Camping

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 information on the campsites on the GAP trail, see Great Allegheny Passage.
For current, more information on the campsites on the C&O, see National Park Service. For an interactive map and historical information about each site, see C & O Canal Trust.

C&O 11.0  fix milepost'  Edit Marsden Tract Group Campground service  on trail  Group  301-299-3613 
C&O 16.6  fix milepost'  Edit Swains Lock Hiker Biker service  on trail  Drive-in  (301) 739-4200 
C&O 26.1  fix milepost'  Edit Horsepen Branch Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive  (301) 739-4200 
C&O 27.1  fix milepost'  Edit Izaak Walton League of America Conservation Farm service  2.1  Comm 2.1 mi.  (301) 972-8913 
C&O 30.5  fix milepost'  Edit Chisel Branch Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 34.4  fix milepost'  Edit Turtle Run Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 38.2  fix milepost'  Edit Marble Quarry Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 42.5  fix milepost'  Edit Indian Flats Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive  (301) 714-2201 
C&O 47.6  fix milepost'  Edit Calico Rocks Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 50.3  fix milepost'  Edit Bald Eagle Island Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive  (301) 767-3714 
C&O 54.1  fix milepost'  Edit Brunswick Family Campground service  0.1  Comm 0.1 mi.  (301) 834-9952 
C&O 58.1  fix milepost'  Edit River & Trail Outfitters service  1.3  Primitive 1.3 mi.  (301) 834-9950 
C&O 58.1  fix milepost'  Edit Harpers Ferry Adventure Center service  2.4  Comm 2.4 mi.  (540) 668-9007 
C&O 58.1  fix milepost'  Edit HI Harpers Ferry Hostel and Campground service  1.1  Comm 1.1 mi.  (301) 834-7652 
C&O 60.7  fix milepost'  Edit Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA service  2.8  Comm 2.8 mi.  (800) 562-9497 
C&O 62.9  fix milepost'  Edit Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 69.6  fix milepost'  Edit Antietam Creek Hiker Biker service  on trail  Drive-in  (301) 432-6110 
C&O 75.2  fix milepost'  Edit Killiansburg Cave Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 79.2  fix milepost'  Edit Horseshoe Bend Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 82.7  fix milepost'  Edit Big Woods Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 90.9  fix milepost'  Edit Opequon Junction Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 95.2  fix milepost'  Edit Cumberland Valley Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 99.2  fix milepost'  Edit Safari Campground service  2.5  Comm 2.5 mi.   
C&O 99.2  fix milepost'  Edit Yogi Bear service  2.1  Comm 2.1 mi.  (301) 223-7117 
C&O 101.2  fix milepost'  Edit Jordan Junction Hiker Biker Campsite service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 109.9  fix milepost'  Edit McCoys Ferry Campground service  on trail  Drive-in   
C&O 110.0  fix milepost'  Edit North Mountain Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 112.4  fix milepost'  Edit Fort Fredrick Campground service  on trail  Drive-in   
C&O 116.0  fix milepost'  Edit Licking Creek Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 120.6  fix milepost'  Edit Little Pool Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 126.4  fix milepost'  Edit White Rock Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 129.9  fix milepost'  Edit Leopards Mill Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 133.6  fix milepost'  Edit Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 139.2  fix milepost'  Edit Indigo Neck Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 140.9  fix milepost'  Edit 15 Mile Creek Campground service  on trail  Drive-in   
C&O 141.0  fix milepost'  Edit Little Orleans Campground service  0.6  Comm 0.6 mi.  (301) 478-2325 
C&O 141.0  fix milepost'  Edit Group Campsite service  2.4  Group 2.4 mi.   
C&O 144.5  fix milepost'  Edit Devils Alley Campground service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 149.4  fix milepost'  Edit Stickpile Hill Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 150.0  fix milepost'  Edit Bond's Landing service  0.1  Drive-in 0.1 mi.   
C&O 154.1  fix milepost'  Edit Sorrel Ridge Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 156.1  fix milepost'  Edit Paw Paw Tunnel Campground service  on trail  Drive-in   
C&O 157.4  fix milepost'  Edit Purslane Run Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 162.1  fix milepost'  Edit Town Creek Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 164.8  fix milepost'  Edit Potomac Forks Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 164.8  fix milepost'  Edit Fort Circle Park Hiker Biker Trail service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 166.7  fix milepost'  Edit Schoolhouse Kitchen service  0.3  Primitive 0.3 mi.  (301) 478-5189 
C&O 169.1  fix milepost'  Edit Pigmans Ferry Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive  (301) 739-4200 
C&O 173.3  fix milepost'  Edit Spring Gap Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 175.3  fix milepost'  Edit Irons Mountain Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
C&O 180.1  fix milepost'  Edit Evitts Creek Hiker Biker service  on trail  Primitive   
GAP 61.3  fix milepost'  Edit Wendy world Campground - Bunkhouse service  0.3  Comm 0.3 mi.  724-329-4252 
GAP 61.4  fix milepost'  Edit Paddler's Lane Retreat B&B service  2.3  Comm 2.3 mi.  (814) 964-0410 
GAP 71.9  fix milepost'  Edit Scarlett Knob Campground service  2.5  Comm 2.5 mi.  (724) 329-5200 
GAP 89.4  fix milepost'  Edit Connellsville Adirondack shelters service  on trail  Primitive   
GAP 92.2  fix milepost'  Edit Uniontown / Adelaide KOA Campground service  on trail  Primitive  (724) 628-4880 
GAP 99.6  fix milepost'  Edit Roundbottom Primative Camping area service  on trail  Primitive  (724) 872-5586 
GAP 110.1  fix milepost'  Edit Cedar Creek Trekker Campground service  on trail  Primitive  724-830-3000 
GAP 122.4  fix milepost'  Edit Dravo landing / Apache Springs Campground service  on trail  Primitive  724-872-5586