Best Places to Go Camping

In Montgomery County, Maryland a camping trip can be as rustic and woodsy or as glamorous as you want. Since pitching a tent deep in the forest isn’t for everyone, the area offers alternative options to help visitors find their ideal experience. If you’re not sure what type of camping adventure you’re looking for, here are the top locations to choose from.

Robert C. McDonnell Campground

7701 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD 20854

Open year round, this location gives campers a true outdoor experience at its 7 walk-in tent camping sites. Each site is equipped with grills, picnic tables and firepits. Surrounded by woods and various hiking opportunities, this campground is perfect for those looking to disconnect and explore nature for a few days.

Little Bennett Campground | Photo Credit: Montgomery Parks

Little Bennett Campground

2425 Reedie Dr, 12th Floor, Wheaton, MD 20902

Offering grounds for an authentic camping weekend or a more upscale trip in a cabin or yurt, Little Bennett Campground is one of Montgomery County’s hidden gems. With an abundance of hiking trails, campfires, paddle cars, laser tag and more, this location makes for an unforgettable weekend getaway for couples, friends and families alike!

Lockhouse 21 Swains Bedroom

C&O Canal Quarters

Located Along the C&O Canal

With five locations to choose from in Montgomery County, the C&O Canal Trust provides guests with the unique opportunity to live like a lockkeeper. Each lockhouse has been restored and furnished to embody the period in which it was originally built. Lockhouses 6, 10 and 21 offer guests full amenities, while Lockhouses 22 and 25 are more rustic. While they all present easy access to walking paths and hiking trails, Lockhouse 10 gives visitors ready access to Bethesda where they can treat themselves to a variety of dining and shopping options at the end of a remote weekend in the woods.

Canopy by Hilton


Canopy by Hilton Urban Campout Package

940 Rose Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20852

This is not a traditional campsite… it’s better. Canopy’s Urban Campout package gives parents an effortless way to take their kids “camping.” Featuring everything from a s’mores kit and an indoor star machine to children’s sleeping bags and a teepee, your kids are sure to be entertained while you enjoy the bottle of wine that is included in the bundle.

Cherry Hill Park

9800 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD 20740

Just outside of Montgomery County, Cherry Hill Park is the epitome of “glamping”, as it offers guests a variety of luxury accommodations to choose from. Whether you are looking for a full hook-up RV site, a log cabin, a pod, a yurt or a cottage designed for large groups, this park has it all. In addition to its desirable accommodations, Cherry Hill Park makes finding entertainment during a weekend in the woods easy. Guests are given full access to two pools, a splash park, tractor rides, mini golf and movie nights throughout their stay!

Looking for more ways to play outdoors, plan a trip to the C&O Canal National Historical Park or spend the day in the Agricultural Reserve.