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1. Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park
Price/Quality
5
Available Services
5
Location
5
Parking Availability
5
Wifi
5

Address: 3545 Williamsburg Ln NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

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Review: "Nothing better than run/bike/hike to break the work routine in the rock ..."

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James Salt: great little swimming hole. this is a river ford with concrete footing so easy on the feet. nice fishing hole with eels just under the bridge to the north.

gordon james: I work at the park so quite naturally I will say that the park is great.

Nnamdi Azikiwe: Our little Washington DC secret.

Marlene Lopez: Peaceful and beautiful

Laura Moreno: Nothing better than run/bike/hike to break the work routine in the rock creek park

Kenneth Cintron: Awesome..!!

Psychic Chevy Chase: Lovers quite time

TC Woodland: Love it

Jose Gonzalez: Nice place

2. Washington DC / Capitol KOA Holiday

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Washington DC / Capitol KOA Holiday
Price/Quality
5
Available Services
5
Location
5
Parking Availability
5
Wifi
5

Address: 768 Cecil Ave N, Millersville, MD 21108

Telephone: (800) 562-0248

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Review: "For starters a lot of the campsites are not level."

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RandThrockM: Good place to getaway and relax. Bathroom and showers we're well maintained. Campsites a little close to each other but neighbors were friendly. Hiking trail not bad, need more and clear markings as well as bushes need to be trimmed some on the path. Inside the registration/store we met one of the best workers there, sorry feel bad can't remember this older gentleman's name. Very helpful and polite throughout our whole stay, definitely deserves kudos for going over and beyond his job. 👍🏽 If staying longer, there are some good shopping and activities nearby.

Nicole Neumann: I would rate this place 0 stars if I could. The staff was not friendly/helpful at ALL. My family and I live in our camper and are just passing through the DC area. Thank GOD it is only a 2 night stay. My kids went to the jump pad and I was sitting outside of my camper watching them, however the staff would not allow that. Even though, there were 3 other kids on the jump pad with no parents in sight. I was at least watching my children. Once the staff decided to tell me they could not jump unless I was STANDING at the fence line, we tried to mention that there were other children up there with no parents around and instead of having a grown up conversation, the staff decided to drive away on their golf cart in the middle of us talking to them. They were extremely rude. The staff is truly watching your every step, so if you like having baby sitters, then by all means, this is the campground for you. On top of the unfriendly staff, the facility is filthy. The pool is now open for the summer and the water is GREEN. You would think after being closed all winter, they would have had it cleaned and ready for opening week. I would NEVER stay here again, nor would I even recommend this campground to my worst enemy.

Mia Fish: It was good enough for what we needed. It was off season and we were happy to get a place to stay. Our spot wasn’t great due to the size of our rig and the spot was up an incline then we had to go back and forth to find most level spot. Other spots much more level but in all fairness we might have asked for this spot not realizing how it was in real life. Easy to get to in snd out. No narrow barriers. You can unhook right outside check in office. I’d definitely stay again.

Anne Byrnes: Worst experience at a KOA ever. We found one staff member to be blatantly rude and condescending during our stay. He was abrasive and challenging to my husband in tone and manner. It was totally inappropriate and unnecessary. The showers and restrooms have bugs everywhere. They keep the doors to these areas open 24 hrs a day so anything could crawl into the area. Disgusting. The water is cold and the shower stalls so small you can't move. Overall the place is dirty. We've always stayed at KOA campgrounds and never had this type of experience prior. Keep driving and avoid this place.

Lill_Ginge: After staying here, my views on this location are severely altered. Aside from the low cost and distance to the city, everything was negitve, the largest problems being with a complete lack of hot water in the showers and sink. It was also next to a large highway and a airport which isn't really the "camping adventure" anyone is looking for. While my stay was enjoyable, this was only due to my family's presence.

Dr. Mott: Capital KOA only receives 1 star. We stayed at a "premium site" ($100). We arrived to a dirty fire ring and a non working grill. They cleaned the fire ring and disassembled the grill but never fixed it. They left the gas on and it smelled terrible so I turned it off. Most of the staff is polite but a few are indifferent. The bathrooms were not cleaned frequently but were not terrible. I stay here twice a year every year but will not be back. It's not worth the price even though the location is central to DC, Annapolis and Baltimore.

Julie Moore: My daughter came down with a fever the day before our arrival. She also developed a cough. We called to cancel our reservations to do the right thing even though of course we were disappointed to not have our family vacation. I called ahead, but it was not 48 hours ahead. We would have called 48 hours if she fell ill the day before. I was told that I would be charged the first night. The receptionist said that she would speak to the manager and she was sure that given the circumstances, it would be refunded. I still have not been refunded and I've called several times to resolve this. I would have used the site and kept our distance if we had known that we would have not been refunded. I am very disappointed in this KOA. Seems like they would rather people come sick than encourage people to do the right thing.

MaryBeth L: I’ve been a slacker about my reviews but I’m making a point to leave a review because clearly some of the issues haven’t been resolved. We stayed in March. Staff did not make clear what check in process was and i didn’t personally hear from them until I contacted them that there was no hot water in the showers. We were told they were “on the list” and it should be fixed next week and in the mean time to use the showers by the pool. Clearly that hasn’t been resolved. Also - the name is a misnomer because it’s nearly an HOUR to get into the Capitol area most days. I’d stay here again if I had to but it won’t be my first choice. I let them keep 3 stars because the sites were level, they had FHU and facilities - even if they weren’t very useful, and they had a playground.

Dean Krebs: They had no hot water in the rest rooms. I was very happy to be able to shower in our trailer. I have, however, stayed there many times in the past going back to the late 70s with our children and grandchildren and had wonderful times, so I won't give up on them for one bad week.

Alecia Burke: Update: they charged my debit card without authorization because I was a guest to a camper and I left after 12. I never signed anything so this is illegal. This KOA leaves a lot to be desired. Some of the staff were nice, some, not so much! Rules changed depending on who you spoke to, and so did prices. Guests went from $10 (5 per person) to $15 (5 per person and per car). The pool was closed for the season (we visited in JUNE). Not worth the price. Poorly planned sites that are close to each other and have no pathways in between, so you have to walk ALL the way around all of the sites to get to the playground, if you're parked in the middle of the campground. The playground didn't have enough gravel, so you can see the very bottom of the playground (the part that's supposed to be buried). I would not stay here again and would not recommend it.

3. Cherry Hill Park

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Cherry Hill Park
Price/Quality
4.8
Available Services
4.9
Location
4.8
Parking Availability
4.8
Wifi
4.8

Address: 9800 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740

Telephone: (301) 937-7116

Guy: Campground


Review: "Definitely the campsite to use as a base while visiting Washington DC."

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Eric Isaacson: I had high expectations and they were well met. So much of the staff was just so friendly and actually trying to make sure we enjoyed our stay. I even saw a lifeguard smiling while watching kids play in the pool. They're just happy and helpful and care. The facilities were great. We played in the pool, did laundry, enjoyed their out door movie night, played on multiple playgrounds, and sat in the hot tub. You'll want to make sure you have a support slinky for your sewer hose though as their drain pipes are a little elevated. also, just a heads up that the Cherry Hill bus line that starts and ends at the gate is not super dependable and just doesn't show sometimes, twice for us. That's not the campgrounds fault, just a heads up for visitors. On this trip, we've seen Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the Gateway Arch, the National Mall, and the Smithsonian Zoo (to name a few) but Cherry Hill is the favorite destination for some of my kids and in the top few for all of them. This was a sad place to move out of as we continued our trip. Thank you!
Response: Thanks, Eric, it makes us so happy to hear that you and your family were treated well at our campground. We love our staff, and we're so glad they made such a positive impact on your stay!

