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Old 02-01-2007, 06:49 PM   #1
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Washington, DC campground info?

We are thinking of visiting Washington, DC this summer. Does anyone have any campground recommendations? I expect we would stay 2-3 nights and would like to be close to the capitol if possible, but we can be flexible. Generally we would prefer a state or national park, but that is just a preference.
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Old 02-01-2007, 07:57 PM   #2
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I always suggest the KOA in Harpers Ferry, WV. Nice campground, Harpers Ferry has great history and you can pick up the train right into Union Station in Washington, DC.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:05 PM   #3
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We stay at Cherry Hill. I believe it's the closest to downtown DC, and has a Metro bus stop that connects with the Metro subway, right at the campground. Scroll down to post #1 for a brief review:

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What Paul said.

I lived in Harpers Ferry for 7 years, and I agree with Paul. When we had company, we caught the train into DC for touristy things. It also gives you a SAFER envioronment for leaving the trailer unattended as well as for sleeping. Also, if you are interested in Civil War history, it is very close to Antitem Battlefield in Sharpsburg; and not too far from Gettysburg. Keeps you AWAY from heavy traffic. It is located on 340 just north of Charlestown, WV. One hour or less train ride from DC.
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:16 PM   #5
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I live in Berkeley Springs, WV. That's less than an hour from Harpers Ferry. I echo the sentiments above (even though I'm a bit biased ),it's a beautiful area!

John Brown, the abolitionist, led his big slave uprising in Harpers Ferry. The town alone is full of Civil War history. The movies "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals" were filmed in this area with something over 5000 re-enactors. A buddy of mine was in them both.

At any rate, I think you'd find HF a really nice place to park the tube. Not much crime in WV. Oh yeah, in Harpers Ferry, they have snapping turtles as big around as rubbermaid trash can lids. Don't fall in the canal!
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks folks, some great recommendations!
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:26 PM   #7
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We stayed at Cherry Hill Park and would highly recommend it. It's a little pricey compared to other campgrounds, but you get full hookups with cable.
They have a good size pool which the kids love. The bus comes right to the campground and takes you to the Metro, which is quite convenient. No need to worry about parking in the city.

And guess what.......we had such a great time there in 2004, we plan to go back there this June to explore more of DC. Can't wait!

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Old 02-02-2007, 01:21 AM   #8
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You should consider Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA. It's 10 miles outside the Beltway, but you can get into DC rapidly by car. You can also go to Vienna VA and take the METRO. There's also a direct commuter's bus (Fairfax County Connector) from Reston (park at the East Reston Parking Lot on Wiele Rd near 267/Dulles Toll Rd)that goes to DC or connects to METRO at West Falls Church.

We live nearby in Reston so we have not stayed at Fairfax Park. But we checked it out and the facilities seem nice. Parking sites are around a field on a hill but there were trees and options for parking under in the wood line. We didn't see any ASs but there were a number of nice RVs and campers parked at it. Here's the link:
FCPA - Camping at Lake Fairfax Park

Send me a note and I can tell you more about Reston, VA which is a nice little city with a distinct center area with good restaurants and other ammenities.
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I think you'd find HF a really nice place to park the tube. Not much crime in WV. Oh yeah, in Harpers Ferry, they have snapping turtles as big around as rubbermaid trash can lids. Don't fall in the canal!
OK everyone! Turtle soup in Harpers Ferry! Sounds like a rally to me!
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If you walk around the Harpers Ferry Campground you will see several ditches along the south side. These are actual Civil War trenches that were never filled in. The park service has plaques with descriptions along them. So it is an actual battlefield.
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OK everyone! Turtle soup in Harpers Ferry! Sounds like a rally to me!
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Sounds, good. We'll follow G&T down and I really like turtle soup with those little crackers and a splash.
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Page and I have stayed at Prince William Forest Park (NP) which is about 20 miles south of DC near Quantico. The Trailer Village is nice enough, woods and trails close by. The rest rooms are good for a national park.

Access to DC is easiest by Metro - take a short drive north (to the next exit, I think) then you can park in the lot. There is a Metro stop in the middle of the Mall - very convenient to Smithsonian and everything.

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Old 02-02-2007, 12:56 PM   #14
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We stayed at Cherry Hill and had a good time. We drove to the local Metro station and took the train into DC every day - it worked out great. I spend a lot of time in DC for my job and the Metro is a Godsend. If you are going to be touring DC, Cherry Hill is great - if you're staying in the campground a lot, the sites can be small and close together. Also, it is right on the interstate and you get traffic noise all night long.

The University of Maryland is just down the same street, so you may have college traffic to contentd with depending on when you go. There is a great grocery store just down the road too.

Have fun!
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