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Old 07-08-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Doesn't anybody camp when visiting the capital? I'm on night two in this beautiful Cedarville State Forest 20 miles south of the capital and again I'm the only one here. There's a camp host parked but it has been empty since I got here early Sunday morning. I don't know who is taking care of the place but the showers and ground are spotless. Seems very strange to be all alone in such a busy area.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:27 PM   #2
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Doesn't anybody camp when visiting the capital? I'm on night two in this beautiful Cedarville State Forest 20 miles south of the capital and again I'm the only one here. There's a camp host parked but it has been empty since I got here early Sunday morning. I don't know who is taking care of the place but the showers and ground are spotless. Seems very strange to be all alone in such a busy area.
I just came back and stood at Greenbelt National park. I am working on a review for my blog.

If you want hookups, then there is Cherry Hill in College Park. Too pricey for me as I was on a solo trip to visit friends. My friends enjoyed the NP wooded setting.
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The other option is to go west to northern Virginia and drive to a metro stop to take the train into the city.

There's also a KOA north and east of the city a bit that people use.
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I am staying at the KOA in Millersville Md. I chose this for the shuttle service to Washington DC for sight seeing with wife and 2 daughters 9 & 6. It is a bit pricey, $70 per night, but not being from the area I went with a known brand.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:44 PM   #5
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Not at all unhappy with this place just surprised that I'm the only one. Feels a bit strange for this time of year. Out here in the woods it is...dark! The only thing I hear is my A/C and the planes above.
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Not at all unhappy with this place just surprised that I'm the only one. Feels a bit strange for this time of year. Out here in the woods it is...dark! The only thing I hear is my A/C and the planes above.
That is how it was at Greenbelt. Maybe 10 sites in my loop were used?
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:50 PM   #7
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Definitely like the $30/night State and Forest campgrounds. And this is only about a 40 min. drive to the capital. $22 to park at Union Station parking deck all day.
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I've stayed at Cherry Hill twice. Yeah, it was a bit pricey, but you can drive down the Beltway one exit and park at the Metro stop and take the Metro into DC. If you wait until after 9:30am, you can get a pass that lets you ride anywhere it goes, all day, up to midnight, for one low price. ($5 about 10 years ago, I think). If you've got a Class C or A, they'll take you to the Metro, but I'm not sure exactly how you get back.
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I've stayed at Cherry Hill twice. Yeah, it was a bit pricey, but you can drive down the Beltway one exit and park at the Metro stop and take the Metro into DC. If you wait until after 9:30am, you can get a pass that lets you ride anywhere it goes, all day, up to midnight, for one low price. ($5 about 10 years ago, I think). If you've got a Class C or A, they'll take you to the Metro, but I'm not sure exactly how you get back.
If I understand correctly, there's a metro BUS stop right outside of the campground.

I live just north of there if anyone ever wants a visitor.
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Traveling with dogs so I had to pick one close. Picked the south side since that is the direction I'm heading from here.
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