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This is a great camping trip because of the “hiker-biker” campsites along the C&O canal and the primitive camping at several points along the GAP. These trailside sites offer primitive camping (pump, chemical toilet, picnic table) shared with other hikers and bikers. They are located about every 5 to 10 miles from Swains Lock (C&O 16.7) to Cumberland (C&O 184.5) and at a few locations on the GAP. Water is from wells; at the Hiker-Biker sites, if the weekly test is suspect the NPS removes the pump handle, so carry plenty of water. These campsites are not accessible by car. Do not plan to use them unless you’re carrying all your camping gear on your bikes. If you have more than 6-8 people or 4 tents in your party, don’t count on using C&O Hiker-Bikers.

There are also car-accessible sites. The C&O canal offers primitive drive-in and walk-in sites (some without water). The walk-in sites are close to parking areas. In addition to the C&O sites, there are public campgrounds at Ft Frederick (C&O 112) and Confluence (Yough Dam Outflow, GAP 62). Several commercial campgrounds are located near the trail. Get directions to the campground when you make reservations. Be sure to ask for directions for biking from the trail, not for driving directions from the highway.

Our focus is on self-supported camping; these campgrounds are within easy biking distance of the trail (or the winter Savage Tunnel detour). Some are seasonal, others may be temporarily closed, so check on availability while you"re planning. Campsites marked “primitive, no cars” have no automobile access; these are for self-contained touring only. Numerous other campgrounds offer facilities for people who’re driving, but our emphasis here is on self-supported camping. We are not personally familiar with most of the campgrounds. We present this information as a service; it is not a review or recommendation.

For current, more detailed information see the Allegheny Trail Alliance websiteexternal%20link.

Trail, MP

Name

Dist From Tr

Type

Phone

C&O 11.5 Marsden Tract Group  Camp Beside trail Primitive 301-767-3731
C&O 16.6 Swains Lock Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 26.0 Horsepen Branch Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 30.5 Chisel Branch Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 34.4 Turtle Run Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 38.2 Marble Quarry Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 42.4 Indian Flats Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 47.6 Calico Rocks Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 50.3 Bald Eagle Island Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 54.0 Brunswick Family Campground Beside trail Public developed 301-834-8050
C&O 59.6 Harpers Ferry Hostel (uphill) 0.3 mi SE Tents at hostel 301-834-7652
C&O 62.9 Huckleberry Hill Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 69.4 Antietam Walk-in Camp Beside trail NPS primitive 301-739-4200
C&O 75.3 Killiansburg Cave Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 79.9 Horseshoe Bend Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 82.5 Big Woods Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 88.1 McMahon’s Mill Campground On detour Commercial 301-223-8778
C&O 90.9 Opequon Junction Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 95.2 Cumberland Valley Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 99.4 Yogi Bear Jellystone Ground 3 mi SE Commercial 800-421-7116
C&O 99.4 KOA Snug Harbor 2.5 mi NE Commercial 301-223-7571
C&O 101.3 Jordan Junction Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 110.0 North Mountain Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 110.4 McCoy’s Ferry Drive-in Camp 0.1 mi NPS primitive 301-739-4200
C&O 112.4 Ft Frederick State Park 0.25 mi W Public developed 301-842-2155
C&O 116.0 Licking Creek Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 120.4 Little Pool Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 126.4 White Rock Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 129.2 Happy Hills Campground (steep) 1 mi N Commercial 301-678-7760
C&O 129.8 Leopards Mill Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 133.6 Cacapon Junction Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 139.2 Indigo Neck Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 140.8 Little Orleans Campground 1.5 mi W Commercial 301-478-2325
C&O 140.8 15 Mile Ck Drive-in & grp tent Beside trail NPS primitive 301-739-4200
C&O 144.5 Devils Alley Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 149.4 Stickpile Hill Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 154.1 Sorrel Ridge Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 156.2 Paw Paw Walk-in Camp Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 156.9 Purslane Run Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 162.1 Town Creek Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 164.8 Potomac Forks Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 169.2 Pigmans Ferry Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 173.3 Spring Gap Drive-in Camp Beside trail NPS primitive 301-739-4200
C&O 175.4 Iron Mountain Hiker-Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
C&O 180.0 Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker (noise) Beside trail Primitive, no cars 301-739-4200
GAP 0 Cumberland YMCA (train noise) 1.1 Mile  N Commercial 301 777-9622
GAP 15 Trail Inn Campground Up to F’bg Commercial 301-689-6466
GAP 24 Mason-Dixon Campground On detour Commercial 814-634-5982
GAP 43 Husky Haven Campground Beside trail Commercial 814-926-2024
GAP 62 Outflow Camping @ Yough Dam 0.2 mi S Hiker-biker area 814-395-3944
GAP 62 Paddler’s Lane Camp 2 mi  N Commercial 814-395-9555
GAP 62 Suder’s Family Campground 2 mi S Commercial 814-926-5396
GAP 72 Ohiopyle State Pk (up big hill) Above trail Public developed 724-329-8591
GAP 88 Connellsville North Trailhead Beside trail Primitive  
GAP 92 Rivers Edge Campground Beside trail Commercial 724-628-4880
GAP 100 Round Bottom Hiker Biker Beside trail Primitive, no cars 724-872-5586
GAP 101 Hazelbaker’s Campground 1 mi X river Commercial, primitive 724-736-8155
GAP 110 Cedar Creek Hiker Biker Beside trail Primitive 724-872-5586
GAP 122 Dravo's Landing Camping 0.1 mi Primitive, no cars 724-872-5586

Organized Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups (only) may get permits to camp in town parks at Williamsport, MD (C&O 100, call 301-223-7711) and Hancock MD (C&O 124, call 301-678-5622).

Organized groups sponsored by nonprofit organizations may get permits to camp at the Marsden Tract (C&O 11.6, call 301-767-3731) and at Cedar Creek Park (GAP 110, call 724-830-3950).

Group camping at Dravo's Landing (GAP 122) and Round Bottom (GAP 100) requires permit (free, call 724-872-5586).

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