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1. Rock Creek Park

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16 reviews
Rock Creek Park
Price / Quality
5
Available services
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 3545 Williamsburg Ln NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

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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. Greenbelt Campground

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Greenbelt Campground
Price / Quality
5
Available services
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: Riverdale, MD 20737

Telephone: (301) 344-3944

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Review: "Nice quiet campground and very cheap."

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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 Bathrooms are outdated and on the dirty side, but warm and functional.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.

3. Washington DC / Capitol KOA Holiday

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Washington DC / Capitol KOA Holiday
Price / Quality
5
Available services
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 768 Cecil Ave N, Millersville, MD 21108

Telephone: (800) 562-0248

Guy: Campground


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.

4. Cherry Hill Park

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Cherry Hill Park
Price / Quality
4.8
Available services
4.9
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.8

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

Telephone: (301) 937-7116

Guy: Campground


Review: "One of the best campsites I've stayed at yet."

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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!

5. Marsden Tract Group Campground

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30 reviews
Marsden Tract Group Campground
Price / Quality
4.2
Available services
4.2
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.2

Address: Potomac, MD 20854

Guy: Campground


Review: "Great Place for GROUP camping"

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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?

6. Greenbelt Park

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Greenbelt Park
Price / Quality
4.3
Available services
4.2
Location
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.2

Address: 6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 344-3944

Guy: National park


Review: "$20 campsite close to DC area."

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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.

7. Robert C McDonell Campground

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Robert C McDonell Campground
Price / Quality
3
Available services
3.1
Location
3
Possibility of Parking
3
Wifi
3

Address: 7701 Tuckerman Ln, Rockville, MD 20854

Telephone: (301) 495-2525

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

8. Pohick Bay Regional Park

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Pohick Bay Regional Park
Price / Quality
4.4
Available services
4.4
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 6501 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton, VA 22079

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6:30AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 339-6104

Guy: Park


Review: "Outrageous prices on the campsites and firewood."

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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!

9. Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.6
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 895-6000

Guy: National park


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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.

10. Lake Fairfax Park

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Lake Fairfax Park
Price / Quality
4.5
Available services
4.6
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA 20190

Telephone: (703) 471-5414

Guy: Campground


Review: "The campsite is pretty nice."

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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!

11. Camp Meade RV park

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Camp Meade RV park
Price / Quality
4
Available services
4
Location
4.1
Possibility of Parking
4
Wifi
4

Address: 2300 Wilson St, Fort Meade, MD 20755

Telephone: (301) 677-6196

Guy: Campground


Review: "Definitely cheapest in the area despite the price increase."

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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.

12. Hillwood Camping Park

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Hillwood Camping Park
Price / Quality
3.6
Available services
3.5
Location
3.5
Possibility of Parking
3.5
Wifi
3.5

Address: 14280 Gardner Mnr Pl, Gainesville, VA 20155

Telephone: (703) 754-6105

Guy: Campground


Review: "Great sites great people"

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Steven Lacey: Great place to live!! Super convenient!! Great honest owners!! Affordable housing. Nice ponds and trees 🌳 throughout the park! Has a laundromat. Each spot has electric and sewer hookup!! Close to McDonald's and 7-11 in walking distance. Great place that anyone would be lucky and blessed to call home!!

Matthew Oleson: This place is absolute trash. Campers packed in like a storage lot. Tv cables running everywhere and no WiFi or amenities to justify the amount that they charge. I am up here working for several years and they told me I couldn’t have my camper there because it’s to old. There are campers falling apart in there that are from the early to mid 90s. Mine is a 2002 one owner mint. The lady that manages the place is extremely rude and said if the owners let me stay then she would quit lol. Would not recommend this place to my worst enemies

Scotty Grantham: Cheap place for the working person as it should be because the train tracks are about 20 feet from property edge where there are rv sites and it runs nite and day. Electric and water included in monthly bill but also not so great place for kids .There is an empty pond in the back there is also a trail and some old asphalt roads on one side old grown up mobile home park. Other cons if you want visitation your expected to pay a fee then the parking will also be an issue. And last to my knowledge you cant wash your rv or vehicles you'd have to pay for somone with a water tank to wash and detail

David Schendel: This park is perfect for the cost and location for long term extended stays. Best for those looking for cheaper housing solution with a short commute into Chantilly, Herndon, Manassas or greater Prince William or Fairfax County Area.