Gigliotti Family: Great RV resort with lots of amenities and close to DC. We stayed for 3 nights over Easter. Sites are a little small but very clean. Bathhouses were close and also very clean. We had planned on going into DC 2 separate days but there was so much to do at the resort and our kids were having so much fun we decided to stay at the campground for 1 of the days instead of going into DC. The transportation offered to the metro was excellent and so convenient! Being novice campers, we forgot a few things but the general store at the campground had everything we needed. The cafe also has excellent food! We will definitely be back!!
Response: Thanks for camping with us - we're happy to hear your family enjoyed the amenities so much! See you next time :)

Kellie Fischer: We brought our RV in at night and they were very accommodating to helping us find our site. Jon was so kind and helpful to us our whole stay. We really appreciated his help and conversation! The location was fabulous! The young man in the camp store gave us exact directions into Washington DC and even assisted in loading subway cards so I didn't have to fuss with getting them at subway station. Great customer service! Thank you Cherry Hill Park!
Response: We agree, Jon rocks! We will pass on the compliment. We're so glad our staff helped make your trip easy and relaxing!

Desi Jerry: The camp grounds was immaculate, bathrooms were clean at all times! We stayed in the premium tent site that were well worth the extra fee. Having the lawn chairs and gazebo was wonderful… Our family will stay here again! Location was close to stores if you needed to pick up groceries. The site also supplied Ice and wood delivery!
Response: We're so glad you enjoyed the premium tent sites - thanks for camping with us, Desi!

Michael Kraxberger: What a great place! The campgrounds are huge, but because of the segmented areas, it still has a small park feel - depending on where you are located. Some areas are quite tight and look crowded, others a little more spacious. Location is everything - this is 5 minutes from the Metro station (actually 2, we always went to Greenbelt station) which will take you anywhere inside the beltway, several downtown locations, and even to Mt. Vernon. The campground also has several private tours directly into DC - we took the night tour, which was a marked difference in the standard group tour. Grounds - exceptionally maintained. Amenities - beyond expectations. DC highlights seminar at 4:00 every day - fantastic content and helpful advice about the city. 2 pools, Hot tub, and sauna, two laundry rooms, clean, spacious, well-lit bathhouses, kids programs, gated access - all above standard. This is one of the best in the country!
Response: Wow, Michael, thanks so much! We're really glad you were impressed with us, and we hope we helped make your trip to DC everything it could be. Thanks for camping with us!

Angeli: Everything was Excellent! The customer service was great. Everyone my husband and I dealt with that worked at the campground was very friendly , helpful and welcoming. The facilities ( Bathhouses) the shower stalls were keep pristine, there were very good water pressure and plenty of hot water. All of the amenities were obviously well maintained, The pool, Splash pad, miniature Golf, Basketball Court. The campground at Cherry Hill Park is a beautiful place with many areas of peaceful tranquility so you can really relax. Also the roadways are well paved and lighted to make driving at night around the campground or even walking around at night quite comfortable. We used a tent and our site #116 was great. plenty of room for our vehicle, tent and lounge chairs. A picnic table and fire was provided. Thank you to everyone at Cherry Hill Campgounds. My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves and are already planning a return trip later this year.
Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your trip, Angeli! Sounds like we'll see you again soon :)

Shelli Echave: Park was wonderful! The staff was super friendly and helpful, the grounds were very clean and well maintained. The laundry and showers were conveniently located and reasonably priced. The metro bus made it easy to connect to the metro line for the ride into DC. Overall, I couldn't be happier with my stay.
Response: Thanks, Shelli, we're so glad to hear that!

Jeff Dykie: Our family stayed here in a travel trailer. We chose Cherry Hill Park because of how close it is to Washington DC. Cherry Hill is fabulous! We have stayed at many campgrounds and this was one of the nicest. The pride the owners and employees have in this campground is evident when you first enter. There really are no "bad" sites. A lot to do, great store. Went to DC on the express bus, very convenient. We already booked for next summer!
Response: Thanks, Jeff - we're so glad to hear you'll be joining us again next year!

Ashley Savina: Love this park! I stayed in the couple' style dog friendly pod and it was one of the cleanest places I've stayed. It was nice having the climate control, electricity, bed, table/chairs, mini fridge and microwave for more of a "glamping" experience. It was nice having shelter during the rain as well. You do hear traffic from the highway which was like white noise to me but for some it might take away from wanting to enjoy "peace and quiet" The bath house was very clean too.This camp ground is well taken care of. Lots of activities around the park, I can't wait to come back!
Response: Thanks Ashley - we're so glad you enjoyed the pod!

Eric Wolf: This was our second trip to Cherry Hill. We were here 5 years ago and stayed in a cabin, that has since been upgraded to a Yurt. This time we came in our own camper. We would highly recommend and will definitely return when we want to visit DC again. The convenience of the location is unbeatable. They do run a bus from the campground to the nearest metro station. We opted to drive our truck to the Greenbelt station and park for a $4.95 flat rate during the week, free on weekends and get a 3 - day metro pass ($28.00) We could not have been happier with this decision. The drive in on weekdays to DC was routinely showing 1 hour on google maps. The Campground has definitely made many improvements since we were last here. The pool is a fun spot, the dog park is great, the mini golf is as good as any that would pay to go to. (there is a $1 fee per person) I was glad to pay as it kept kids from just congregating there. The workers were all very friendly. We ended up in the middle of a large group of campers who told us they were there to party. Party they did, but the campground was on top of them and shut them down promptly at 10 p.m. every day. The bathhouses were clean and maintained, as is the whole campground. It is very well kept up. The store is well stocked with groceries and essentially an RV parts store. The only negative is that there is a fair bit of highway noise, but we were okay with that since we were so close to DC.
Response: Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Eric. We agree that the Metro is the best way to avoid the often traffic-y drive into DC. We are so happy to hear that we were on top of enforcing our quiet hours - we've implemented a ranger program over the past couple of years to address this exact issue, and we're so pleased with our excellent team! We appreciate you camping with us, and we hope we'll see you again next time you're traveling in our area!

4. Greenbelt Campground

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Greenbelt Campground
Price/Quality
4.8
Available Services
4.8
Location
4.9
Parking Availability
4.8
Wifi
4.8

Address: Riverdale, MD 20737

Telephone: (301) 344-3944

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Review: "Great campsites with trees and separation between the sites."

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Heather Bowman: Upon checking in, realized our site was too small for our tents (a 3 person and a 1 person). We were able to switch sites but then realized the bathrooms were gross. The mens room did not have doors on the stalls which made my 10 year old son uncomfortable. The ranger was incredibly helpful and kind, but we left.

C F: So I understand that the campground has been closed for awhile and recently opened. It could definitely use some upgrades, but seems like they are working on it. Bathrooms are outdated and on the dirty side, but warm and functional. It's been below freezing at night so the tick problem isn't so bad yet, but I did find one on my dog. I imagine it will get worse as the weather gets warmer. The park is really big with trails and picnic areas, but because of the cold weather I haven't done much hiking, but the one trail I did hike was nice. The camp host is super nice and drops in to chat while doing his rounds, and was very helpful with a few things I needed and questions I had. Overall, for 20 bucks a night to be this close to DC, I can't believe that the place is not packed for cherry blossom season, but it's almost empty. It's really a nice campground and will hopefully get better if they do some upgrades, which it seems like they are.

Arndts Aren’t Staying Put: We enjoyed our time at Greenbelt Campground. This affordable option near the District was awesome for exploring the Capitol. Lots of nature and wildlife to explore at this beautiful spot. The only things we didn’t love were the tight fitting campsites, unlevel spaces, and lack of electric hookup options. Still, we recommend this park! We’re the Arndts, a family of four (+2 cats) traveling the US’ state and national parks full time. Follow us on Instagram: @arndts.arent.staying.put

Blaine Kaiser: Pretty good campground. $20/night is not terrible for how close you are to DC and metro stations to take you in via train. Spots are nice and blacktopped. The fire pit and grill in my pictures are some of the nicer ones I could find to photograph. A lot of the fire pits are pretty well destroyed. The bathrooms are probably a 6/10. I'm not sure they got cleaned the first week we were there. The showers could use more attention than what they get, the shower often times has a drain full of hair. It would be awesome if there was power provided. Overall, totally worth the stay.

