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.

trail MP  Distance  Name  Type  Phone 
C&O 0.0  6.9 mi   Fort Circle Park Hiker Biker Trail  Primitive   
C&O 8.4  5.5 mi   Robert C Mc Donell Campground    301 495-2525 
C&O 11.0  on Trail   Marsden Tract Group Campground  Group  301-299-3613 
C&O 16.6  on Trail   Swains Lock Hiker Biker  Drive-in  301 739-4200 
C&O 26.1  on Trail   Horsepen Branch Hiker Biker  Primitive  301 739-4200 
C&O 30.5  on Trail   Chisel Branch Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 34.4  on Trail   Turtle Run Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 38.2  on Trail   Marble Quarry Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 42.5  on Trail   Indian Flats Hiker Biker  Primitive  301 714-2201 
C&O 47.6  on Trail   Calico Rocks Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 50.3  on Trail   Bald Eagle Island Hiker Biker  Primitive  301 767-3714 
C&O 54.1  0.1 mi   Brunswick Family Campground  Comm  301 834-9952 
C&O 58.1  2.4 mi   Harpers Ferry Adventure Center  Comm  540 668-9007 
C&O 58.1  3.1 mi   Edward B. Garvey Memorial Shelter     
C&O 60.7  2.8 mi   Harpers Ferry KOA  Comm  800 562-9497 
C&O 60.7  3.3 mi   treetop campground     
C&O 60.7  3.3 mi   River Riders  Primitive  304 535-2663 
C&O 60.7  4.1 mi   Harpers Ferry Campground    304 535-2663 
C&O 60.7  4.7 mi   AT Campsite     
C&O 60.7  4.9 mi   Blue Ridge Center For Environmental Stewardship    540 668-7640 
C&O 62.9  on Trail   Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 69.6  on Trail   Antietam Creek Hiker Biker  Drive-in  301 432-6110 
C&O 69.6  8.9 mi   Treehouse Camp At Maple Tree    301 432-5585 
C&O 72.8  6.3 mi   The Compound: Historic Nature Preserve Park    304 279-9299 
C&O 72.8  8.1 mi   Nahkeeta Campsite LLC    304 263-5382 
C&O 75.2  on Trail   Killiansburg Cave Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 76.8  3.1 mi   Antietam campground     
C&O 76.8  3.2 mi   Rohrbach Scout Campground     
C&O 79.2  on Trail   Horseshoe Bend Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 82.7  on Trail   Big Woods Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 90.9  on Trail   Opequon Junction Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 94.8  on Trail   Cumberland Valley Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 99.2  2.1 mi   Yogi Bear  Comm  301 223-7117 
C&O 99.2  2.5 mi   Safari Campground  Comm   
C&O 99.6  4.0 mi   Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA Holiday  Comm  301 223-7571 
C&O 99.6  4.2 mi   Leatherman's/Falling Waters Campsite    304 274-2791 
C&O 99.6  4.2 mi   Hitch USA    304 274-0600 
C&O 99.6  4.6 mi   Falling Waters River Lots    304 676-1000 
C&O 99.6  6.9 mi   River Bend Membership Corporation    304 274-2811 
C&O 101.2  on Trail   Jordan Junction Hiker Biker Campsite  Primitive   
C&O 110.0  on Trail   North Mountain Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 110.4  on Trail   McCoys Ferry Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 112.4  on Trail   Fort Fredrick Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 116.0  on Trail   Licking Creek Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 120.6  on Trail   Little Pool Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 124.5  308 ft   C&O Bicycle & Bunkhouse  Comm  301 678-6665 
C&O 124.5  6.7 mi   Happy Hills Campground  Comm  301 678-7760 
C&O 126.4  on Trail   White Rock Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 129.9  on Trail   Leopards Mill Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 133.6  on Trail   Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 139.2  on Trail   Indigo Neck Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 140.8  269 ft   15 Mile Creek Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 140.8  1.0 mi   Little Orleans Campground  Comm  301 478-2325 
C&O 141.0  9.9 mi   Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary    814 784-3080 
C&O 144.5  on Trail   Devils Alley Campground  Primitive   
C&O 149.4  on Trail   Stickpile Hill Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 150.0  0.1 mi   Bond's Landing  Drive-in   
C&O 150.0  5.0 mi   Green Ridge Forest Site 66     
C&O 154.1  on Trail   Sorrel Ridge Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 156.1  on Trail   Paw Paw Tunnel Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 156.2  8.2 mi   Avalon Resort    304 947-5600 
C&O 156.2  8.6 mi   Stoney Creek Country Store    304 947-5152 
C&O 156.2  8.6 mi   Stoney Creek Campground    703 229-1139 
C&O 157.4  on Trail   Purslane Run Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 162.1  on Trail   Town Creek Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 164.8  on Trail   Potomac Forks Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 166.6  9.8 mi   Milleson's Walnut Grove    304 822-5284 
C&O 166.7  0.3 mi   Schoolhouse Kitchen  Primitive  301 478-5189 
C&O 169.2  on Trail   Pigmans Ferry Hiker Biker  Comm  301 739-4200 
C&O 173.3  on Trail   Spring Gap Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 175.3  on Trail   Irons Mountain Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 180.1  on Trail   Evitts Creek Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 182.6  8.7 mi   Eagle's Nest Campground    304 298-4380 
GAP -0.2  2.5 mi   Hillcrest River Kampground  Comm   
GAP 0.7  1.1 mi   Cumberland YMCA (Riverside) (train noise)    301 777-9622 
GAP 15.4  near Trail   Trail Inn Lodging & Campground  Comm  301 689-6466 
GAP 23.9  3.3 mi   Mason Dixon Campground  Comm  814 634-5982 
GAP 43.9  0.2 mi   Husky Haven Campground  Comm  814 926-2024 
GAP 59.0  7.1 mi   Somerfield Beach Campground (seasonal - no weekly / weekend rentals)  Comm  814 395-3528 
GAP 61.4  525 ft   Outflow Camping Area  Comm  814 395-3944 
GAP 61.4  0.3 mi   Wendy world Bunkhouse  Comm  724-329-4252 
GAP 61.4  4.7 mi   Yough Lake Campground  Comm  800 472-3846 
GAP 71.9  2.5 mi   Scarlett Knob Campground  Comm  724 329-5200 
GAP 71.9  5.6 mi   Benner's Meadow Run Camping & Cabins  Comm  724 329-4097 
GAP 71.9  8.6 mi   Tall Oaks Campground    724 329-4777 
GAP 71.9  9.3 mi   Five Pines Camping & Rec    724 329-4606 
GAP 89.4  on Trail   Connellsville Adirondack shelters  Primitive   
GAP 92.2  on Trail   Uniontown / Adelaide KOA Campground  Comm  724 628-4880 
GAP 99.6  on Trail   Roundbottom Primative Camping area  Comm  724 872-5586 
GAP 110.1  on Trail   Cedar Creek Trekker Campground  Comm  724-830-3000 
GAP 114.1  8.5 mi   Madison / Pittsburgh S.E. KOA  Comm  724 722-4444 
GAP 122.4  on Trail   Dravo landing / Apache Springs Campground  Primitive  724-872-5586