Benjamin Cooper: Not a bad park as far as parks go. Road coming in has some pot holes and there's 3 speed bumps that aren't marked and if you forget that they are there you'll know it. But people are friendly and everyone looks out for there neighbors no loud partys pretty calm and quiet. Not bad place.

Joshua Poellot: Best place to ride a mountain bike 🚵‍♂️

Craig Billings: This is a 4/5 star place if you travel for work but you will be sadly disappointed if you are coming for a weekend getaway. Not much of a kid friendly place. Pricing is competitive for the area. No wifi or cable, lots of trees makes satellite tough but there are lots that you can get your own cable and many spots have no problem with satellite signal. While it is hidden in the the woods and very peaceful, it is close to everything you could need.

Pat Bynum: Hillwood is perfect for long term stays. Been here 3 years and would not go anywhere else. I feel very safe a secure in this park. Doesn't have all the amenities of a tourist park but that is not what I wanted. The owner, park manager and maintenance is very receptive and accommodating. Close to shopping and I 66, very easy for the commuter to get anywhere in the area.

Crystal Urzendowski: My stay at Hillwood has been the most rewarding experience. The staff is so helpful, friendly, and willing to accommodate customers with special requests. The park is very well maintained with the groundskeepers taking care in the appearance and maintenance. The convenience of laundry on site, mail services, and shopping close by makes the location of the park perfect. The price of the monthly stay with amenities makes it well worth your buck. On a scale of 10, the Hillwood Camping Park gets a 10 from our family.

John Wickham: One week and so far our experience has been just horrible. Owners not accommodating, very rude, and just not as welcoming as our hometown in MS. Much needing a makeover, and just very glad our stay will be short. Prices are high for the minimal cold broken down filthy crappy showers, laundry (1.50 to wash and 1.25 to dry a regular load) including the area and RV spots. Just praying we will be leaving soon. wjw

13. Great Falls Park

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Great Falls Park
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.8
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.7

Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Telephone: (703) 757-3101

Guy: National park


Review: "Beautiful sites me and my boyfriend had a great time"

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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!

14. Battery Kemble Park

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Battery Kemble Park
Price / Quality
4.4
Available services
4.4
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 3035 Chain Bridge Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 895-6070

Guy: National park


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Jonathan DeGange: Most dogs that live nearby love this place, as does ours. It’s a great park, not technically a dog park but the park rangers are pretty lenient about not having dogs leashed if no one is being bothered. One of Northwest’s better secret getaways with a nice loop for quick walk.

x kuyjyt: Easy parking off Chain Bridge Road NW but so many thoughtless people letting their dogs run off-leash, both on narrow trails and in the open field/picnic area. Selfish, illegal, and dangerous, which we hope NPS will address, starting with more signs and enforcement.

Andrew Palisades: This is *not* (supposed to be) a dog park. There are signs everywhere reminding owners to keep their dogs leashed, punishable with a fine up to $1,500. Few dog owners can read apparently. For those who can, expect your time in the park to be split between dodging doggie greetings and doggie doo-doo. What was once a historic landmark in the city has now gone to the dogs.

Team Taylor: What a delightful day at Kemble Park... great snow and a memory for a lifetime

Mikel Lewis: Beautiful long park with a long unpaved trail from just down from AU all the way to McArthur Blvd

Bryan Hayes: Nice little getaway. Reminder to dog owners, keep those pups on leashes!

Tim S: Lovely dog park, many off leash so know your dog well before you bring them

John Blaser: This is a park to take your dog. They can be off-leash. There is a field, a path through the woods and a creek. Our dog had a great time!

Zach Brown: Nice wide trails, parking available.

Jason Mest: Awesome walk. 2 out of 20 dogs had leashes. Dog lover park...beware

15. Soapstone Valley Park

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Soapstone Valley Park
Price / Quality
4.7
Available services
4.6
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: Washington, DC 20008

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Guy: Park


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Jay Empty: So much fun and beauty; had a blast jumping between stones and logs.

Marjorie D: Shady respite from the bustle of Connecticut Ave, bountiful birdsong, a few more cicadas in recent days, and friendly neighbors. Several creek crossings - choose your footwear well and bring a camera!

Dave Brown: Great to have this lovely park in our backyard but the constant flow of trash from the sewer is pretty off putting. The trails are well maintained, fallen trees promptly moved off trail and the stream crossings add some excitement to an otherwise short 0.75 mile stretch down to rock creek. I typically walk through with a small bag to pick up trash but after each rainstorm a fresh batch comes down.

