Reservable Campgrounds

 
C&O Canal Guide by Milepost

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Want to spend a night under the stars at the C&O Canal? Then you've come to the right place! The C&O Canal is a 184.5 mile long linear park stretching between Washington, DC, and Cumberland, Maryland. It is about a 4 hour drive end to end.

The park offers two different types of campsites: Primitive Campsites for hikers and bikers, and Reservable Campgrounds for individuals and groups. There are no RV hookups in our park. Read more below to find out which type of campsite will work best for you.

Download the Recreational Guide by Milepost (pdf).

 

Drive-in Campgrounds

  • By reservation only. Make a reservation.
  • No RV Hookups.
  • Trailer length may not exceed 20 feet.
  • Campsites are equipped with grills, chemical toilets, and water.
  • Antietam Creek and Paw Paw have adjacent parking, but visitors cannot park at the actual campsite. Visitors may not park and sleep in recreational vehicles in these parking areas.
  • Stay is limited to 14 days between May 1 and October 1. Stay is limited to a total of 30 days for the entire calendar year.
  • $20 per site per night, pass holders may be entitled to additional discounts.
  • Limit eight people per site.
 
 

Group Campgrounds

  • Reservation only, www.recreation.gov.

  • No RV Hookups.
  • Trailer length may not exceed 20 feet.
  • Campsites are equipped with grills, chemical toilets, and water.
  • Stay is limited to 14 days between May 1 and October 1. Stay is limited to a total of 30 days for the entire calendar year.
  • $40 per site per night during peak season, and $20 during non-peak season.
  • Groups with more than eight people need to use the group campsites or register for more than one site in the campground.

 

Reserve your Group Campsite

 

Camping Regulations

  • Camp only in designated sites.
  • No overnight permits required for vehicles in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal parking lots. The National Park Service is not responsible for cars or their contents; do not store valuables in cars.
  • This is a trash free park; take all trash away.
  • Quiet hours: 10 pm and 6 am
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Bring only kiln fired or dried wood into the park; it may also be collected from grounded dead material in park and used in campgrounds only, do not remove wood. Bring handsaws to cut to size.
  • Fires restricted to grills and fire rings provided or portable grills positioned off the ground. Coals must be extinguished and removed from the park.
  • Single campsites at drive in campgrounds allow a maximum of two tents and eight people.
  • Hiker-Biker campsites can fix a maximum of five to ten tents, depending on the campsite. Please refer to signage at the campsite for specific details.
  • Do not tie ropes to trees and structures.
  • The use of hammocks at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP is permitted at designated hiker-biker campsites and within campgrounds where reservations are required. If attaching to trees, hammocks must have straps that are at least one inch wide. Plastic zip cords, nails or screws are not permitted for the purpose of anchoring a hammock.
  • Do not wash dishes, bathe, or clean fish near wells.
  • Draining or dumping refuse from trailers or other vehicles is prohibited.

Last updated: February 25, 2022

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Williamsport , MD 21795

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