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Maple Tree Campground
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

We camped in the tent site farthest away from the offices. This is a very rough campground and very hilly hard to walk around on. Too many rocks everywhere. Our tents are kind of big but we did manage to find some flat area to set-up. The tent floor was not completely stretched out though. The weather was very hot when we were there. We slept with the cover off of the tents. That night/morning two times a load noise (that scared everyone....including freaking out our dogs) flew over our tents while we were sleeping. Not know what it was....but would definitely like to know. We joked it was a UFO. The kids enjoyed sleeping with the stars shining through the trees and the song of the birds in the morning. It was definitely "roughing it". Having the showers, dish washing station, etc was a blessing. The showers were warm...loved the open air showers. The bathrooms were stinky but it was really hot weather. We stayed our second night in one of the treehouses. These were stuffy and EXTREMELY HOT to sleep in. If we ever go back it would be to tent camp. Locally, the area is charming...the caverns were fun and visiting Antietam was awesome.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Sandra N
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treehouse123, Owner at Maple Tree Campground, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2014

So sorry the weather was not the best for your camping trip. Every year, this area gets on average about 2- 3 heat waves that last roughly 4 days where the temperature can spike over 100 degrees, and, yes, camping in a heat wave is not ideal. The rest of the time it is comfortable and breezy. Unfortunately, we can't control the weather. If extreme weather is predicted, people have the choice to cancel and receive a Sunday through Thursday credit they can use at another date, or sell it, or give it as a gift. If there is extreme weather where the roads are impassable we give week end credits.
People do sometimes leave a lingering odor in a bathroom, yes, it does happen! As far as that noise? Sounds like a mystery. Maybe it was a low flying private plane, but , a UFO sounds plausible, I am a believer. Glad you enjoyed the area.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

I rented a tree cottage with my boyfriend and 2 friends in mid December. I will warn you that calling this a cottage is a BIG stretch; it has no electricity and no furniture besides a picnic table and bunk beds. That being said, if you go in knowing that this is what it is, you'll have a good time! The heated indoor bathroom was a wonderful escape from the cold. The staff were very helpful. We went on a nice hike to Weaverton cliffs which was a 10 minute drive away. I would recommend camping here to friends and families.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Airy A
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Absolutely stunning location for this campground. We drove to and from at the peak of fall color and I have to say it's probably the most scenic drive I've ever taken. Campgrounds themselves are nestled onto a hillside of the Appalachians with views of other hills/mountains all around. Nice tall canopy of trees throughout the campgrounds. And lots of activities in the area to keep the family fun going.

We rented one of the newer cottages - Bonzai. Very clean and cozy with an incredible view off balcony to the hillside. Mattresses were quite comfortable - no need for air mattresses. Heated via woodstove, which was essential for a night that dropped into the 20's.

Camp site equipped with a clean charcoal grill which we used to cook our meals, a fire ring, and a covered picnic table. What more can you ask for? Good-sized bag of firewood ($9 at the camp store) and some kindling ($3 at the camp store) and you're good to go.

Camp office has very clean restrooms, showers, wash basin and water source. And there's a port-o-pot nearby Bonzai as well. Louise, the owner, at the Camp Office was very friendly and helpful.

We found the campgrounds to be very quiet, though being there on a Sunday night in the fall was probably an ideal time as there weren't many others there at the time.

If there's one improvement to the cabin itself, it would be for some work to open up the old woodstove flue connection as even with the flue completely open, it's impossible to get a fire started or to open it to add wood without having the room fill with smoke. Once you close the doors, the smoke moves up the chimney as it should and all is good. But it's a bit concerning to be trying to sleep in a smoke-filled room. I'm used to heating my home by woodstove, so I'm very familiar with stoves. It looked like the chimney pipe opening was mostly closed by a metal flap that needs to be cut out of there so the opening is completely free of obstacles.

Maneuvering a Buick LeSabre to and from the camp site was tricky, but doable. A SUV or smaller vehicle would be better suited for the rough road (including jutting rocks), but as I said, I was able to make it work, so don't let that stop you.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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treehouse123, Owner at Maple Tree Campground, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Thank you for kind words. We recently completed Fall maintenance of chimney sweeping, your stove probably needed a cleaning. Often a stove will smoke a little bit in the beginning, and then once the draft kicks in, they work pretty well.
One trick is making sure the flues are open before opening the door to add more wood, each stove has 2 flues. The flue on the pipe is essential in order to bank the stove down at night, it never closes completely, but it closes enough to reduce the air flow so wood burns very slowly, if it were open, the wood would burn too fast. If anyone has difficulty with the stove, we encourage them to call us, even if it is late, so we can help. Each stove is slightly different. Thanks again.

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Reviewed 25 October 2013

We went for a friends wedding in early August and had the best time. It's an easy distance from DC and the campgrounds themselves are a great mixture of rustic and comfortable. The showers have great hot water and of course, it's beautiful! I highly suggest going with great friends and taking time for a float down the river in Harper's Ferry.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We rented the entire campsite in early August 2013 for my son’s wedding from Friday to Sunday. This was quite an undertaking since the majority of the wedding party, including the bride and groom, lived in states that required at least a full day of travel to reach the D.C. area. The staff cooperated with us every step of the way, allowing us to visit and inspect the camp on several occasions, even when the campsite was full. Louise and her staff answered our emails immediately and in detail, so when the time came to set up, we were as organized as we could possibly be considering the circumstances. The staff was very experienced in weekend venues and quietly guided us to better solutions as we insanely unloaded trailers for the long weekend. They were readily available throughout our stay to help with unexpected requirements. All the facilities, from the tree houses and cabins, to the showers and bathrooms, were clean and more than adequate for our guests comfort. It was a perfect weekend for my son and daughter-in-law, and all the family and friends that joined us, and it seems saying thank you to Louise and her staff falls short of expressing how much we appreciated their assistance, and the campsite, that provided a most memorable wedding.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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