Campsites along the C&O/GAP

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.

trail MP  Distance  Name  Type  Phone 
C&O 0.0 fix milepost'  6.8 mi   Edit service Edit Fort Circle Park Hiker Biker Trail  Primitive   
C&O 8.4 fix milepost'  5.6 mi   Edit service Edit Robert C Mc Donell Campground  Comm  301 495-2525 
C&O 10.6 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Marsden Tract Group Campground  Group  301-299-3613 
C&O 16.6 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Swains Lock Hiker Biker  Drive-in  301 739-4200 
C&O 26.1 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Horsepen Branch Hiker Biker  Comm  301 739-4200 
C&O 30.5 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Chisel Branch Hiker Biker  Primitive   
C&O 34.4 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Turtle Run Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 35.7 fix milepost'  8.4 mi   Edit service Edit Jack Mehlberg Playing Space  Comm   
C&O 38.2 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Marble Quarry Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 42.5 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Indian Flats Hiker Biker  Primitive  301 714-2201 
C&O 47.6 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Calico Rocks Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 48.2 fix milepost'  5.9 mi   Edit service Edit Frederick County 4-H Camp & Activities Center, Inc.  Comm  301 662-0929 
C&O 50.3 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Bald Eagle Island Hiker Biker  Comm  301 767-3714 
C&O 53.9 fix milepost'  0.1 mi   Edit service Edit Brunswick Family Campground  Comm  301 834-9952 
C&O 55.0 fix milepost'  3.7 mi   Edit service Edit Camp Loudoun  Comm  703 431-9449 
C&O 58.1 fix milepost'  2.5 mi   Edit service Edit Harpers Ferry Adventure Center  Comm  540 668-9007 
C&O 58.1 fix milepost'  4.5 mi   Edit service Edit Blue Ridge Center For Environmental Stewardship  Comm  540 668-7640 
C&O 60.7 fix milepost'  3.1 mi   Edit service Edit Harpers Ferry KOA  Comm  800 562-9497 
C&O 60.7 fix milepost'  4.4 mi   Edit service Edit AT Campsite  Comm   
C&O 60.7 fix milepost'  9.4 mi   Edit service Edit David Lesser Memorial Shelter  Comm   
C&O 61.0 fix milepost'  2.5 mi   Edit service Edit Harpers Ferry Campground  Comm  304 535-2663 
C&O 61.0 fix milepost'  4.7 mi   Edit service Edit River Riders  Primitive  304 535-2663 
C&O 62.9 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 69.4 fix milepost'  7.9 mi   Edit service Edit Greener Pastures Family Farm  Comm  240 447-5115 
C&O 69.6 fix milepost'  0.3 mi   Edit service Edit Antietam Creek Hiker Biker  Drive-in  301 432-6110 
C&O 69.6 fix milepost'  8.9 mi   Edit service Edit Treehouse Camp At Maple Tree  Comm  301 432-5585 
C&O 72.8 fix milepost'  6.4 mi   Edit service Edit The Compound: Historic Nature Preserve Park  Comm  304 279-9299 
C&O 75.2 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Killiansburg Cave Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 76.8 fix milepost'  3.2 mi   Edit service Edit Rohrbach Scout Campground  Comm   
C&O 79.2 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Horseshoe Bend Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 80.9 fix milepost'  4.8 mi   Edit service Edit Woodmen of the World Campground Lodge # 1  Comm  301 582-3447 
C&O 82.7 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Big Woods Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 88.0 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit C.O Canal Kiwiet  Comm   
C&O 88.0 fix milepost'  0.4 mi   Edit service Edit Mulehalla  Comm  301 582-2800 
C&O 90.9 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Opequon Junction Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 94.8 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Cumberland Valley Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 98.9 fix milepost'  2.1 mi   Edit service Edit Yogi Bear  Comm  301 223-7117 
