We found this location last minute and emailed an inquiry for availability. Within 15 minutes I had a reply and we were able to get a cabin that had just received a cancellation. The owner was very clear about the rustic conditions we were reserving, so we went in eyes wide open. However, if we had long been planning a get-away trip to a tree house camp, we would have been more disappointed. On the whole site there seem to be only two true "tree houses." Everything else, including ours, was essentially raised cabins on a very hilly terrain. Our cabin was one of the older ones (Bluebird). And while the stairs had been redone fairly recently, the roof leaked during the rain storm and the screen had several patches covered over with duct tape and a few not covered at all. There was an inordinate amount of poison ivy on our small camp site, and the parking space would have been near-impossible were it not for all-wheel drive. We were also closer to the port-a-potty than the map indicates, and unfortunately were downwind most of the time.
Would we go there again? Absolutely, but I would give much more lead time to allow booking one of the newer cottages or tree cabins. The owners were wonderful and I wholly support their philosophy of peaceful, respectful camping for all. They were responsive and customer focused. I never for a moment expected we'd be staying in anything more that what we had. They are clear in their communications. They run a camp store with everything you might need that you forgot. They have the cleanest bathrooms I've EVER seen while camping, and they have wonderful showers, a separate dish washing sink, and a dumpster for trash, and roped off pathways between the campgrounds. Also, the prices are wonderfully reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One and a half hours from D.C. and Baltimore we have a small tree house campground and are open year round. There are a variety of camping options, the Hobbit House and Tree Cottages have wood stoves and mattresses, there are new ones and older ones. There are a variety of tree houses, they do not have mattresses or wood stoves. Each site has a fire circle, picnic table, and grill.The bathrooms and showers are centrally located. We have secluded tent sites. We are 7 miles from river rafting, tubing, horseback riding, zip-lining, and a ten-minute walk from the Appalachian Trail. Also, 10 minutes from a train into D.C. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maple Tree Campground Hotel Gapland
- Maple Tree Campground Maryland/Gapland