This was our first family camping experience (my first time camping ever). I have two young children ages 1 and 3 and was looking for a unique first camping trip. A friend recommended the tree houses at maple tree campground. Their website is very detailed and helped me select the appropriate site for my family. We decided on a "tree cottage" since we had two small children. I have am not much of a rugged nature girl and was more than pleased with the accomodations.
The man who checked us in (which I would assume was the owner) was friendly and expained the layout of the campground and where to find everything and provided us with a map. We purchased our firewood which was $12 for a large sack (when you return the sack you get $1 back). I thought the price for the wood was reasonable considering the time and effort it takes to chop up wood. Note: you must purchase firewood at the site you cannot bring your own due to chance of infestation. Yes the drive to the site is a little steep but hey it's the great outdoors. While a small sports car may have some difficulty we did not have any trouble in our SUV.
I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at our tree cottage called "magnolia". It was much larger and cleaner than I expected. We had a king and double bed bunked with nice matresses as well as two twin beds bunked with matresses. The cottage was neat and tidy (a lady was cleaning it when we arrived- sweeping and mopping the wood floor). There was a table with four chairs for dining with a table cloth and fake flowers in a jar which was a cute touch. There was also a woodstove. Out the back was a nice sized deck with chairs to enjoy the view. The cottage is built on a slope so sitting on the deck you were up in the trees hence the name "tree cottage". The cottage was well kept with nice little added touches like the flowers on the table and pictures hanging on the wall. The decor added to the rustic cottage feel of the place. We looked in one of the "tree houses" and they are rugged with only bunks as described on the website. If you are unsure of your needs the website encourages you to call so they can help you select a site. We requested one close to the bathrooms due to the small children and they were happy to accomodate us.
Each side has your own fire ring and we had an actual full size grill and a picnic table. You could see other sites from ours but there was enough space and trees that it still felt very private and secluded. The bathrooms are the cleanest I have ever seen. Everything in the bathroom was spotless. They also have outdoor showers (we only stayed one night so we didn't use these), but I checked them out and they also looked very clean. It seemed like a neat idea to shower outdoors (showers are private). There is also an outdoor sink to clean your dishes and dumpster for trash before you leave). There is a small store with any camping essentials you may need. Quiet time is 11p-7a which is nice because you can get a good night sleep. I also like that the place seems to be family oriented and the $250 fee for people who are a nuisance (litter, don't obey quiet time, etc) certainly deters any bad behavior. Pets are also allowed on leash and of course you must clean up after them.
Our family had a great time. The place is very well kept. The owners live on the property and you can tell they take great pride in this place which is why it is so nice. I thought the prices were more than reasonable, our cottage was $67/night plus the cost of wood. It was a small price to pay for a great family weekend and amazingly clean well kept facilities. I would highly recommend this place, especially to those with small children. It's a great place to stay whether you are new at camping like our family or whether you have been camping all your life. We can't wait to return in the fall.
- 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