Jason Williams: I was initially disappointed. I entered the trail to reach the park from close to Connecticut Avenue and it's a short walk on a road flanked on one side by mansions and there's a steep drop with apartment buildings on the other side. Pretty boring initially but then you get to a more scenic and more natural trail about a half a mile in. It was a very pleasant surprise and probably one of my favorite places in DC. I only wish I brought hiking boots instead of my runners, I definitely didn't expect an unpaved trail like this in DC... I can't wait to go back and explore more.

Sarah Johnson: Beautiful park and we didn't even get that far in. Maybe it was the magic of finding this place after a failed attempt at visiting the zoo, but we didn't run into ANY mosquitoes or snakes. My kids had a great time along the edge of the stream and we found some painted rocks too. Definitely recommend this place if you also forget to reserve parking at the zoo.

Leif Engler: Beutiful place to hike, be careful while crossing the stream though.

Karl Schmidt: Very nice unpaved dirt path along along the creek and leading directly into the main Rock Creek park (although the trail ends at road that can be tricky to cross when there is traffic because there is no sidewalk/shoulder for about 150 feet and some people drive rather fast through the park). Lots of smaller deer trails. Most stream crossings are over stepping stones (no bridges, even on the main trail). Some parts take 3-4 days to dry up after a big rain.

Ashley Kincaid: Trail is closed 3/7/22 and will not reopen until 10/23/23!

Randy Clarke: I'm lucky -- Soapstone is just below my balcony! Using hiking poles for the stream crossings, I do Soapstone from end to end nearly every week. The good news is that the valley will be open until the fall/winter of 2021-2022. Then it will be part of a sewer project for several years (3 ?) with the cuttting down of 300+ trees. Enjoy this gem NOW!

James Douglass: To be fair, I didn't get far into the trail from the entrance off of 29th Street NW. With two kids and a dog, we got as far as the creek and simply played around in the water. Its a great way to spend a morning with little interaction from others.

16. Fort Washington Park

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Fort Washington Park
Price / Quality
4.5
Available services
4.6
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 763-4600

Guy: National park


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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!

17. Travel Camp

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Travel Camp
Price / Quality
4.3
Available services
4.3
Location
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.3

Address: 10200 Johnston Rd, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Telephone: (703) 805-3081

Guy: Campground


Review: "Best Camp on FT Belvoir"

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Becky Burtis: This is a pretty pricey park for a military fam camp at $55/night. You're getting soaked with DC prices. The campground is nice, and the sites are fairly long and paved or concrete pads. There is a dumpster near the bath house and laundry. There are also trash cans and ash bins everywhere. Verizon service was OK and Starlink was solid as there aren't any big trees around. I would recommend going to your site and setting up, and then drive your car over to Outdoor Rec to check in. There isn't a good turn around spot for once you get there if you're still connected.

Rita Frazee: Not the place to stay if you want to be there long term! They will make you move frequently to give your spot to someone who is passing through. It is beautiful there but it ruins it when a soldier has to come home from work at least once a week during the warmer parts of the year to move their camper. Wifi isn’t great nor is the cell service. Hookups are all the way in front of a back in site which makes most campers need extensions. The cabin has a bathroom with no shower.

e-Scott: Small but nice campground for Active Duty, Retired Military, Reservists, National Guards, DoD Civilians, Installation Contractors and those listed in AR215-1, paragraph 7-1 are eligible to camp at the Fort Belvoir Travel Camp.

Palmore Family: The campground is very clean with a beautiful view. The concrete pads are nice, they’re advertised as level but they are not. Love that is it full hook ups. My only real negative is they Advertise that they have 56 spots when in fact most of those spots are reserved by full-timers, Who live in the travel camp year around. They all watch the calendar carefully and keep rebooking their spots. I was estimate there are over 30 full time families living there. I can’t blame them with the cost of housing here.

Billy Wilson: Nice place along the Potomac with a fishing pier just down the hill. Sites were full hookup and bathhouse had individual showers/toilets and was clean. Considering my site was a concrete pad, it should have been level but was several inches off. The view made up for it though and will definitely be back to visit DC area.

Juliann Fox: With my limited experience in campers (1st one) and campgrounds (2nd one), this is the best so far. It is a little pricier than the first, but very much worth it. My view of the Bay is beautiful. The washhouse is very nice and well kept. I would definitely recommend this travel camp. The photo is from on top of the camper, enjoying the view after a little work on the camper.