C&O 98.9 fix milepost'  2.5 mi   Edit service Edit Safari Campground  Comm   
C&O 99.5 fix milepost'  4.0 mi   Edit service Edit Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA Holiday  Comm  301 223-7571 
C&O 99.5 fix milepost'  6.9 mi   Edit service Edit River Bend Membership Corporation  Comm  304 274-2811 
C&O 99.7 fix milepost'  5.1 mi   Edit service Edit Leatherman's/Falling Waters Campsite  Comm  304 274-2791 
C&O 99.7 fix milepost'  5.1 mi   Edit service Edit Hitch USA  Comm  304 274-0600 
C&O 99.7 fix milepost'  5.3 mi   Edit service Edit Falling Waters River Lots  Comm  304 676-1000 
C&O 101.2 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Jordan Junction Hiker Biker Campsite  Comm   
C&O 109.9 fix milepost'  226 ft   Edit service Edit McCoys Ferry Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 110.0 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit North Mountain Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 111.9 fix milepost'  0.6 mi   Edit service Edit Fort Fredrick Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 116.0 fix milepost'  144 ft   Edit service Edit Licking Creek Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 120.6 fix milepost'  0.3 mi   Edit service Edit Little Pool Hiker Biker  Comm  301 739-4200 
C&O 124.0 fix milepost'  0.5 mi   Edit service Edit C&O Bicycle & Bunkhouse  Comm  301 678-6665 
C&O 124.4 fix milepost'  6.7 mi   Edit service Edit Happy Hills Campground  Comm  301 678-7760 
C&O 126.4 fix milepost'  0.5 mi   Edit service Edit White Rock Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 129.9 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Leopards Mill Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 133.6 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 139.2 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Indigo Neck Hiker Biker  Comm  301 739-4200 
C&O 140.8 fix milepost'  1.0 mi   Edit service Edit Little Orleans Campground  Comm  301 478-2325 
C&O 140.8 fix milepost'  9.9 mi   Edit service Edit Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary  Comm  814 784-3080 
C&O 141.0 fix milepost'  312 ft   Edit service Edit 15 Mile Creek Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 143.4 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Devils Alley Campground  Comm   
C&O 149.4 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Stickpile Hill Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 150.0 fix milepost'  0.1 mi   Edit service Edit Bond's Landing  Drive-in   
C&O 150.0 fix milepost'  5.0 mi   Edit service Edit Green Ridge Forest Site 66  Comm   
C&O 154.1 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Sorrel Ridge Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 155.8 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Paw Paw Tunnel Campground  Drive-in   
C&O 156.2 fix milepost'  8.2 mi   Edit service Edit Avalon Resort  Comm  304 947-5600 
C&O 156.2 fix milepost'  8.6 mi   Edit service Edit Stoney Creek Country Store  Comm  304 947-5152 
C&O 156.2 fix milepost'  8.6 mi   Edit service Edit Stoney Creek Campground  Comm  703 229-1139 
C&O 157.4 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Purslane Run Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 162.1 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Town Creek Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 164.8 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Potomac Forks Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 166.7 fix milepost'  0.3 mi   Edit service Edit Schoolhouse Kitchen  Primitive  301 478-5189 
C&O 169.2 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Pigmans Ferry Hiker Biker  Primitive  301 739-4200 
