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Planning Your Visit

Best Places to Camp Along the Towpath

If you’re one of those people who think that “roughing it” means no room service, then you’ve probably come to the wrong place. However, if getting up close and personal with nature sounds like heaven then you may want to try camping in the Park.

Cumberland Valley Campsite - Bud and Dell Cline

Cumberland Valley Hiker-Biker Campsite Photo Bud and Dell

ClineHiker/biker campsites are primitive sites located along the towpath throughout the entire length of the Park.  These rustic sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and consist of a picnic table, fire ring, Porta Potty, and hand pump for water.  While Drive-In campsites are accessible by auto, most hiker-biker sites are somewhat remote and require a decent hike or bike ride (from ¼ mile up to 4 miles) to reach.  Drive-in campsites require a fee but all other sites are free.

Antietam Creek Drive In Campground bathroom and handpump by Jim Tomlin PATC

Antietam Creek Drive-In Campground Photo Jim Tomlin PATC

There are several private campgrounds located along the towpath.  These feature additional amenities such as showers and swimming pools.

You can find more information on these at http://www.bikewashington.org/canal/plan-camping.php.  

For a complete list of camping regulations and campsites inside the park, you can access the park’s website at                  http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/camping.htm.