Sheryl French: Spent 3 overnights this past weekend. It was our "shake out" weekend after purchasing a new travel trailer. Pull through slots are spacious and paved. The bath house is a close walk from just about every site. The layout of the bath house is nice, with family style facilities. Three Women's and three Men's individual rooms with sink, shower, and toilet. Soap and TP provided. High power hand dryers. The center part of the building is a laundromat, with modern washers and dryers. The entire campground overlooks a cove off the Potomac. Although a fishing pier is adjacent to the campground, warnings against eating the fish is posted (yucky Potomac water). Controlled access. Nearby trails for hiking/walking. I'm afraid the bar might be set high for future campgrounds!

David Espey: Least liked, most expensive MWR camp I stayed at. Is at a good location.

Sullymar Camacho: The campground its ok. The staff is rude and not helpful. Not to mention that if you want to extend your stay they probably have you move every other day to another spot. I was there for 3 weeks and we decided to extend for 2 more weeks and I pretty much can give a review of most of the spots because I had to move so many times.

Ben Van Meter: Overall, a clean, quiet, and beautiful location on the water with plenty of outdoor activities available. Each pad had full hook-ups (50/30 amp, 110, water, sewer, WiFi) and there's an on-site facility with bathrooms, hot showers, and laundry machines. The Outdoor Recreation Center is very close with plenty of equipment available to rent (kayaks, canoes, etc). Staff was friendly and attentive. There is a hiking trail nearby that goes all the way over to the other side of the cove. Also, there were a huge variety of song birds everywhere chirping away in a pleasant, not annoying way. There's a pier that you can fish from or just enjoy the view within walking distance. Absolutely recommend this place to stay!

18. Fort Foote Park

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Fort Foote Park
Price / Quality
4.2
Available services
4.1
Location
4.1
Possibility of Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.1

Address: 8915 Fort Foote Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 763-4600

Guy: National park


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Carlton Willis: The park is one of the best in the area with the exception that trails can be blocked by falling trees and the grass tends to get too high during the summer. A little maintenance by the NPS and this does up to 5 stars, especially with the addition of interpretive signs a couple of years ago.

Tia Wheeler: This is a nice park for walking, but aside from a few markers and two cannons there is not much regarding the fort. There are some nice views across the river to Alexandria.

Iveth Garcia: I really do love it here. It’s one of my happy places. I well say though, there are days were you find the unexpected. Some good and sometimes smelly unexpected. It’s a very nice place to get your feet wet and maybe fish. I brought my kids here the other day. You do have to keep in mind it’s probably 20 something minute walk from the car to the beach area. It’s has very nice historical sites to see. A lot of hiking!

Heman Gharibnejad: It’s a bit strange to have a national park in the middle of a neighborhood. The area is not so well kept. But the giant guns are a real treat. Despite seeing pictures of them I was still shocked by their size and location. This is a very unique place.

Marleen Greenleaf: Great location for a walk or hike, but be prepared to be bombarded with bugs and cobwebs on the trail.

Samuel Christiansen: This place is local and convenient for a quick hike. The cannons are cool. The trail down to the river both ways is nice. Saw a lot of deer, and I was able to get close. However, there is prevalent trash. This is clearly the result of people who have no stake in this place, or their own community, which is sad.. Not a bad spot for a quick workout hike and to see the cannons. It is a shame that a few bad and lazy people make it nasty for everyone else..

Donnie Horton: Very nice off the beaten path gem of a hike.Best I've had yet

Jennifer Clark: The parking lot is currently closed yet is still accessible. I'm not sure how Covid effects our ability to safely park in a wooded area, but you're offered to brave passing cars and to park in a ditch. I had my Maltese and daughter with me. We could tell early on another hiker was in the area with a pet. After seeing the cannons and wanting to explore closer to the water, the smell of marijuana became quite strong. We decided not to meet our smoking hiker friend and left the trail early.

Lyssa McEachern: My favorite park to bring the dogs! It’s quiet and the other trailgoers are so sweet and friendly. My favorite part is the beach at the end of the trail!!

Keryn Ahmed: We walked through with our bikes September 2019. The highlights were the water views, eating paw-paws that had recently fallen, and the scenic beach at the North end.

19. Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

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Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
Price / Quality
4.3
Available services
4.4
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.3

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

Telephone: (301) 839-1176

Guy: Campground


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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