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“Quiet Week in the Woods”

Catoctin Mountain Park
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Thurmont
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: You can't visit the Presidential retreat of Camp David here, but you can take advantage of the park's 25 miles of scenic hiking trails plus many outdoor activities including camping, fishing and picnicking.
Savannah, Georgia
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Quiet Week in the Woods”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

My wife and I stayed at Owens Creek campground in a small pop-up (no hookups) for a Sunday to Saturday camp. The site was wooded, near the creek and peaceful. The facilities were clean when we arrived late Sunday but no one cleaned the bathrooms for the first 2 days we were there. The good news was that there were only a few of us in the park. Kudos to the families of campers who arrived on our last night (a Friday). The park was as quiet that night as any. We visited throughout the park. Easy hikes and beautiful scenery. Wood is available for campfires. Thurmont or Smithburg are nearby for groceries. It you have a Verizon contract then you are in luck as it gives you great connection in most areas of the park. We even watched a US World Cup match on our phone. While the park is full of things to do, you have the added bonus of being about equidistant to both Antietam and Gettysburg, about a half hour drive away in opposite directions. We definitely enjoyed the trip and have already booked for June of 2015. There is Harper's Ferry, more hiking and a couple of vineyards left to be explored.

Visited June 2014
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Maryland
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232 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem -- very quiet and private”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We booked a site online for Owens Creek campground, based upon the knowledge that a friend had stayed there recently. We were looking for a quiet campground, primarily one for tenting.
Owens Creek fit the bill exactly. The fee per site is $25.00.

Reservations can be made online, but we found that we did not need one in the middle of the week, even in a prime weather week in June. We stayed in site #15 (there are about 50 sites total). Since there were so many vacant sites, we drove around to see if we wanted to change to another location, but we decided to stay where we started. First of all, the whole area is really nicely wooded, with large poplars and other trees. The screening between sites is excellent. There are two bath houses in the campground. The one nearest us (across from Site 18) did not have a shower, but the toilet facilities were clean and well maintained. The other bath house, not far away, is next to where the campground host was located; it had one shower stall. [Another option is the very nice bath house at the beach at nearby Cunningham Falls State Park, where there are many showers with doors that close, benches, and adjustable showers].

Each site has a tent pad, which is made of timber borders and is filled with gravel topped with wood chips. For Site #15, the tent pad was a few steps below the main part of the site where the picnic table was located, which made for even more privacy.

I would avoid Site #18, which is right next to the septic field below the bath house.

Wood is available for $5.00 per bucket. There is an outside water tap at the bathroom building, and there is also a separate utility sink area, so dishwashing can be done easily. There were a couple of handicapped tent sites near the wood shed area.

Visited May 2014
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Frederick, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Weekend at Owens Creek”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had two adjacent campsites for a Fathers day family get together. All Family Adults.
We started out to do the short Owens creek hike before dinner but went straight rather then cross the river. (no maps) We ended up doing 4 miles by the time we go back to camp. Not a problem as it was still light. We did another hike the next morning.
As you will find out wood for burning is bought at camp, its covered and a great deal. Be sure to pickup up a box of fire starters and you will be in great shape. An ax or knife to make kindling is also useful. I had a little blow touch which helped also. Facilities were clean. Camp was clean, There were nice camp tenders (Jim) in space #10 that answered all questions. We will definitely go back.

Visited June 2014
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Hagerstown, MD
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“Nice springtime camping and hiking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

We spent an early June weekend camping at Owen's Creek Campground and doing a bit of hiking in the Catoctin Mountain park. The campground is well maintained. The bath houses are basic, but clean. Each has one men's and one women's shower. The campground is fully wooded, which provided lots of great shade but also meant that everything was covered in droplets of sap from the trees. Each site has a tent pad, which is basically a wooden frame with mulch. The next time, we might take a garden rake to flatten out the surface a bit for a more even sleeping surface. The park is pet-friendly, and our dog had a great time.

Visited June 2014
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Ashburn, Va
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99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Fun Weekend camping, hiking and playing at the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

We went tent camping with 2 other families (total 6 kids 6 adults) at Owen's Creek Campground. Smaller campground so not too crowded. Bath house could use some attention, but worked. Not very clean but functional. I did notice quite a few handicap accessible camp sites - they clean and easily accessible and close to the rest rooms. We hiked and fished around Owen's Creek. Ventured into Cunningham Falls State park and spend the day at the beach lake. Large grassy area, concession stand, restrooms, smaller sandy beach and roped swimming area. We rented a paddle boat and a canoe for $15/hr each. Nice, no frills, family outdoor weekend.

Visited June 2014
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