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Old 03-19-2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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Camping Near Washington DC

We're planning a visit to DC in May and I'm looking for any help I can find on park suggestions. We have a 40'DP w/toad. My son will be joining us so a place with rentals/park models would be great too.

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We stayed for about a week at Cherry Hill last year and it was a great place to stay. Your first afternoon there they have an orientation meeting at 4 to tell you about the sights and how to get around. The city bus stops at the campground. The tour bus stops at the campground. I would highly recommend.

Cherry Hill Park is the Closest Campground to Washington, DC :|: Cherry Hill Park
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We stay at Cherry Hill often, in fact we will be there tonight. Nice campground and they have rentals and cabins. With your big rig, make sure they do not give you one of the "tight" spaces. I can barely get in with my 33' MH. Some of the nicest sites are just to the left of the entrance gate.
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+1 on Cherry Hill.
Pick up the bus at the entrance to the subway station at the college and ride into DC. Very convenient.
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Thanks all. Looks like Cherry Hill it is.
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Greenbelt state park in Maryland

if you want something a bit more rustic and probably a little less expensive, you could consider Greenbelt state park in Greenbelt, MD. We stayed 4 nights in Feb and enjoyed it very much despite all the snow. Lots of woods and very quiet and a feeling of being remote even though you're only 18 miles from downtown DC. Close to the Metro and grocery stores, etc. We took the Metro in one day and just decided to drive in the next day which was faster.

No hookups though so be prepared for that. May not be everyone's cup of tea.
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Also be aware that Cherry Hill is border on all or 3 sides by major highways so there is some highway noise. That didn't bother us and we enjoyed the convenient location.
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Also be aware that Cherry Hill is border on all or 3 sides by major highways so there is some highway noise. That didn't bother us and we enjoyed the convenient location.
We were there last weekend. I kept wondering what all that noise was. Then I remembered I had new hearing aids.

It was not very crowded except for Sat. night. Neighbor was there for one day to demonstrate against the now passed bill. I do not want to start a political discussion so I will not say which bill.
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We spent a few days camping at a park in Fairfax, Va. It was wonderful, as I recall, but do not remember the name of the campground. If I remember correctly, it might have been a county campground, but I wouldn't swear to it. Just a block or two from the metro station. A great place to visit (Wash. D.C.,that is).

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Heading west out of the DC on Rt 66 and then towards Reston/Herndon/Dulles airport area you might also look at Lake Fairfax county park and campground.

Elec only sites, but this place is in the center of Northern VA. (I used to live a few miles west of here for years.)

Lake Fairfax Park Campgrounds, Fairfax County Park Authority

Tysons Corner shopping, resturants, this was the center of my universe for years and has so much to offer, including rush hour traffic.

Definitely, go out to Dulles Airport and visit the Smithsonian extension of the Air and Space Museum. Huge place and great exhibits. Space shuttle, Concorde, Enola Gay, SR71 and hundreds more.

If it weren't for all the politicians, I might still live there. Just too much hot air and BS.
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