Scott Schroth: Awesome camp ground. Very well kept paths and pad suites. Most camp sites have a fire cover they ask you to use for control. The cover is a great aid to help cook food or roast marshmallows. Most site areas have a picnic cable and a standing grill near by each site.

merlemcc: Stayed one night while passing through on a bike trip. Our fellow campers are quiet, but you hear some traffic noise from the city. Our campsite was washed out from heavy rain and unusable; we set up our tents on the pavement. Bathrooms were clean enough, with nice hot water in the shower, but in disrepair. In general, it looks like a park hanging on with a shoestring budget. Ranger was very friendly and took the time to chat with us.

Mirko Abad: Very peaceful. Really relaxing is worth the trip and spend a few days.

Waleed AlRayes: Online and easy booking, amazing place and close to downtown attractions

Sebastien Pilon: Perfect place to stay if you want to visit the Capitol while camping and having fun!!

Chris: Great campgrounds! Plenty of drive-in campsites with built-in picnic tables, fire pits, and warm restrooms.

5. Pohick Bay Regional Park

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Pohick Bay Regional Park
Price/Quality
4.5
Available Services
4.4
Location
4.4
Parking Availability
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 6501 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton, VA 22079

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6:30AM

Telephone: (703) 339-6104

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Review: "... is one of our favorite campgrounds and we've been all over the US."

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Amanda McHugh: A great park with lots to do - easy to spend a whole day here. There’s a gorgeous lake that you can enjoy (boating, fishing, etc.). Paddle boards, canoes/kayaks, and some other non-motorized water equipment is available for rent or you can bring your own. There’s a boat drop available (small fee charged upon entering the park) and a smaller launch site for things like kayaks and paddle boards. There are pavilions with grills available for reservation, a disc golf course, and a water park for the kiddos. There are also some hiking/walking trails. Don’t sleep on this park - it’s great!
Response: Thank you Amanda! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We hope you come back and visit us again very soon!

Abby Berk: Amazing camping experience! We had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect, the campsite are so spacious (we stayed in a non-electric site). Their grounds were well kept and lovely. They had an outdoor movie night that was such a fun surprise! We bought all our firewood from the campstore - it was such high quality wood, easy to light, easy to get more if needed! We played their disc golf course. I love that they sell discs in the camp store. It was a nice course, great for beginners. A nice amount in the sun and in the shade. We also tried a few if their trails! They were so fun! Tons of dogs and kids. The acorns were a little exciting on the trails- I recommend a good tread on your shoes. We will definitely be coming back! I can't wait until next year to try out their kayaks.
Response: Thank you Abby! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay campground! We hope you come back and camp with us again very soon!

Mike E.: Our early Spring visit was beautiful. Few people on the trails (we saw one guy over two hours of walking multiple trails). Lovely trail system so you can piece together any length. Great for hiking and fairly non-technical trail running. Some hills, but just enough to get your heart going and make you feel alive. We'll be back for sure.
Response: Thank you Mike! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We look forward to welcoming you back!

Louise Brady: We only experienced the youth group campsite with the cub scouts and half of the red trail but it was fantastic. Looking to come back and explore more another weekend. We saw multiple frogs, and a baby caterpillar.
Response: Thank you Louise! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We look forward to welcoming you back!

Josh Williams: We love stopping by the park for the putt putt golf, the water park in the summer, and the playground is nice for the kiddos. Always a fun place to stop by with the family to get away from the hussle and bustle of Northern Virginia
Response: Thank you Josh! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park! We look forward to welcoming you and your family back!

Daniel Hudson: Very family friendly. Lots to do in one place and everything I have tried has been great. Disc golf course is a little more open now after a few trees had to be taken down due to a storm. Beginner friendly and a great place to learn. Be ready to hit some trees!
Response: Thank you Daniel! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Regional Park and enjoyed your disc golf course!

John Varney: Great campground, with lots of extra amenities! Primitive camping all the way through "tour bus" sites with full hookups. Family and pet friendly! We will definitely be staying here again.
Response: Thank you John! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Campground! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!

Ajisai Purple: I was really surprised there was a lot of wildlife. Really nice campground but glass was all over my site when I arrived. I tried cleaning it up. The bathrooms were muddy. Faucets were too close to the edge.
Response: Thank you Ajisai! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pohick Bay Campground. We apologize for the glass in your campground. In the future please contact the park manager for any issues you may encounter. We want to make sure your camping experience is the best as possible.

My Hanitizer: Lovely to visit, hike, do water activities and kids can be kids on the playground. I wasn't sure if they had grills but we had tons of fun and went on kayak it was fun. The girls saw horses that was sweet!
Response: Thank you! We're so glad you and your family had a wonderful day at Pohick Bay Regional Park. We hope you come back and visit us again very soon!

Amanda Parks: A great family fun day awaits you at Pirate's Cove. Cool off on a hot day in their relaxing pools. There's plenty to do here and delicious food as well. Enjoy!
Response: Thank you Amanda! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Pirate's Cove Waterpark! We hope you come back and visit us for another day of endless summer fun!

6. Breezy Point Beach & Campground

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Breezy Point Beach & Campground
Price/Quality
4
Available Services
4.1
Location
4
Parking Availability
4
Wifi
4

Address: 5300 Breezy Point Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Telephone: (410) 535-0259

Guy: Campground


Review: "Small width sites, but the length of the campsite is long."

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tiaa jackson: Such a lovely beach and campground on the bay. The breeze is simply amazing...you will definitely understand why it's named Breezy Point. Tip: take pair of water shoes. The sand is very hot and has typical beach debris also, enrty way of water is really rocky. I was the only in my party who had water shoes, every one else wished they had them too.

GRAMS: A little spendy at $20 /adult and $12/child. Water was refreshing in early September. The net kept most jellyfish out for safe family fun up to about 4.5 to 5ft depth for new swimmers to gain confidence in a somewhat variable swim experience. Saw jellyfish outside dedicated swim area and found shark teeth which my 6 year old loved both experiences.

Ghadah Angawi: Very disappointed. They had all the signs around jelly fish warnings but we did not see them. At the entrance they charged $25 per person no matter how short or long you stay as long as you are out of the county. Then we sat down and openned out umbrellas and there were no cabin showers or the expected facilities for this amount of money paid (we were 3 people). The water was murky and looked like there were plenty of jelly fish. There was a protected area with a net but it was shallow, murky and of little kids where by swimmer cant really go anywhere. We tried to get a refund but relized all the warning signs and the no refund policy. So we were basically at loss. Also too many staff (4) directing cars to where to park which I am assuming the money goes to their pockets although there were basically no more than 20 cars! So we are very upset and would not recommend this beach to anyone. We even heard other couples complaining. I think the only people enjoying this beach is the residence beach association down the road as they made it difficult for the public to use and earn money behind it. Where is the county from this scam!

Meenakshi Rajasekar: Seems like a safe beach until within the netted area. This place has jellyfish alert. Can rent jet ski. Has an entry fee calculated per person. Has good parking proximity and a kids park. Also has a lot of benches by the beach to chill.

Jessica Kingsley: Wonderful day at the beach! Nicely maintained beach and snack bar and restrooms were convenient. Only complaint was the parking--we waited in line for over an hour to get in. Granted it was Memorial Day but it could have been a more organized and streamlined process. Make sure to bring food and drink because they didn't let us leave and re-enter!

Audrey Speer: Nice beach thats less than a 90min drive from the NoVa/DC area. Overall was a lovely day trip - we had enough space for two umbrellas and blankets. Its a bay beach - I found the sand gets hotter than a normal beach due to the lack of waves cooling off the sand. Read the directions on the website before you plan your trip: there is a charge per person, no loud music or alcohol on the beach, yes the parking lot does fill up on the weekend. We went early July before noon and got a spot. The Chesapeake has jelly fish - the net does a good job keeping most out but its not perfect. Most all Cheasapeake beaches charge a fee and have limited parking.

Melody Probert: First time visiting and it was awesome! Beach was not crowded, it was clean and there were plenty of parking spots.Bathrooms were clean too. We found a small amount of shark teeth but we weren’t actually doing much looking. The grandkids loved playing in the water. A definite return is being planned.

