Camp Greentop

Camp Greentop Recreation Hall
Camp Greentop Recreation Hall

NPS

Completed in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, is listed on the National Register of historic Places as a Historic District. During construction, considerations were made to make the camp accessible for all to enjoy. Camp Greentop was among the first facilities in the United States to be built accessible. During World War II, Camp Greentop was used by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to train Special Operations (SO), Secret Intelligence (SI) and Operational Groups (OG). Today, this cabin camp facility can be rented by organized groups of 60 up to 140 persons. The Dining Hall and Recreation Hall are available for conferences year round. Applications for the entire year will be accepted starting on December 1.

Natural Features:

Camp Greentop is surrounded by hardwood forests on the slopes of Catoctin Mountain Park. The region is part of the Blue Ridge Province and offers scenic mountain views and clear streams.

Recreation:

Kids love the camp's swimming pool, open from late May through early September.
Access to the west side trails such as the Catoctin Trail and the accessible Spicebush Trail is a short walk from camp. Trails to enjoy horseback riding are also a short distance from camp. A short drive will put you within a short hike of Wolf Rock. This geological structure offers adventures as opportunity to rock climb. Permit is required to rock climb and can be obtained by through Recreation.gov.
 
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Facilities:

  • Cabins: Greentop is set up in four units with three cabins each. Each cabin sleeps 10 people. There are two leader’s cabins that sleep two people each and one staff cabin that sleeps four people. There are lights in each cabin but there are no electric outlets. Sleeping cabins are NOT heated. Cots and mattresses are provided. Campers should bring all gear including food, utensils, cookware, detergents, toilet paper and toilet articles, bedding, etc.
  • Lodge: The camp has one lodge that sleeps 12. Cabin and lodge floors should be swept regularly and all papers, clothing articles, etc. removed before departing. Windows should be closed. The vinyl mattress covers shall be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild soap if needed.
  • Restrooms: There is one heated restroom to each unit. Each has three flush toilets, three sinks, and three showers with hot and cold water. The central shower house has 12 showers and five flush toilets. Floors, shower stalls and curtains sinks and toilets must be cleaned and sanitized. Tile walls shall be washed and sanitized, tile cleaner and brushes are needed. Chrome fixtures must be cleaned and free of residue. Plungers and toilet brushes are provided.
  • Kitchen & Dining Hall: The dining hall seats between 80-100 people and features a commercial kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with the following: electric stove with 6 burners, large griddle and oven, electric stove with 2 burners, small griddle and oven, one walk-in refrigerator, freezer, ice machine, garbage disposal, and dishwasher. Groups may do their own cooking or utilize an approved caterer. The Dining Hall and Rec Hall are the only buildings with heat. The inside fireplaces in the Dining Hall and Rec Hall may be used; these are the only fireplaces at Greentop that may be used.
  • Recreation Hall: The Rec Hall is a large open room equipped with a stage. It is suitable for meetings, receptions, and a variety of other uses. The Dining Hall and Rec Hall are the only buildings with heat.
  • Recreation Field: There is a field area available for recreational sports, etc.
  • Swimming Pool: There is a swimming pool at the camp that is operational from Memorial Day – Labor Day. It is available only if the permittee provides an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.
  • Outside Fire Place/Campfire Circle: Groups may use the outside fireplace at Building 63, the Lodge, the campfire circle, or use their own camping stoves on the paved area beside the dining hall.
 

Activities and Amenities:

Within Facility...
Accessible Flush Toilets Accessible Showers
Accessible Sites Accessible Swimming
Adirondack Shelters Bed(s)
Campfire Programs Campfire Rings
Creek Access Drinking Water
Educational Programs Firewood
First Aid Kit Horseback Riding Trails
Interpretive Trails Mushroom Picking
Parking Area Picnic Area
Ranger Station Recycling
Trash Collection Visitor Center
Greater Than 1 Mile...
Accessible Playground Backpacking
Grocery Store Historic Sites
Lake Access Motel
Pay Phone Restaurants
Rock Climbing Wireless Internet

 

Book Now:

To book a stay at Camp Greentop, fill out this Complete Application Package and submit applications to: Superintendent, Catoctin Mountain Park, 6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. Applications can be faxed to 301-271-2764 or emailed to e-mail us. For further information, contact 301-663-9330. Applications for the entire year will be accepted starting on December 1.

Note: There is a selection process, which is outlined in detail in the Application Package. Specific criteria must be met before conformation of a selection can be made.

RATES
Weekend (Fri-Sun) Weekday (M-TH) Weekly
Entire Camp* $900 / Night $550 / Night $4,000 / Week
Day Use** $350 / Day $100 / Day

*Entire Camp includes cabins, dining hall, rec hall and pool.
**Day Use is 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm

Note: Early check-in and check-out may be possible through arraignments; however, there is an additional $75 per hour cost factor.
 

Know Before You Go...

Check-in:The Group Leader shall stop at the Visitor Center and notify staff prior to the Group’s arrival at the camp. If the Visitor Center is closed the Group Leader shall call 1-866-677-6677 to notify a Park Ranger for Check-in. The Group Leader and Kitchen Facility Supervisor shall accompany the Park Ranger during Check-in.

Trash: All trash shall be deposited in trashcans that are located throughout the camp. Use of trash can liners is encouraged. Trashcans shall be emptied into the dumpster behind the kitchen regularly. Trashcans shall be redistributed. Nothing shall be left outside of the dumpster.

Recycling: All recyclable trash i.e., cans, plastic bottles, cardboard, etc. shall be deposited in the proper receptacles located in the camp. The receptacles shall be emptied into the recycling dumpsters behind the kitchen regularly and the receptacles redistributed. Nothing shall be left outside the dumpster.