C&O 173.3 fix milepost'  near Trail   Edit service Edit Spring Gap Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 175.3 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Irons Mountain Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 180.1 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Evitts Creek Hiker Biker  Comm   
C&O 182.6 fix milepost'  8.7 mi   Edit service Edit Eagle's Nest Campground  Comm  304 298-4380 
C&O 182.9 fix milepost'  near Trail   Edit service Edit Hillcrest River Kampground  Comm  301 777-3472 
GAP 0.1 fix milepost'  6.2 mi   Edit service Edit Union Grove Campground  Comm  301 777-0024 
GAP 0.7 fix milepost'  1.1 mi   Edit service Edit Cumberland YMCA (Riverside) (train noise)    301 777-9622 
GAP 20.6 fix milepost'  near Trail   Edit service Edit Trail Inn Lodging & Campground  Comm  301 689-6466 
GAP 24.0 fix milepost'  3.3 mi   Edit service Edit Mason Dixon Campground  Comm  814 634-5982 
GAP 31.9 fix milepost'  0.4 mi   Edit service Edit Festival Park Campground  Comm  814 634-0213 
GAP 43.8 fix milepost'  4.5 mi   Edit service Edit Hickory Hollow Campground  Comm  814 926-4636 
GAP 43.8 fix milepost'  5.0 mi   Edit service Edit Posey Corners Campground  Comm  814 442-1281 
GAP 43.8 fix milepost'  6.6 mi   Edit service Edit Lost Mountain Campground  Comm  814 352-7310 
GAP 43.8 fix milepost'  7.7 mi   Edit service Edit Laurel Hill State Park Camp Ground  Comm   
GAP 43.8 fix milepost'  8.5 mi   Edit service Edit Laurel Hills State Park, Group Camps  Comm   
GAP 43.8 fix milepost'  9.7 mi   Edit service Edit Pioneer Park Campground  Comm  814 445-6348 
GAP 43.9 fix milepost'  6.9 mi   Edit service Edit Scottyland Camping Resort Center  Comm  814 926-3200 
GAP 43.9 fix milepost'  7.0 mi   Edit service Edit Scottyland Campground  Comm   
GAP 59.0 fix milepost'  7.2 mi   Edit service Edit Somerfield Beach Campground (seasonal - no weekly / weekend rentals)  Comm  814 395-3528 
GAP 61.2 fix milepost'  2.3 mi   Edit service Edit Paddler's Lane Retreat B&B  Comm  814 964-0410 
GAP 61.4 fix milepost'  525 ft   Edit service Edit Outflow Camping Area  Comm  814 395-3944 
GAP 61.7 fix milepost'  440 ft   Edit service Edit Wendy world Bunkhouse  Comm  814 395-2474 
GAP 65.9 fix milepost'  0.8 mi   Edit service Edit Yough Lake Campground  Comm  800 472-3846 
GAP 71.9 fix milepost'  2.5 mi   Edit service Edit Scarlett Knob Campground  Comm  724 329-5200 
GAP 71.9 fix milepost'  5.7 mi   Edit service Edit Benner's Meadow Run Camping & Cabins  Comm  724 329-4097 
GAP 71.9 fix milepost'  6.9 mi   Edit service Edit Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™  Comm  724 455-2929 
GAP 71.9 fix milepost'  8.6 mi   Edit service Edit Tall Oaks Campground  Comm  724 329-4777 
GAP 71.9 fix milepost'  8.8 mi   Edit service Edit Camp Christian  Group  724 455-2700 
GAP 88.6 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Connellsville Adirondack shelters  Primitive   
GAP 88.7 fix milepost'  8.3 mi   Edit service Edit Indian Creek Camplands Inc  Comm  724 455-7900 
GAP 88.7 fix milepost'  9.7 mi   Edit service Edit Hemlock Hideaway Campground  Comm  724 455-7700 
GAP 92.2 fix milepost'  479 ft   Edit service Edit Uniontown / Adelaide KOA Campground  Comm  724 628-4880 
GAP 99.6 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Roundbottom Primative Camping area  Comm  724 872-5586 
GAP 109.9 fix milepost'  on Trail   Edit service Edit Cedar Creek Trekker Campground  Comm  724-830-3000 
GAP 110.3 fix milepost'  223 ft   Edit service Edit Cedar Creek Park Scout Camping Area  Comm   
GAP 114.0 fix milepost'  0.2 mi   Edit service Edit Gap Trail Campground LLC  Comm   
GAP 114.1 fix milepost'  8.0 mi   Edit service Edit Madison / Pittsburgh S.E. KOA  Comm  724 722-4444 
GAP 121.6 fix milepost'  near Trail   Edit service Edit Dravo landing / Apache Springs Campground  Primitive  724-872-5586 
GAP 121.6 fix milepost'  194 ft   Edit service Edit Queen Aliquippa Camp  Comm   
GAP 128.3 fix milepost'  0.3 mi   Edit service Edit Yough Shore Inn  Comm  412 754-0440