Najja Bracey: This place is a best kept secret if you are looking for an escape from the busy city just over an hour from downtown DC. It can get a little crowded so it’s best if you show up a little early. Between here and Chesapeake beach is an even more hidden beach that is dog friendly. Then there is North Beach as well. The whole is a great retreat.

Natosha Ray: Love it. You can cook your own food. They have clean bathrooms. They pick up the trash every 1 hour. They also have a playground for the kids. Nice clean beach for family and friends.

Zhang Mo: Very disappointed. They had all the signs around jelly fish warnings but we did not see them. At the entrance they charged $25 per person no matter how short or long you stay as long as you are out of the county. Then we sat down and openned out umbrellas and there were no cabin showers or the expected facilities for this amount of money paid (we were 20 people). The water was murky and looked like there were plenty of jelly fish. There was a protected area with a net but it was shallow, murky and of little kids where by swimmer cant really go anywhere. We tried to get a refund but relized all the warning signs and the no refund policy. So we were basically at loss. Also too many staff (4) directing cars to where to park which I am assuming the money goes to their pockets although there were basically no more than 35 cars! So we are very upset and would not recommend this beach to anyone. We even heard other couples complaining. I think the only people enjoying this beach is the residence beach association down the road as they made it difficult for the public to use and earn money behind it. Where is the county from this scam! The staff had a wicked attitude and closed the bathroom at 7:15 without prior notice. 7:30 The staff threatened to intimidate us as much as possible. If you don't leave within 10 minutes, it is trespassing. Each of us will go to jail. I will never go to this beach again and strongly advise the public to boycott them.

7. Greenbelt Park

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1343 reviews
Greenbelt Park
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
4.2
Location
4.3
Parking Availability
4.2
Wifi
4.2

Address: 6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (301) 344-3944

Guy: National park


Review: "Great place for scout camping when visiting Washington DC."

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Rick Sussman: Though we lived in the area for nearly 25 years (Montgomery County) this was our first time here. And a wonderful time of year for camping, too, with hardly anybody else here. We spent 5 nights in D loop in our 30 ft travel trailer, using our generator throughout the day and evening as necessary. Our site was just long enough for us, fairly level and open. We spent much of our time outside the park visiting family. And as close to very urban areas as it is, in the back of the campground it almost felt remote. Sunsets were beautiful.

Na'ilah Dawkins: I gotta say as my first time coming here there is so much space, it's within 15-20 minutes, and fun for all age groups! It was my first time at the park. I was participating in 'Eco-Games' a Sierra Club event! I'm a member, I went. It was very fun! I was alarmed though at the park bathroom situation and lack of available staff concerning communicating about any concerns. The bathroom needs soap on deck and ut didn't! Thank goodness I had hand sanitizer. The women's bathroom left sink didn't work. I used the one to the right side. Disappointed. Where is the funding for national parks like this going, if bathroom necessities are lacking? More funding for our state parks are needed!

Moving on with Old Man River Old man river: I camped at this national park last night May 4th 2022. I am a tent camper and want certain things. I want a bathroom close. Before you book please know what you are booking. A great number of the camping sites have (for me) too much of a slant. I drove around took the number of different campsites and then booked They charge 20.00 per night and have the discount rate of half price for the disabled card holders. The park is close to Washington DC.

Richard C. IV: With miles of unpaved trails meandering through a lush and verdant forest teaming with life, it is easy to forget you are inside the capital beltway. The freshly repaved roads throughout the park are a magnet for road bikes zipping up and down the small hills. Truly a wonderful outdoor oasis in the heart of the DMV.

Jarmonay Nelson: This place is decent. When you have a group of first time, campers or children. I did not like that. The people drove around all throughout the night. I mean it's safe. They make sure that we're safe, but it was like kind of annoying when your children are trying to sleep and they still have their high beams on making sure that there's no fire or anything. . This place has a lot of bugs like of every kind I seen so many bugs in the bathroom at our campsite and the grass just everywhere hanging out spiders all types of critters. This place definitely had a lot of extra wood and trees around to help you grow better fire. I like that they had a clean bathroom and a water pump. This campground feels like a big community and I like that, but I also love privacy so I probably won't come back unless I invite a big group of children or friends who want to experience camping. You can hear the police cars and the city still. And that's not very peaceful but overall we enjoyed the stay.

Favio Urla: Plenty of parking alway a plus; and benches. No parking or entrance fee. Has a short trail and a long trail (1.4 miles). Pet friendly, but do please pickup after your friends 🐕💩 droppings.

Mike Jones: Nice park in urban area. Hosted 40 years of Wednesday night bike racing, which is the only reason I go there!

Sean Troxell: The roads and parking lots are open again. We had a nice walk with the kiddos on a brisk sunny day.

Stick X: Its a nice campground with a nice area and also provides showers (not many campgrounds provide showers). Although, the camping sites are really close to each other and it kinda feels a little weird camping 10 feet away from an entire other family. Although the trails are nice.

Hannah T: Great campsite for our tent camping with kids. Had large lots and no gravel camping pad. We got a no electricity lot that Included water nearby and a shower/bathroom nearby and great trails for walking. We did find a Lone Star Tick on one of our party while at the campgrounds. Hadn’t realized they were in the area.

8. Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park
Price/Quality
4.7
Available Services
4.6
Location
4.6
Parking Availability
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

Guy: National park


Review: "beautiful place in Washington"

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Maame N: Great picnic areas. Spacious and clean spaces. Bathrooms were relatively clean for a park. No funky smell, well lit, and ac controlled. Kayaking, pedal boat, and row boat available on the lake. Playgrounds are really nice. Home/bike trail available too.

Mike Jones: A jewel in the heart of DC. A great escape from the city within the city. Great for biking, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, golfing, and more. I'm so grateful to live 5 minutes from Rock Creek for the past 25 years.

Kenneth Kilgour: Rock Creek Park is an underappreciated DC treasure. It's lousy with wildlife. It's tranquil. And it's nearby. Rock Creek has a nature center, hiking trails, and picnic areas, some with pavilions. Some of the roadways are closed to motor vehicles. Please do not feed the ducks; it violated Park Service rules, and it's harmful to the ducks, besides.

Dawn Anacleto-Tosca: Rock Creek is a total jem in the middle of DC. I love it there so much. So many awesome trails & for as long as I've been going I always find new trails and see new areas.

Esther Y: You can park anywhere with a picnic area. However, traffic can get pretty bad during the day. Lots of trees! There is also a biking path on the side :)

Rosie C: A great place to hike especially during the fall. There are different routes you can take all ranging in distance and intensity. Make sure you get back to your car before dark.

Jason Williams: One of my favorite parks in the DMV area. I've never had issues with parking and it's not as congested on the weekend as many other parks. The scenery is beautiful and I've never noticed any trash or water bottles lying around anywhere throughout the short time I've been coming here. It's a nice way to escape the feeling of being in DC without actually leaving DC.

Joe J.: This relatively large, beautiful park located in the city of Washington DC is a nice escape from the bustles and noises. There are a few nice spots like the amphitheater and a few trails that definitely shouldn't be missed. Overall, I find it amazing to have such a nice nature retreat in the middle of the city with such greenery. This place looks amazing in the summer with green leaves everywhere. The creek is also nice to follow!

Jessica Long: Beautiful paved trails. Wooded trails that were by the creek. It wasn’t the clearest which direction to go to stay in the main wooded region because there weren’t easily accessible or visualized signs with route maps. But lots of ground to discover.

EDP: Love this park. I wish I had more time to discover more of the location. There’s one section closed off to traffic which made it much more enjoyable.

9. Fort Washington Park

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Fort Washington Park
Price/Quality
4.5
Available Services
4.6
Location
4.5
Parking Availability
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (301) 763-4600

Guy: National park


Review: "Such a wonderful and significant historical site in the Washington area."

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Dee Mali: Fort Washington Park is historically beautiful. It's nice that it sits right along the river too. Be prepared if you're going to check out the historic site, it has plenty of inclines and declines, wonderful for a nice hike. I saw several people walking the parking lot and roads(which are obviously mostly flat) for exercise. There's plenty of shells on the bank of the river too. Fun place to visit, learn a little history, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.

