Camping Near DC: 3 Beautiful Campgrounds You Should Reserve Right Now

Kiptopeke State Park Photograph courtesy Of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Owens Creek Campground

Camp David, the presidential retreat, is a couple of miles from this wooded campground in Catoctin Mountain Park. Reserve a site by Owens Creek and you’ll be serenaded by the brook all night long. 15882 Foxville Deerfield Rd., Sabillasville, Md.; 301-663-9388.

Kiptopeke State Park

At the tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake Bay, Kiptopeke is a favorite for bird watchers and beachgoers. Grab a tent site by the woods—or reserve the waterfront yurt. 3540 Kiptopeke Dr., Cape Charles, Va.; 757-331-2267.

Shenandoah River State Park

One of Virginia’s prettiest campgrounds lies on the South Fork of the Shenandoah—a perfect setting for relaxing after tubing the river or riding the park’s zipline. 350 Daughter of Stars Dr., Bentonville, Va.; 540-622-6840.