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The Best Camping in Maryland

Looking for the best camping in Maryland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Maryland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Maryland

  • Berlin, Maryland

    Camping at Assateague

    4.7
    This is the perfect getaway if you are on the East Coast! Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia that is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. The state and national parks offer the chance to explore ...
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  • Sabillasville, Maryland

    Camp at the Adirondack Shelters in Catoctin Mountain Park

    5.0
    4 mi / 1200 ft gain
    For outdoor enthusiasts, Maryland is an ideal place to live. Between the mountains and the Bay--and the rivers, bike paths, and trails along the way--we couldn't ask for much more. But if we were feeling greedy, we would probably ask for additional backpacking options, right? Of course, there are...
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  • Thurmont, Maryland

    Hike the Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail

    4.5
    8.6 mi / 1696 ft gain
    This 8.6 mile loop trail in Catoctin Mountain Park is good for both hikers and trail runners. This loop is the larger loop in the park, comprised of Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge Summit, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and Chimney Rock. The trail gets a moderate rating because it's mostly roc...
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  • Crisfield, Maryland

    Kayak Camp at Janes Island State Park

    5.0
    Everyone goes to the Eastern Shore. Few people get to experience the Bay like this. The journey out to the Long Point backcountry site is a bit arduous, especially if you haven't studied the tide charts (guilty). The last mile or so requires a paddle through rough, open waters. Crab and cruising...
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  • Berlin, Maryland

    Camp at Assateague Island National Seashore

    This an absolute must for anyone looking for a beach getaway. There are beautiful white beaches, marshes, and a dark night sky to see the Milky Way. However, to secure a camping spot in the National Seashore can be difficult if you want to do it during the prime months. A disclaimer from their we...
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  • Marriottsville, Maryland

    McKeldin Switchback Trail

    3.8 mi / 456 ft gain
    McKeldin Switchback Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Marriottsville, Maryland.
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  • Berlin, Maryland

    Assateague Island Trail

    9.62 mi / 151 ft gain
    Assateague Island Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Ocean City, Maryland.
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  • Myersville, Maryland

    Appalachian Trail: I-40 to Pogo Campground

    8.84 mi / 1293 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: I-40 to Pogo Campground is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Myersville, Maryland.
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  • Hagerstown, Maryland

    Thurston Griggs to Appalachian Trail to Black Rock

    5.0
    3.29 mi / 935 ft gain
    Thurston Griggs to Appalachian Trail to Black Rock is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Myersville, Maryland.
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  • Catonsville, Maryland

    Pigs Run, Santee Branch, and Backside of Nun's

    3.1 mi / 604 ft gain
    Pigs Run, Santee Branch, and Backside of Nun's is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Elkridge, Maryland.
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  • Oakland, Maryland

    Swallow Falls Canyon Trail

    1.11 mi / 213 ft gain
    Swallow Falls Canyon Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Oakland, Maryland.
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  • Myersville, Maryland

    Monument Knob via Appalachian Trail

    6.17 mi / 856 ft gain
    Monument Knob via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Boonsboro, Maryland.
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  • Marbury, Maryland

    Smallwood State Park Campground Trail

    2.81 mi / 177 ft gain
    Smallwood State Park Campground Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Marbury, Maryland.
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  • Point of Rocks, Maryland

    C&O Canal Trail: Point of Rocks to Monocacy Aqueduct

    12.71 mi / 285 ft gain
    C&O Canal Trail: Point of Rocks to Monocacy Aqueduct is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Point of Rocks, Maryland.
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  • Knoxville, Maryland

    Appalachian Trail: Weverton Cliffs to Pine Knob Shelter

    19.22 mi / 3402 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Weverton Cliffs to Pine Knob Shelter is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Knoxville, Maryland.
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  • Jefferson, Maryland

    Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry

    9.47 mi / 551 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Burkittsville, Maryland.
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