Bridgette Jenkins: Great park with a lot of walking trails and historic sites. Really pretty drive through as well or a picnic and bike ride. We went on a Sunday around 10am and there were minimal visitors but got hot quickly so we left about 40min in. But there was still a lot left we didnt see so we plan to return and check out another day and maybe just picnic in the shade.

Ann Yanagihara: This is a beautiful park. There's a lot of historic buildings and it's a beautiful settibg on the Potomac River. There are well groomed easy trails throughout the park, a Visitor's Center and plenty of parking. I didn't pay to enter but it was during the week in the late morning. Not sure if they charge on weekends as there was a gatehouse but it is Federally run. When I was there, it was quiet but with plenty of walkers so as to not feel uncomfortable. Dogs have to be on lead but there were plenty there.

Jonathan Beary: Great location for an outdoor walk with some amazing sight seeing. The fort is open for limited hours each day but the surrounding areas are still fun to explore. Portable toilets are available for the brave or desperate visitor.

Rena Correia: Came for our National Parks Passport stamps and found a beautiful park overlooking the water. Lots of history here with beautiful walking paths throughout the park. We'll definitely be back to walk around the park more leisurely.

Stella C: Very scenic and lovely to go on a walk and take in the local history. The core by the water and the paths are truly relaxing. You can go to the upper or lower levels or walk between to see all the park has to offer.

Rodricka Elliott: Fort Washington is a cool place to check out, especially if you are an American history buff. You have a chance to not only view the fort, but check out some artillery, period furniture, Harmony Hall (a plantation mansion overlooking the Potomac) and there is, of course, plenty of green space for walking. Also, every first Sunday of the month they fire the cannon, accompanied with a brief history of the fort, on the hour a few times a day. Warning: the sound is VERY loud so it may not be ideal for dogs or persons with sensitive ears.

Moving on with Old Man River Old man river: This fort right across the Potomac from Mount Vernon was built right before the battle of 1814. This is one of the brick and mortar forts built for coastal defense. This fort was to protect Washington DC. It was burned after the fall of Washington. It was then rebuilt and during the War between the states and upgraded with heavy guns. It was then upgraded for WW1. They kept the fort and building the same design.

Monica Arciga: What a wonderful surprise! This fort is huge with lots of green space all around. There are many rooms to imagine how defense took place. The views are great. I was hoping for a little more information about the fort and any battles that occurrrd. Plenty of parking.

Christann Chanell: I love the water. I love living near the water. Fort Washington Park is such a beautiful place to walk, sit, relax, read, enjoy an amazing sunset and even see a family of deer grazing on the grounds! A definite must see for anyone in the area!

10. Picnic Pavilion 29 - Nacotctank Quarry Trail and Campsite

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Picnic Pavilion 29 - Nacotctank Quarry Trail and Campsite
Price/Quality
4.5
Available Services
4.5
Location
4.6
Parking Availability
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: Piney Branch Pkwy NW &, 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Guy: Park


Review: "Headwater of the Piney Branch Creek. Historic native tool ..."

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James Salt: Headwater of the Piney Branch Creek. Historic native tool making quarry. Improving trails for bike and foot. Designated Wood Thrush nesting reserve and unique wetland restoration project.

Ana Segundo: Nice spot to have a cook out with family

David Cruz: (Translated by Google) Nice place, I want to go again with the family to walk around that place, so beautiful, good view and fresh Haydee 😎 is very nice to spend an afternoon with the family stop thinking about problems (Original) Bonito lugar ya quiero ir de nuevo con la familia a caminar por ese lugar tan hermosa buena vista y Haydee fresco 😎 está muy lindo para pasar una tarde con la familia dejar de pensar en los problemas
Response: Thanks for the nice review David. We'd love to get you more involved with the history and ecological preservation of this important place!

Armando Villanueva: (Translated by Google) So cute(Original)Muy lindo
Response: Thank you!

Julio Peña: (Translated by Google) Good place(Original)Buen lugar

11. Robert C McDonell Campground

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Robert C McDonell Campground
Price/Quality
3.1
Available Services
3
Location
3
Parking Availability
3
Wifi
3

Address: 7701 Tuckerman Ln, Rockville, MD 20854

Telephone: (301) 495-2525

Guy: Campground


Review: "Many tent sites bordered by landscaping timbers."

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x: Perfect spot to take your local kid camping for the first time. Online signup is easy. Each site has firewood, water, toilets, tables, fire-ring, close parking, charcoal grill & is out of sight and earshot of other sites. For local residents only, maintained by local girl scouts, & well run by the County govt.

C P: I had a very pleasant experience making a reservation over the phone, and my group was really pleased with the site when we arrived! Everything was clean, port-o-potty was readily accessible, and there was even a stack of firewood available for guests to use. The noise from the highway didn’t bother us as we hung out around the bonfire. The only tricky thing was finding the our way in—Google Maps tried to tell us we could get into the park through a nearby shopping center when the entrance is on Tuckerman road! Be sure to clean up after yourself while enjoying the park so that future visitors can enjoy it too!

Lokesh Runner: People are using this campground as a dog park. They will not pick dog poop. You can see it all over. They will even not use leash when trail marker clearly says dog should always be on leash. I never see any park ranger here. People will bring their dogs to train here and dog will scare badly other trail users. Otherwise I like to keep coming again.

Matthew Zingg: I wish I could give this place ZERO stars. Apparently, only county residents can reserve spots...which is UNAMERICAN! Do yourself a favor and go six miles down the road to the C&O. It's free and you don't have to be around people who think they're better than you.

John Yoder: Terrible customer service, I hung up because they couldn't speak english. The guy kept telling me they didn't rent tents and could not understand that I wanted a site for a tent.

Walter Houser: Pretty setting next to noisy I270. Many tent sites bordered by landscaping timbers.

C Everett: don't waste you time or money. they don't speak English , I swear it was like I was in another country trying to deal with these people. I just gave up, and hung up.

Jakub corp.: I usually go on walks around the campground, it’s very relaxing.

Robert and Sheila: Customer service is rude and unhelpful, but otherwise, the place is beautiful.

Greg Minneman: Poor parking for a large girl scout event

12. Lake Fairfax Park

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Lake Fairfax Park
Price/Quality
4.5
Available Services
4.6
Location
4.5
Parking Availability
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA 20190

Telephone: (703) 471-5414

Guy: Campground


Review: "We camped here because of its proximity to the Metro to Washington, DC."

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Dennis Pelczynski: Excellent park for day activities, mountain biking, assorted sports and camping. Campsites were a bit overgrown but the bathhouses were really top notch. Our campsite was along a small creek and beneath a rock outcropping making it feel like we traveled out of the DC Metropolitan area. It's a great location for a long weekend camping trip with biking and hiking but not having to travel hours away. Perfect for novice adventurers.

It’s me Charzi: A very big park and a very good for camping. You have plenty of activity to do within the park and there is separate campground where you do your camping with your family. Over the weekends saw school kids camping with their family and was looking so good. Heard from friends that is safe to camp .

S. Mtambo: Fantastic place, there's skate parks, sports fields and a play area near the lake. The scenery is beautiful around the RV campgrounds

Litzy Aguilar: Beautiful & relaxing lake. Perfect place for camping, RV parking, skatepark, hiking trails, grills everywhere, and a water park.

Rana Emad: So much to do there! There’s the lake that’s always serene (but you might have to go early when there aren’t a lot of people since they can play music pretty loud). There’s many skate boarding ramps. There’s a massive area for camping (both tents and RVs). It’s a great location since it’s close to the “city” but far enough to be immersed in nature. They have a nice bathroom area as well as porta-potties scattered around. They’re almost always clean. The camping grounds we’ve used range from being next to someone else’s tent to being pretty far away from the next lot. You have to reserve an area if you plan on spending the night.

