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Camping on a Budget Martinsburg WV

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control.

Nahkeeta Campsite
(304) 263-5382
Us Route 9 E
Martinsburg, WV
 
Antietam Hagerstown KOA
(800) 421-7116, (301) 223-7571
11759 Snug Harbor Lane
Williamsport, MD
Number of Sites
92 Total Camp/RV Sites,75 30 Amp Service,10 50 Amp Service,92 Electric and Water,92 Electric Only,22 Full Hookups,45 Max RV Length,22 Pull-Thru Sites,17 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,Dump Station,Cable TV,Laundry,Phone Service at Site,Store,Restaurant,Group Area,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Biking Trails,Boat Launch,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Hiking Trails,Kayak Rentals,Marina,Mini Golf,Nature Trails,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,Swimming - River,Game room,Hay Rides,

Yogi Bear''s Jellystone Park
(800) 421-7116, (301) 223-7117
16519 Lappans Road
Williamsport, MD
Number of Sites
219 Total Camp/RV Sites,80 30 Amp Service,92 50 Amp Service,219 Electric and Water,172 Electric Only,134 Full Hookups,50 Max RV Length,6 No Hookups,92 Pull-Thru Sites,6 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Cable TV,Group Area,Ice,Laundry,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room,Biking Trails,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Equestrian Friendly,Golf Facilities,Hiking Trails,Kayak Rentals,Marina,Mini Golf,Nature Trails,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Planned Activities,Playground,Recreation Hall,Swimming Pool,Water activities,

Maple Tree Camp
(800) 421-7116, (301) 432-5585
20716 Townsend Road
Gapland, MD
Number of Sites
26 Total Camp/RV Sites,26 Electric and Water,10 Tent Sites,
Amenities
Pavilion,Store,Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Nature Trails,Recreation Hall,

Tri-lake Park
(304) 258-1331
1 Tri Lake Park
Berkeley Springs, WV
 
Harpers Ferry/Washington DC NW KOA
(800) 421-7116, (304) 535-6895
343 Campground Road
Harpers Ferry, WV
Number of Sites
325 Total Camp/RV Sites,325 Electric and Water,100 Full Hookups,50 Max RV Length,100 Pull-Thru Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp
(301) 223-7117
16519 Lappans Rd
Williamsport, MD
 
Treehouse Camp
(301) 432-5585
20716 Townsend Rd
Rohrersville, MD
 
Maple Tree Campground
(301) 432-5585
20716 Townsend Rd
Rohrersville, MD
 
Indian Springs Kampgrounds
(301) 842-3336
10809 Big Pool Rd
Big Pool, MD
 

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February 8, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 4 Comments  

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon

Couple Enjoying a Picnic at a Campsite Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Your Camping Trip Ahead

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it’s a must. If you make your reservation online that’s fine; it’s convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When considering a campground, think about whether it’s down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that’s also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent features in the campground?

The answers to these questions and others l...

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