Just came back from a weekend with the Boy Scouts at the Maple Tree Campground (December 2012). We also stayed here back in February 2011. While we certainly stay here at odd times of year, we love this place!
Right off the bat, location: it's on the side of a mountain. Not carved into a mountain, it's on the mountain slope. This means it can be a bit hairy getting your car in and out, but it also means great views through the trees from every site that we explored! I've never camped at a campground at a mountain location like this that I didn't have to backpack in to. If you want to drive your RV in a park it, taking a golf cart around, this place is not for you. If you want a site or a lovely treehouse with nature around you and the beautiful Appalachians out your window, this is for you. We stayed here because it was the closest camping to Antietam National Battlefield 20 minutes down back roads), but it's also walking distance from Gathland State Park (five minute walk) and a great base for hiked on the AT (located on the ridge above your sites - 10 1/2 beautiful miles into Harper's Ferry, WV). We'll definitely be back for that hike.
Accommodations: We tent camped both times. The first time we stayed with ten boys and three adults in Lion and Leopard sites at the top of the mountain, with great views and a few inches of snow for the fun of it. The road up is steep (we walked our gear up due to ice on the road), but the sites are spacious, spread out, and equipped with picnic tables. Our stay this weekend was the the tipi field with sixteen boys and six adults, so we needed the extra space. We were the only campers outside, so we had a ton of space for the boys to run around in, views of the sunset, and some festive Christmas lights to look at. Our only disapointment was that this site was right on the road, so cars came pretty close (although they didn't come by often). If you don't have a large group like us and are tent camping, get a site up top. Nice, clean bathrooms are available, and showers too (we didn't partake of outdoor showers, as it's winter).
Staff: Staff were helpful and friendly. Booking was easy by phone. Very tolerant of having sixteen boys run all over the property (they are good kids, but they are still energetic boys). Gave us the run down on hiking the AT if basing from the campground, which has us excited to come back.
* Only one, online booking was very glitchy. Look at the map on the website, but save yourself time and make your reservations by phone. They'll be friendly.
- 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