Russell M: Lake Fairfax is a gem. If you guessed that there is a lake, you are correct, but that’s just the start. There is a very cool water park that is great for kids. There are a bunch of soccer fields, baseball fields, but there is also a cricket field. Not easy to find those around here. A nice little skate park for the little shredders, and a great campground that is very popular in the warmer months. The Fairfax Cross County Connector trail also goes right through the park, anchoring a green network of mountain bike trails. There are plenty of fun rock gardens, roots, twists and turns that make riding here a blast, and there is a very cool jump/flow trail being built very close to the little pump track that I can’t wait to try out.

Angela Owens: Reserved a campsite for Friday, Sat, Sunday of Memorial day weekend 2022 with our 27ft camper. Being a holiday weekend the campsites were not mowed in preparation. The pavilions were but for people staying a few days, more care should have been taken given the price per night and the higher end location of the campground. Campsite was extremely uneven and we were not prepared nor was our neighbor, who we loaned a purchased board to. Price for wood was $10 for 5-6logs - wow. Perhaps we are used to more accommodating and reasonable places. I will say that the location is close to everything and that was enjoyable. We didn't get to see everything at the campgrounds or lake but it is a nice area. The poor lots and lack of information ahead of time is the reason for the lower rating.

Doug Marcks: Crowded but fun. Get there early to get a spot with an umbrella. You can purchase food or bring your own which is a plus. Lots of lifeguards and it seemed they were actually paying attention. The kids loved it.

Rebecca Lee: The Watermine is excellent. Lots of variety for kids of all ages. Plenty if attentive lifeguards kept vigilant with frequent rotations and vest. Nice current on the lazy river and plenty of space to sit out and eat lunch or take a break. We spent 3 and a half hours there and the kids weren't ready to leave.

Andrea M. Watling: Love this place! There's plenty of space to go on a hike or just lounge by the lake and fish. Plenty of people get on their kayaks, paddle board and paddle boats. Families have a picnic under the trees and there's a water park that would probably be open if not for COVID-19. Highly recommend!

13. Marsden Tract Group Campground

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Marsden Tract Group Campground
Price/Quality
4.2
Available Services
4.2
Location
4.3
Parking Availability
4.2
Wifi
4.2

Address: Potomac, MD 20854

Guy: Campground


Review: "Great area for firemaking and lots of firewood from fallen trees."

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Tim L.: Convenient camping spot for youth groups. You have to pack in all your gear but it's a short hike. Great area for firemaking and lots of firewood from fallen trees. Then you're right on Billy Goat B trail for some good hiking.

yashwanth yadav: It's a nice, peaceful and pristine camping ground, can easily accommodate 10+ people. Toilets aren't cleaned!Its only 0.25 mile walk from the parking (not 0.75 as some other comment mentioned)

David Mitchell: A great little campsite that is about 3/4 of a mile walk from the Carderock Parking area. Take the Billy Goat C trail from the parking lot to the C&O towpath. Then take the towpath until you see the sign on the left for the campsites. This is about 100 feet past the Billy Goat B trail sign. Potable water is up the towpath in the opposite direction of the parking lot across a foot bridge. Great location for scout troops, but a bit of a walk. Lots of nature. Saw a bunch of blue herons while I was there.

Todd Lund: Troop 117 of West Creek, NJ came here in 2015 to do a 50 mile cycling trek in and out of Washington DC. We are returning this year, 2018, to do it all again! Great camping and ultra convenient!

知行易: You can’t drive your car to the campground, there is no parking lot to park your car too. You have to carry your stuff and walk in. It’s horrible experience

Mark Perschel: Great Place for GROUP camping

H2O Liquid: would NOT recommendactually, WOULD recommend :/

Aaron Schuetz: Great place for an overnight!

Steven Garcia: Cool camping spot!

akshara kambam: What is the phone number for them?

14. Great Falls Park

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Great Falls Park
Price/Quality
4.8
Available Services
4.7
Location
4.7
Parking Availability
4.7
Wifi
4.7

Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Telephone: (703) 757-3101

Guy: National park


Review: "Close to Washington DC!"

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Credible Critic: A beautiful park, well-maintained featuring its natural attributes splendidly. The observation areas are well situated for everyone, including the physical-challenged people. Many shaded areas for families to picnic or just simply taking a break to take in the views. We really enjoyed walking, hiking along the river trail. The trail took us right to the edges of many cliffs, showing the spectacular views of the water. A great area to enjoy nature, just a few steps from the hustle of the city. A must visit in the DC area.

Triloka Shanbhag: I love Great Falls park for a good day out in nature. There are so many hikes and trails to choose from and can be for all level of hikers/walkers. Its also a great spot for just a picnic or finding look out points over Potomac. I'm pleasantly surprised at the level of care and maintenance that goes into this large of an area including keeping trails clear. Entry fee to the park is $20/car without a National parks annual pass. Love coming back here.

Parker Kelley: Very fun experience and atmosphere ! I was thrilled to see that they do military discount upon entry. Finding parking was a little tough due to the amount of spots they have available. The park itself, including the bathrooms and walkways, were clean. They had a food truck serving different types of foods and drinks. The views of the waterfall is amazing & the hiking trails also has great views. I will definitely be back.

Jessica Alva: This place is beautiful! You only need to be a walker to experience its beauty. Lots of paved trails. However, there are pathways you can take that are also clearly marked. Plenty of placards to indicate what happened or what is going on at certain locations. There are the overviews of the falls; personally I liked overview 1 best, as it is the closest to the falls!

Cerenna Redmon: Definitely a go-to destination in the area. There are a couple scenic points to see the falls and like many things, you have to see it to get a real feel for just how amazing it is! There are other trails that extend beyond the falls. One trail follows the river and offers some fun rock scrambling. The trails are relatively flat without much elevation gain. So the difficulty is easier. There is a lot of outdoor rock climbing all along the river! If you're into that, try it out. I've climbed here many times, but the early bird gets the worm on the weekends (early bird gets first pick on where to climb). There are two parking lots when you enter the park. Admission is $20 per vehicle or something close to that price. But don't forget you can buy a national parks pass and see other parks year-round! There is a visitor center, bathrooms, picnic tables, and tons of beautiful nature

El Cid: Car lines can be long on the way in. The $20 entrance fee per vehicle feels little steep IMO esp when found out that the visitor center is closed for renovation, and limited availability of rest rooms. Plenty of parking, they fill up fast though, so get there early if you can. Rest rooms are limited considering the number of people at the park, and when they are being cleaned be prepared to wait. There are some rest rooms available but is a little walk in the other direction. Picnic tables are available, a lot of them could use a good pressure washing. Saw several food trucks on site, which is good if you forgot to bring your food. The main attraction of the park: the falls is great, several viewing platforms/overlooks provide good view. it's a bit crowded when we went but not a big issue. Have not explored other trails, but its worth a visit.

armaan Khan: Great place to visit. $20 per car entry fee. The pass is good for a week. Plenty of parking. Multiple view points. Trails is not harsh. White river rafting available. Rocky trail towards the end. There are snakes and spiders along the trail busy over the weekend. The currents are really dangerous. The water is calm near the beginning of the trail. Must experience it.

Steffanny Leiva: What a beautiful place to go for a walk! you really enjoy the view and the constant noise of the water throughout the trail. It is a place that I recommend visiting on weekdays, on weekends many people go and you cannot appreciate the true beauty of the Billy Goat trail.

Da-Wang Wu: There are three overlooks, and each of them has a great view. Although it’s an easy hike, I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes since there are still some rocks and ups and downs. The first overlook is just next to the visitor center, and the other two are within 10 minutes by walking. The entrance fee is $20, and National park pass can be used here. When the weather is good, parking lots can be filled up quickly. Highly recommend for a half/full day trip!

Jeff Kale: Well maintained National Park on the Virginia side of the Potomac River with breathtaking views of the falls and numerous hiking trails. Picnic area near the Visitor Center with charcoal grills and there was a Food Truck there today. Park entrance fees are $20 per vehicle unless you purchase an annual pass for $35 or have a Lifetime Pass. Great family fun!

15. Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Theodore Roosevelt Island
Price/Quality
4.6
Available Services
4.7
Location
4.6
Parking Availability
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM

Telephone: (703) 289-2500

Guy: National park


Review: "An island forest by the Potomac within Washington DC."

