12 Places to Camp in Southern Maryland This Summer

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on July 24, 2016

070616-camping-02There’s nothing quite like getting back to nature, and Southern Maryland is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re looking to sleep under the stars, check out these 12 campgrounds in Southern Maryland. From rustic to wifi, there’s a campsite for every type of camper.

Calvert County

Breezy Point Beach and Campground: Camping on the Chesapeake Bay? Count us in! Breezy Point Beach and Campground in Chesapeake Beach has beach sites, canal sites, and water view sites as well as many general sites in the park – 100 campsites in all. You can rent seasonally or daily – the park is open from May 1 to Oct. 31 each year. This Calvert County park is known for its beach. It can accommodate tents, popups, trailers, and RVs.

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/visitors/beaches/

Patuxent Camp Sites: Another option for camping in Calvert County is Patuxent Camp Sites in St. Leonard. The campground offers 75 sites, some available for year round. Some of the sites are on the water.

Website: http://patuxentcampsites.net/

Charles County

Aqualand Marina and Campground: Conveniently located on the Potomac River near the Harry Nice Bridge, Aqualand Marina and Campground in Newburg gets you close to the water for boating, fishing, and fun. If you don’t own your own, boats are available for rent. There’s also a playground for the kids.

Website: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/locations/aqua-land-campground

Cedarville State Park: Located just over the county line in Brandywine in Prince George’s County, Cedarville State Park fees farther away from the city. The park has 27 sites for camping; some have electric. You can bring your horse! Equestrian camping and equestrian trails are available at the park, too. The park also offers hiking and biking trails.

Website: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/cedarville.aspx

Goose Bay Marina and Campground: Sitting on Goose Creek, adjacent to the Potomac River, Goose Bay Marina and Campground in Welcome offers 90 sites, all with electric and water. Some sites are waterfront. You can rent sites seasonally, monthly, and daily. The park has a marina with maintenance services, a pool, playground, camp store, and planned events.

Website: http://goosebaymarina.com/

Smallwood State Park: Camp where history was made! Smallwood State Park in Marbury is named for Charles County native Gen. William Smallwood, the highest-ranking Marylander in the Revolutionary War. His home has been restored and is open seasonally for visitors. The park has 15 campsites with electric available as well as cabins and youth group camping.

Website: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/smallwood.aspx

070616-camping-01St. Mary’s County

Camp Merrylande: If you’ve dreamed of camping on the beach, Camp Merrylande in Piney Point lets you do it right in your backyard. Thirteen of the campground’s sites are tent sites on the beach. RV sites inland allow bigger camping vehicles space to park. The campground also has cabins on the beach and with beach views, a beach for swimming and play, and miniature golf.

Website: http://www.campmd.co/

Dennis Point Marina and Campground: Boating and summer go together in Southern Maryland. And if hanging out on the boat is in your plans, it doesn’t get more convenient that Dennis Point Marina and Campground in Drayden. The facility has 105 sites – both tent and full hook-ups – cabins for rent, and an RV trailer for rent. Plus there’s a camp store, the marina, a pool, and a restaurant.

Website: http://dennispointcampground.com/

LaGrande Resort RV: Located in Leonardtown, LaGrande has 68 sites and is open year round. The campground offers long-term and daily site rental and can accommodate up to 40-foot RVs. You’ll also find service, parts, and accessories in case your camping equipment needs a little work.

Website: http://www.lagranderesort.com/

Point Lookout State Park: Ask locals where to camp in Southern Maryland, and this popular state park is likely at the top of the list. Point Lookout is located at the southernmost tip of St. Mary’s County, where the Potomac River meet the Chesapeake Bay. There are 143 wooded campsites, 26 of which have full hookups and 33 of which have electric. There are also six cabins available for rent. The park boasts a popular beach, Civil War museum, nature center, a lighthouse you can tour, and more. The park is extremely popular, so it is sometimes closed when it reaches capacity. See the current status at the park’s website.

Website: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/pointlookout.aspx

Seaside View Recreational Park and Restaurant: You can arrive at Seaside by boat! Just follow the St. Mary’s River to Smith Creek to Jutland Creek. At the park, which is in Ridge, you’ll find a restaurant and RV and tent camping. The park is open year round, and you can rent long- or short-term. A playground keeps the kids busy.

Website: http://www.seaside-view.com/

Take It Easy Campground: It’s hard to argue with a name like this. Located in Calloway, Take It Easy Campground has 242 sites, most with full hookups. Many of the sites are shaded, so you can escape the summer sun. The park also offers a pool, fishing, a prayer chapel, playground, hiking, ball fields, and more.

Website: http://takeiteasycampground.com/index.html

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