Cleaning: The Park stocks the camp with various brooms, dust mops, wet mops, mop buckets, plunger, etc. The Group Leader shall provide all other cleaning supplies and equipment. The Park encourages the use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products. All areas of permitted use are to be kept clean throughout stay.

Cabins: Cabins are stocked with cots and mattresses. The Group shall supply their own bedding, personal care products, paper products, etc. The use of electrical appliances is prohibited in the cabins Cabin floors should be swept regularly. All areas should be kept free of clutter. Trash shall be emptied daily by the Permittee.

Fires: Fires are permitted only in the fire circle. Catoctin Mountain Park will follow state and county fire bans. The Park will provide firewood. In order to control spread of insect pests, bringing firewood into the park from outside sources is prohibited.

Swimming Pool: Memorial Day – Labor Day No one under 16 years old is permitted in the pool or within the pool fence without adult supervision. The NPS recommends having a certified life guard or aquatics program coordinator at the pool when it is in use.

Check-out: The Group Leader and Kitchen Facility Supervisor shall meet with a Park Ranger at Check-out. The Park Ranger will inspect all areas for cleanliness, orderliness, and damages. The Group Leader and Kitchen Facility Supervisor shall not depart until the inspection and Check-out are completed. The Group Leader will be charged for any costs incurred by the Park due to associated use including but not limited to: damages to buildings or equipment stocked by the Park, picking up trash, disposal of items left behind, etc. A Bill for Collection will be issued. Preparation for Check-out: The Group Leader shall be responsible for all areas covered under the reservation. All items stocked by the Park shall be returned to their proper places, i.e. chairs, tables, mops, etc. All trash and recyclable trash shall be placed in the appropriate dumpster. All trash and recycling receptacles shall be redistributed to their proper places. Nothing shall be left outside of the dumpsters. The Group Leader shall remove all of their equipment, supplies, personal items, etc. from the camp at departure. Anything left behind shall become the property of the National Park Service. All hard floors shall be swept and mopped. All bathroom floors, shower stalls and curtains, sinks and toilets shall be cleaned and sanitized. Mirrors and chrome fixtures shall be cleaned and free of residue. All windows shall be cleaned and free of residue. The kitchen shall be thoroughly cleaned including stovetops, grills, ovens, tables, range hoods and filters, etc.

 

Rules & Conditions:

  • All emergencies, accidents, incidents, etc. shall be reported to: 24 HOUR ASSISTANCE LINE - 1-866-677-6677
  • The Permittee agrees to exercise the privileges granted by the permit, subject to the supervision of the Park Superintendent or his authorized representative.
  • Permittee waives and releases all claims against the U.S. Government for any injury to person or damage to property which may occur in connection with the use of camp facilities.
  • The Permittee shall pay the United States for any damage resulting from this use which would not reasonably be inherent in the use which the Permittee is authorized to make of the property described in this permit.
  • The permit is not transferable and may be revoked at the discretion of the Superintendent.
  • The Group Leader shall see that all members of the Group are informed of, and comply with, park rules, regulations, and special conditions.
  • The Group shall reasonably expect to conduct their program without outside interference.
  • All arrangements shall be finalized during processing; no changes will be made after confirmation of the reservation.
  • The National Park Service will not provide a refund of fees for any reason other than the inability to provide the facility rented.
  • As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
  • It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
  • As a starting point, please visit State of Maryland’s website.
  • Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
  • All vehicles associated with the Group shall park in the designated parking lot.
  • The parking lot will accommodate a maximum of 27 passenger cars.
  • Overflow parking is not available.
  • Parking adjacent to buildings and within the cabin area is prohibited.
  • Buses are not permitted westbound on Park Central Road between Thurmont Vista Parking Area and Camp Greentop.
  • Entry shall be through Manahan Road and eastbound on Park Central Road.
  • Facilities that are not included in the permit shall not be entered or used at any time.
  • Camping trailers or tents are not permitted within the camp.
  • No sales to the general public shall be made and no contributions solicited or accepted from the general public within the park.
  • Destruction, defacing or removal of buildings and improvements, trees, shrubs, flowers, wildlife, etc. is prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages and pets are prohibited in the camp.
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
  • The camp is subject to inspection by the Park Superintendent or his representative at anytime.
  • Fire exits and fire extinguishers shall not be blocked.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.

 

Directions:

GPS: 15001 Park Central Road, Thurmont, MD. (Note this is not the mailing address)

From Washington, D.C.:
Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north to I495 to I270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 17 miles north to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.

From Baltimore, MD
Take I-695 beltway to I70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.

From Hagerstown, MD:
Take I-70 East to Route 66 North for 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 64 (East) for 1 mile then turn right at a traffic light onto Route 77 East for approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.

From Gettysburg, PA
Take Route 15 South. In Thurmont, MD, exit onto Route 77 West (the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park.) Travel approximately 6 miles west on 77 (you will pass Park Central Road and the park Visitor Center) and turn right onto Foxville-Deerfield Road. As the road forks, turn right onto Manahan Road. At the next intersection, turn right onto Park Central Road. Continue approximately 1/2 mile and turn right into Camp Greentop.
 

Tours:

To tour camp facilities please call Catoctin Mountain Park at 301-663-9388 to schedule an appointment. Tour group size is limited to 4 people maximum. Tours of the facility are given the fourth Tuesday and Sunday of every month.

Note: No tours can be given if the camp is closed or occupied.
 

Last updated: January 31, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Phone:

(301) 663-9388

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