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Brian Savitch: Roosevelt island is amazing. You access it from the mt Vernon trail in VA by crossing a pedestrian bridge. There is a large parking lot off the gw parkway to access the bridge - or you can bike/walk/run there. There are various trails around the perimeter of the island, just a bit over a mile around. The north side of the island has a half-mile long boardwalk. There are various entry points to the center attraction, which is a very large statue of Theodore Roosevelt and several large pools that used to have water in them, but haven't for years. Honestly, the trails around the perimeter are the best part of the island. There are bathrooms off the main trail to the right after you get off the bridge. During the summer, you can see turtles sunbathing on logs under the area where the bridge meets the island. There are geckos all along the island. You can see ducks and herons at some of the offshoots of the boardwalk. During the fall, you can sometimes see deer on the south side of the island. You can also often watch the rowing teams from many points on the island.

Danielle Powell: Really neat island! And the trails are easy! The plaza area is beautiful. They have a bathroom on the island; just come prepared with toiletries in case it is out. Parking can be hectic if you don't get there early, though. I arrived at 7:45 a.m. and there were plenty of spots. But when I left around 10 a.m., you had to wait for parking.

Chris Williams: Pretty cool place in the middle of two very busy, fast moving cities. This is an awesome place to get your mind off things and be in nature for a while. My only complaint is that there were many fountains in the main memorial areas that were totally dry, and I was very sad to see them empty with no water.

Scot Fishman: A great local retreat on the border of DC and VA, Roosevelt Island is a convenient spot for a quick getaway on a beautiful day. The parking situation is a train wreck, but if you can manage to get a spot, the reward awaits you across the bridge!

Kris Bell: Nice public space. Boardwalk is quite extensive and in good condition generally. There's a main trail/path and several side paths. At times a little difficult to discern what path to take, but it's only a 1.something mile loop so it isn't like you'll get lost. Overall nice place. Will probable reopen when the leaves are back on the trees to see what it's like then.

Rofaida Elsafty: Excellent for a family walk, the swamp trail is stroller friendly. You need to take right after entering from the foot over bridge for the stroller friendly side. (Left side trail is not stroller friendly). Alternatively you can walk up to the Teddy Roosevelt statue in the middle of the island if you are not in the mood for walking. Free parking which is mostly available. Love Teddy Roosevelt!! The monument in the middle of this island is an awesome tribute one of America's often celebrated but still under appreciated presidents. The park/monument is maintained as it should be, but it's still well worth the visit. He was one of our best. There's a water fountain by the bridge leading onto the island, and a bathroom on the island but I think they removed all the water points on the island so if it's hot, top off you water before you cross the bridge.

Saad Attiyah: This is a great get away from the typical D.C. sightseeing. This has a wonderful trail and captures lots of history of Theodore Roosevelt. Free to get in, lots of parking, and very scenic. Traveling to the park, there are lots of beautiful sights - seeing the Potomac, and the view of Georgetown. Bike path friendly.

Amanda Farley: A very beautiful memorial for Theodore Roosevelt. It doesn't feel like it's right next to the city; it's mostly a forested area with paths and a bridge over the potomac, and they definitely picked his best quotes for the memorial itself. I met my Romeo ❤ here so obviously I'm biased, but definitely worth checking out if you haven't been. Has my seal of approval 👌

Hannah: Super cute small island with walking trails.

Amanda Dennis: The best urban wilderness! Great paths, beautiful trees, cool view of Georgetown.

16. Camp Meade RV park

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Camp Meade RV park
Price/Quality
4
Available Services
4
Location
4.1
Parking Availability
4
Wifi
4

Address: 2300 Wilson St, Fort Meade, MD 20755

Telephone: (301) 677-6196

Guy: Campground


Review: "Camp tier many times just a great place to stay"

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Rozi Horn: I would have given this location a higher rating. The park itself is very nice. Standard FHU and nice spacing. Greenery a bit over grown but it's manageable. However the ODR customer service and weekly moving to a different spot really dampened the experience. For some reason, almost half of the RV campers are required to move weekly. Some people who will stay longer periods of time had to move 4 times. When asked the reason why, all said they didn't know the reason, despite their spot being open for several days afterwards. Most people thought it was a power trip issue bc ODR WOULD NOT provide a reason either. So think twice before committing.

peter pinkham: The RV area is laid out around your standard kind of loop. It appears that just about all the spaces are pretty darn level. There's plenty of room at each spot, and it's very well shaded. No worries about being in what resembles an open parking lot at this RV Park. The reservations area has very experienced and very helpful people working at it who work to keep their patients and explain everything in a nice manner. They also will give out brochures etc of the post so that you can find your way around. As for the park itself, it is well shaded and reasonably spacious. We were able to get a space about a 60 second walk away from the hard bathrooms and laundry area. Just about every space that I saw seem to be very level which is very pleasing to see. I'd consider this a great place to stay whether you have only a few days need, or in our case - more than a few days. Two thumbs up.

Rodney Benfield: We returned in 2022 and this place has went downhill for 2 years straight. Staff ignores service and repair issues, has zero ethics in cleaning the restrooms, and the water quality at the sites is beyond disgusting. Its very sad this once nice gem has became a stain. They have raised prices along with the crappier service. The management blames contracts/contractors for their ineptitude of keeping the facility safe and clean. There are potholes with water access that will damage your rims on your trailer if you hit them. When pointing out issues the staff is indifferent and says, "Yeah, wow that's bad." The list of things is so long I don't even want to bother.

Mike Cook: Quiet Shaded Park, Never seem to cut the grass. No after hours staff. Grass growing in the patio areas. No place to boat or kyack. Not much for children to do at the campground. It's ok.

Hope Cico: Nice Fam Camp. Paved roads were nice for the kids to play on. Nice playgrounds and water for fishing were within walking distance.

Patti B: This is an excellent rv camp. Level, spacious sites, secure and the staff is exceptional.

Vicki Warren: We have camped here for many years and love the campground. This year we arrived to ankle deep grass and dirty patios (flat weeds growing across the cement). When I asked when the mowers would be coming, I was told the FamCamp is low priority and if I wanted to borrow a mower and edger, I was welcome. At $55/night I thought I shouldn't have to police the site in order to sit outside and enjoy it. The Stinkbugs and ticks love the love grass also. The rest of the base is well kept and lovely.

Lincoln Ward: Nice big spots with lots of room. Great prices, grounds could kept up a bit better with mowing and landscaping.

Barb Hylland: We camped for the weekend and loved it! Quiet campground. Paved streets and concrete sites. You don’t feel like you’re close to town because of the woods. Just outside the campground is a park with two playgrounds for kids to play. Had a blast! Just outside the gate is a gas station to pull in your RV and fuel up and across the street is Dunkin Donuts. You can’t go wrong.

Jordan Lawson: This RV park does have some decent amenities if they work. They have a laundry room, but they may work when you try to use them. The landscaping is very poorly maintained, they mow maybe once a month they refuse to remove dead trees that could cause personal property damage. Their rates are constantly changing and is very expensive seeing that it is on a military base and it is run by MWR which receives tons of free money every year.

17. Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

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Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
Price/Quality
4.4
Available Services
4.3
Location
4.3
Parking Availability
4.3
Wifi
4.3

Address: 6411 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Telephone: (301) 839-1176

Guy: Campground


Review: "The most peaceful place ✨the animals seem happy here All of the ..."

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L Smith: The most peaceful place ✨the animals seem happy here All of the parents communicated to not touch or harass the animals, which was nice, particularly for the chickens. The chickens are out and about so it’s nice they don’t have to feel vulnerable around people. There are two trails here. They’re easy to follow with bright tree markings and there were kids on them, so they can’t be too serious. There were cows, horses, pigs, a rooster, chickens in the farm area, as well as vultures on the trail. There’s are two picnic areas, one has a grill. There’s a shop as well.

