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I know not everyone who camps enjoys a campfire, but for us one of the best parts about camping is sitting around the campfire at night and enjoying each others company. Plus certain foods taste better over the campfire, you really can’t make a s’more with a candle.

Cherry Hill Park
(301) 937-7116
9800 Cherry Hill Rd
College Park, MD
 
Bull Run Regional Park
(703) 631-0550
6501 Pohick Bay Dr
Lorton, VA
 
Fairfax County Government
(703) 471-5414
1400 Lake Fairfax Dr
Reston, VA
 
Community Camps Inc
(301) 217-9591
15500 Quince Valley Ter
Gaithersburg, MD
 
MILITARY PARK (FAMCAMP-Andrews AFB)
(301) 981-4109
Morningside, MD
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Playground, Horseshoes

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Cherry Hill Park
(800) 421-7116, 740-1210, (301) 937-7116
9800 Cherry Hill Road
College Park, MD
Number of Sites
390 Total Camp/RV Sites,350 30 Amp Service,300 50 Amp Service,390 Electric and Water,350 Electric Only,350 Full Hookups,9 Group Sites,50 Max RV Length,29 Pull-Thru Sites,5 Rental Trailers,35 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,Dump Station,Cable TV,Laundry,Phone Service at Site,Store,Restaurant,Group Area,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Biking Trails,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Equestrian Friendly,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hiking Trails,Kayak Rentals,Marina,Mini Golf,Nature Trails,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,Swimming - Pond,Recreation Hall,Game room,Hay Rides,

Fairland Regional Park
(301) 953-0222
14110 Old Gunpowder Rd
Laurel, MD
 
Burke Lake Park Golf Course
(703) 323-6600
7315 Ox Rd
Fairfax Station, VA
 
Cherry Hill Park*
(800) 314-9308
9800 Cherry Hill Rd
College Park, MD
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Greenbelt NP (Greenbelt Campground)
(301) 344-3948
Greenbelt, MD
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Family Camp
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Playground, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Sitting around the Campfire

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February 16, 2010 by Denise N. Crew · 2 Comments  

sitting by the fire

Baby Girl keeps C's lap warm as we start the campfire

I know not everyone who camps enjoys a campfire, but for us one of the best parts about camping is sitting around the campfire at night and enjoying each others company. Plus certain foods taste better over the campfire, you really can’t make a s’more with a candle. Also there’s the enjoyment of just chatting with family and friends with no gadgets to interrupt the conversation.

The most important thing about cooking over the campfire is having long enough forks, trust me your non-singed knuckle hair will thank you. We love s’mores, there’s just something about that gooey mess that tastes so good. We learned it’s better to do your cracker/chocolate setup before roasting your marshmallow, nothing worse then having your perfectly toasted marshmallow hit the dirt while you fiddle around breaking the graham cracker in half, there’s no 5 second rule for that. A word to the wise, if you’re thinking a marshmallow Peep is going to make a s’more taste even better, think again, you toast the Peep and the sugar coating reaches the temperature of molten lava. So while those sitting around the campfire might enjoy the laugh, you’ll have a burnt tongue for your efforts. Please don’t ask how I know, I just do. Also when your kids have a brilliant idea, let them try it out first!

eating a s'more

Little Man enjoying a s'more

I’m a pretty creative cook, so I know about 10 different ways to cook a hotdog, but the best way is over the campfire. We also like to do pigs in the blanket for a treat. Roast your hotdog over the fire and when it’s almost done, wrap the hotdog with a crescent roll. (be careful, it’s hot) then return to roasting the hotdog over the campfire till the crescent it toasted. Don’t try to cook the hotdog and the crescent at the same time, the crescent will be doughy and gross on the inside. Now if you want a more grown up taste try Johnsonville Brats, they are out of this world cooked over a campfire.

So while all this cooking is going on, there’s usually some good conversation shared as well. Whether it’s just our immediate family or we’re camping with extended family and friends there’s always jokes and laughter. We’ll talk about camping trips past, what the plans are for the following day, sometimes even a hope or a dream one of the kids have. A campfire seems to bring out the best of family camping.

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