Northern Central Rail Trail to be an enjoyable ride.

The staff at Gunpowder Falls State park is more than willing to custom design your stay. Local outfitters can be arranged to lead day trips or teach you how to fool the Gunpowder River's discriminating wild trout. Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway or world class trout fishing, Gunpowder's Mill Pond Cottage is a great place to stay.

If you would like more information about the Mill Pond Cottage or would like to make a reservation, please call Park Headquarters at 410-592-2897. The cost is $200 per night. There is a two-night minimum year round and 3-night minimum on holiday weekends.

Janes Island Conference Center

The Daugherty Creek Conference Center at Janes Island State Park is available year round for half day, full day, and overnight use. The facility sleeps 16 persons and is equipped with four bedrooms, three and one half baths, kitchen, common area, large second floor meeting room, two fireplaces, heat, air conditioning, and a deck overlooking the expansive marshes of Janes Island.Janes Island Conference Center

Additional amenities include a screened porch and a large outdoor grill. The Conference Center kitchen is equipped with oven, stove, refrigerator, dish washer, coffee pot, microwave, basic cooking utensils, and service for 16. Renters must provide their own towels and bed linens.

Rentals rates vary, depending on length of stay. Visit the service charge page for rate information.

Located near Crisfield on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Janes Island State Park offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty and bounty of the Chesapeake Bay. The island portion of the park – Janes Island – includes over 2,900 acres of saltmarsh, over 30 miles of water trails, and miles of isolated pristine beaches.

Wye Island Conference Lodge

Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area hosts the DNR Conference Lodge (Duck House). The lodge and grounds are available to rent for your meetings, retreats, company picnics, family reunions, Wye Island Conference Lodgeweddings and receptions. The conference lodge is located on Granary Creek just off the Wye East River. For recreation, we provide volleyball and horseshoes and a large field for other recreational activities. Guests are welcome to hike or bring bicycles to utilize the many miles of trails and shoreline. The lodge can accomodate 25 to 30 people per day for an indoor meeting or event. There are overnight accommodations for 12 people in a dormitory setting within the lodge and adjoining bunkhouse. Outdoors, groups of 50 to 250 people can be accommodated as well using the lodge and nearby pavilion.. A self-service kitchen and an outdoor grill are available to users. A list of local caterers is available upon request. Pets are permitted in the area but for sanitary reasons are prohibited from being in the Conference Lodge.

Rental charge for the lodge is $225 per day plus a $15 reservation charge. Overnight accommodations in the bunkhouse cost an additional service charge of $50.00 per night. During certain times of the year, the pavilion can be reserved for a service charge of $175 per day. The lodge and pavilion can be rented as a package for $350 per day. Reservations are accepted ten months in advance of your stay and can be made by contacting the Wye Island Office at 410-827-7577 or via e-mail at wye-island-nrma@dnr.state.md.us

Private Campgrounds

For information on private campgrounds in Maryland, please contact the Maryland Association of Campgrounds at 301-271-7012, via e-mail at campinmd@dmv.com, or on-line at: www.mdcamping.com

Park Passes

The Maryland Park Service offers four different kinds of park passes. Select the pass that best meets your needs and link to the appropriate application that can be downloaded and mailed to the Maryland Park Service for your convenience.

  • 2014 Passport -- Entitles unlimited day-use entry, for everyone in the vehicle, to Maryland's state forests and parks; unlimited boat launching; and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals.
    Purchase the 2014 Passport on-line through this website.
  • Youth Group Pass -- Entitles youth groups free day use admittance to Maryland State Parks and free camping in those parks that have designated "Youth Group" areas subject to site availability. This pass is not valid for day use entry on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Golden Age Pass -- Entitles adults, ages 62 and older, free entry (cardholders only) to all State Parks that charge service fees. The pass is also valid for half price camping Sunday through Thursday.
  • Universal Disability Pass -- Entitles free lifetime entry to State Parks for individuals with disabilities. This pass does not waive the additional boat launch service charge except where the launch charge is included in the day use service charge.

Camping, Cabin and Shelter Reservations

The following facilities have campsites, cabins, and shelters, as listed, available for rent through the statewide reservation system, unless otherwise noted as available on a first-come, first-served basis, or through a specific park or forest office.

EASTERN REGION

Assateague State Park
  • Family campsites
  • Youth group campsites (reserved by calling the Reservation Service at 1-888-432-2267)

Pocomoke River State Park (Shad Landing)
Pocomoke River State Park (Milburn Landing)
Janes Island State Park
  • Cabins, camper cabins, family campsites, picnic shelters and conference center

Tuckahoe State Park
  • Family campsites, camper cabins and picnic shelters
  • Youth group campsites (reserved through the park office, call 410-820-1668)
  • Area rental (reserved through the park office)

Martinak State Park
  • Cabin, camper cabins, family campsites and picnic shelters

Wye Island NRMA
  • Conference center (reserved through Wye Island Office)
  • Youth group campsites (reserved through Wye Island Office, call 410-827-7577)

CENTRAL REGION

Patapsco Valley State Park
  • Avalon Area - picnic shelters
  • Glen Artney - picnic shelters
  • Hilton Area - family campsites, camper cabins, picnic shelters
  • Hilton Area - youth group campsites (reserved through the Reservation Service)
  • Hollofield Area - family campsites and picnic shelters
  • McKeldin Area - picnic shelters
  • McKeldin Area - youth group campsites (reserved through the Reservation Service)
  • Orange Grove Area - picnic shelters
  • Pickall Area - picnic shelters

Seneca Creek State Park
  • Picnic shelters and open area picnic sites

Gunpowder Falls State Park
  • Camp Cone - Youth group campsites (reserved through the park office, call 410-592-2897)
  • Camp Wood - Youth group campsites (reserved through the park office, call 410-592-2897)
  • Hammerman Area - picnic shelters
  • Hereford Area - Mill Pond Cottage (reserved through the park office)

Hart-Miller Island
  • Family campsites (first-come, first-served basis, accessible by boat only)

Rocks State Park
  • Picnic shelters

Susquehanna State Park
  • Family campsites, camper cabins and picnic shelters

Elk Neck State Park

SOUTHERN REGION

Sandy Point State Park
Smallwood State Park
Cedarville State Forest
Rosaryville
  • Picnic shelters

Point Lookout State Park
Calvert Cliffs State Park

WESTERN REGION

Cunningham Falls State Park
Gambrill State Park
  • Family campsites, picnic shelters, camper cabins and Tea Room

Greenbrier State Park
Washington Monument State Park
Fort Frederick
Rocky Gap State Park
Green Ridge State Forest
  • Primitive campsites (first come, first served)
  • Group sites (parties with 20 or more may reserve through the forest office)

Dan's Mountain State Park
  • Picnic shelters

New Germany State Park
  • Cabins, family campsites and picnic shelters

Big Run State Park
Savage River State Forest
  • Primitive campsites (first come, first served)

Deep Creek Lake State Park
  • Bear Den campsite, camper cabins, family campsites, picnic shelters and Yurt

Herrington Manor State Park
  • Cabins and picnic shelter

Swallow Falls State Park