Moving on with Old Man River Old man river: This is a great little national park site. It was not listed in my book. I learned about it from a volunteer worker at Fort Washington. A lot of school kids from the Washington DC area are school bussed there. The rangers told me for many of them this was the first time to visit a national park or even a farm with chickens. Cows horses and hogs. The rangers were very nice and helpful to everyone.

bigshow379: It's been about 20 years since I have been here. I spent a lot of time here working with my dad rehabilitating and transforming a few buildings there into what they are Today. My dad was a carpenter for the national park service. Rip pop. Covid has changed things ofcourse no activities involving groups. Beautiful place my kids loved it. Bathrooms are clean grounds taken care of decently. Plenty of Picnic area with grills.

Nathan Mease: Great picnic areas with tables and grills available. Recommend close toed shoes and plenty of water.

Austin Graff: Just across the Southwest D.C.-Maryland border is a 19th century farm preserved by the National Park Service. Every day, the park ranger opens the gate around 6:30 a.m. and closes it at 5 p.m. All are welcome to visit the farm free of charge. Here's why you should visit: 1) Museum: It's an interactive museum. As you walk the farm's campus, you'll read historical markers and go inside almost 200-year-old brick barns. You learn about the farm and the history it witnessed (like being attacked during the War of 1812 or watching Alexandria across the Potomac get captured by the British). 2) Farm: You can see horses, goats, chickens, hogs and cows on the farm. They offer some farm programming for kids like chicken feedings, tractor rides, etc. 3) Trails: Beyond the early 19th century farm house is a trail that leads to Oxon Cove and wooded trail with river views. Once at he cove, there are benches, views of Alexandria, picnic tables and a running trail that goes for miles. Oxon Hill Farm is a perfect adventure for the whole family, runners and history buffs.

Victoria: Beautiful but the trails are terribly labeled. I came here to hike with my dog. The farm portion of the park has a no dogs sign, which makes sense given the livestock. So my plan was to circumvent the park using the green trail line shown on Google maps, and follow it all the way down to the water and back up. Well, because nothing is clearly labeled, I ended up on a service road. Trying to get back onto the green trail, I turned off onto a gravel trail that ended up taking me all the way back up through the farm (where I wasn't supposed to go because I had my dog with me). It's just frustrating that I was trying to follow the park rules and be considerate of the farm, but a lack of clear trail signage not only cut my hike significantly short, but also meant I broke the rules anyways.

kara taylor: Great family outing. The staff was very engaging and the kids loved it. They are very upfront about the history of this farm which I appreciated seeing throughout the farm.

SoundBite: I loved visiting here--It was the best use of my lunch break I've had by far. It was beautiful in the nice weather and if I'm ever in the area again I'd go. Really nice walk, 100% free, and even a small gift center (I did not enter.) They have horses pigs cows chickens and more.

Chris B: Not sure what was up when we went on this Saturday morning in June but the only animals we could find were 4 cows in a pen and some chickens roaming the property. No other animals in their stalls nor fields, was pretty bizarre tbh. At least the kid got to run around some.

Vilia McClearen: Five stars if you're looking for a country venue in the city, three stars if you're taking kids to a park but there is picnic eating area and you can see the highway if you're interested lol

18. Anacostia Park

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Anacostia Park
Price/Quality
4.4
Available Services
4.5
Location
4.4
Parking Availability
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 1900 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Guy: Park


Review: "Very relaxing and peaceful at the end of the day."

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Carolyn Grant: This is an underrated park, it has lots to offer. I took my class off preschool down here and just playing they had fun. People who know just know.... fishing ,roller skating ring, basketball, picnic, nature watching,walking,playgrounds. Rowing, Kayaking and so much more.

Nathan Lapin: Great trail to walk or bike. Has nice stopping points so one can overlook the river. We even saw a helicopter land nearby!

Austin Graff: Let me count the ways I LOVE Anacostia Park: 1) It's one of the best running trails in all of DC. It stretches for miles along the Anacostia River and the path is well kept for runners. 2) There's a lot of green space to picnic and enjoy nature. 3) There are hidden gems throughout from murals under highways and even a famous skating ring. 4) It's great for kids. One of DC's best playgrounds complete with a pirate ship is in the park. I could go on and on so instead how about you head on over to Anacostia Park and check it out for yourself. It's a GREAT spot!

Margaritta L Martin: Washington DC has changed since I left the metropolitan area when I lived in Maryland It was my favorite park to go too and relax or grill near the river I asked my sister who lives in Dc did Anacostia Park and other Parks I visited existed and she told me all still do

Jessica Light: Nice little spot for a doggy play date

Brian Burrell (Big B): There can be heavy foot traffic. But good for a bike ride or walk sf cookout. Starting to be kept clean often

A'nya-Rae Ebb: I've enjoyed this wonderful park for 40+ years. Looking forward to the new amenities!

Richard Newman: Not the park I grew up with back in the day. My hats off to those who made what it is today 100% better. not the feds . everyday people !

L. Butler: I love Anacostia Park because it's a walking distance from my neighborhood to walk for miles without interruptions. It's a great place to walk and to jog while watching beautiful sceneries...species of variety birds flying, boats cruising, Rowers rowing, athletics of basketball, football, soccer, fishing, rollerblading and families celebrating.

K Wallace: When that weather gets warm in the park

19. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Price/Quality
4.5
Available Services
4.5
Location
4.6
Parking Availability
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 692-6080

Guy: National park


Review: "Quiet and pleasant nature reserve in Washington."

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Madhu Kalepu: Located near DC, Maryland border. Plenty of parking and not so crowded when we visited during long weekend. Place is great for Beautiful nature walks, picnic tables and fresh air. We have spotted Turtles, baby Turtles, Cranes, various birds while doing boardwalk. Garden closes at 4pm and the entry is free. Restrooms located at welcome center

Rebecca Wolf: Each season at Kenilworth is something to behold! In winter, you'll see an open expanse and a swamp in quiet rest. Spring starts to bring greenery and new life. Summer is a steamy explosion of tall and colorful lotuses, lillies and more! Egrets, herons, deer, turtles, fish, insects and more can be found here, especially if you come during the day when it is more quiet. This National Park is a secret oasis in Washington, D.C. - bring your visiting family and friends for a walk through the ponds and across the boardwalks on the Anacostia River. You can even connect to walk on the DC trail system. In summer, be sure to come for the VERY popular lotus festival, filled with world crafts, foods and so much more. Be mindful of the closing time and plan for at least an hour to walk these grounds.

Life in La Plata: One of my all-time favorite parks: so much beauty. You can look at the plants around the ponds, or the ones growing in the ponds, and you can try to spot wildlife in the water and the trees. There are bike paths on the far side of the park (if you drive). Plan to go early, the park closes at 4pm.

Ash Pouvaranukoah: An awesome place to be! The place is crawling with so many types of critters. Restrooms are nice and efficient. Definitely a great quiet place to bring family, friends, or just yourself!

Jill Cobb: It was a nice winter/early spring walk along the ponds and boardwalk. Nothing was blooming, but we saw turtles, frogs, and fish. Seems like summer is the time for the flowers.

Lisa Gump: I came to the gardens with a group of students and it is a beautiful Park to visit. I will admit though that it was tough for us to find. We AR not from the area and it is not easy with all the construction to get here. The park is worth the navigation woes. There are lots of things to see and do.

Connie Massaro: This is a unique aquatic garden in the DC area. Best time to visit is in the morning. The water lilies and the lotus are spectacular. There are different small ponds where they grow the lilies and the lotus. Bring your cameras!!! There is also a boardwalk and trails along the river.

Dave Park: As of about two weeks ago (7/17), the lotus and lilies were about 60% bloomed and I’d say all of them should be good for viewing now until mid-August. Beautiful flower blooms all around, so don't miss your chance this summer! 🤙

Steven Esquina: The place was really nice lots of plants with beautiful lilies, frogs, deer, even foxes if you are really lucky will scurry about there are smalls docks that you can walk on to get close to the water where you can see ducks there is even an elevated platform where you can see the whole pond!!

Sam Chen: A nice place to spend several leisurely hours. The time I went there the water lily was not quite blooming yet, it must be beautiful when it does.