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Old 03-29-2015, 02:28 PM   #11
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I live near DC and would like it somewhere within 3 hours drive.
Your best bet for a "wilderness experience" with hook ups will be the Va. - Md. - W.Va. state parks. From my experience, Douthat, Westmoreland Lake Anna, James River and Belle Isle state parks in Virginia would do for you.
In West Va., I recommend Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls. I haven't stayed in any of Maryland's parks, but there's a mess of 'em close to DC.
State parks tend to be more spread out (space between sites) and offer more in the way of wilderness/nature-oriented activities.
The best way to get help on this (and other sites) is to be specific about your time of year and interests for a particular trip.
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:56 PM   #12
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East Coast recommendations

West Virginia has some great state parks with hook-ups.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:04 PM   #13
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Getting a bit far for you but some good state parks in NC. Kerr lake and Jordan Lake come to mind. Bunch of stuff in the mountains of nc too.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:07 PM   #14
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:16 PM   #15
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Really appreciate the recommendations and will probably venture a bit father based on all the feedback. Thanks everyone- awesome forum!
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:51 PM   #16
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Elk Neck State Park in MD was always nice. Haven't been there in years but the sites were nice and secluded.
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:06 PM   #17
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Caledonia State Park in Southern Pennsylvania. Near Gettysburg. I haven't been, but I've been told good things.
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Caledonia State Park in Southern Pennsylvania. Near Gettysburg. I haven't been, but I've been told good things.

I've heard it is nice. I've been to Pine Grove Furnace State Park many times which is just down the road. It's easily my most favorite campground of all time- so many childhood memories there!

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Old 03-30-2015, 07:07 AM   #19
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Virginia has a State parks website that is excellent and a mailing list of activities with features on various parks. In Maryland Pocomoke State parks are near Assateague and Chincoteague Islands. They are also on the Pocomoke river. Very spacious and peaceful. We've used these parks when we couldn't find anything nearer to the ocean.
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We enjoyed Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland. We haven't been there in over 10 years and we only tent camped so I am not sure what utilities are provided. The RV sites may be electric only. Water is available in the campground.
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