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Washington DC Campgrounds
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:06:26 PM »
Looking to stay somewhere (close enough) to the city that we can hop on the metro and see all the sights.

Any recommendations, we have a 40ft 5er

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2017, 12:31:55 PM »
Best choice is Cherry Hill"

http://www.cherryhillpark.com/
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2017, 12:42:38 PM »
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2017, 01:00:29 PM »
Do you guys really pay $70/night? We want to stay 2 weeks
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2017, 01:35:16 PM »
Do you guys really pay $70/night? We want to stay 2 weeks

That's what you're going to pay in order to be close to where you want to go.
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2017, 01:41:36 PM »
Pohick Bay state park in Lorton VA. About half as much as Cherry Hill, but don't expect all the amenities as Cherry Hill. We like it there and it's about a 10 minute ride to the metro. Unless you're active or retired military then you could stay at Ft. Belvoir.
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2017, 01:46:14 PM »
Do you guys really pay $70/night? We want to stay 2 weeks
Many parks have weekly rates and monthly rates that are much cheaper. And yes I have paid more than that when I stayed at Fort Wilderness in Disney World. Worth every penny. Cherry Hill is located on the DC bus route so you don't need a car.
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2017, 06:32:35 PM »
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2017, 06:53:23 PM »
Look at Green belt. It is not a national park, but it is run by the government. I think with the geezers pass it is $8. And you can stay two weeks.
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2017, 02:20:58 AM »
Howdy,

Look at Green belt. It is not a national park, but it is run by the government. I think with the geezers pass it is $8. And you can stay two weeks.

Best tip so far! Here's the link (it took some googling):
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/greenbelt-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70955

Looks exactly like the kind of place we'd like to stay at when going back to DC in a RV...

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2017, 04:05:08 AM »
Can you go two weeks without electric hook up? 
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2017, 06:01:11 AM »
Howdy,

Can you go two weeks without electric hook up? 

Not sure who you meant by "you", but speaking for us, we certainly plan to, and even longer (sizeable bank of LiFePO4s, backed by plenty of solar and for those clouded intervals, a trusty generator).

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2017, 07:45:31 AM »
We stayed last year at Cherry Hill Park, where Mary Hill used to hang out, and although a very nice park the sites are very close together. When I put my rear slide out I felt bad as I was barely into the next site. I was actually just about over their fire pit although they did not have a fire thankfully. Great location to get in and out of DC though.
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2017, 07:46:21 AM »
Howdy,

Not sure who you meant by "you", but speaking for us, we certainly plan to, and even longer (sizeable bank of LiFePO4s, backed by plenty of solar and for those clouded intervals, a trusty generator).

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Wow,you are all set then.  I didn't know if the OP noticed that Greenbelt says no water or electric. 

The other consideration was access to Metro and it looks like Cherry Hill is the winner there.  Avoid driving into and around D.C. If you can.  Traffic is horrible and everybody is "me first". 

Just my thoughts.
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2017, 09:23:58 AM »
My son just moved to DC. I have been doing the same research for a visit in the spring.

The search bar on this site revealed many fantastic choices in the area.

I concluded that if I want to visit My Son, Smithsonian Museums, National Monuments, ect in DC, Cherry Hill is the place to be. Sure, $70 a night and tight spaces, but I am there to see my son and DC, and I get to sleep in my own wheel house. Staying at Cherry Hill will save many hours of commuting if visiting for a week. I place a high value on my short time in the area.

Conversely, If I was there to explore the geography and rolling forested splendor that the area has to offer, there are many other campgrounds suitable for that type of experience.
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2017, 10:15:12 AM »
Just to put $70/night in perspective, what kind of room can one get in DC for $70/night?
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2017, 10:38:57 AM »
We were camp hosts there 4 years ago  It is nicer than the average federal park. Large,well separated sites. I would think that most people using it would be spending their days in DC and just sleeping in the RV.

You can walk or drive to two different transit stations and get a geezers pass on it also.

 One warning.  The ticks there jump out of trees and tear your throat  open in their search for blood. If you stay on the trails or road---no problem.

There was a great Chinese buffet to the right on Rhode Island Ave.

The people in DC are the most impolite, pushy, and overall obnoxious bunch I have ever been around.

I also have a problem seeing slums, homeless and the associated trash and other problems ten blocks from the capital building.
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« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2017, 03:27:39 PM »
Just to put $70/night in perspective, what kind of room can one get in DC for $70/night?

Several years ago the wife and I stayed at the Old Soldiers Home. We each had to have our own room with an actual army cot and those scratchy OD green blankets. Dismal place. Cost $25 a night so $50 for the two of us. Even lodging on the military installations will run you about $100 night.

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2017, 04:43:20 PM »
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Do you guys really pay $70/night? We want to stay 2 weeks.

dbFL, very few metropolitan areas have campgrounds that are close to attractions.  Land is scarce and, therefore, valuable so there are better (e.g. more lucrative) things to put on a few acres than RV parks.  We pay what we need to pay in order to visit the sites we want to visit.  Sorry, but it's a fact of RVing life.  As suggested previously, check their weekly rates.  It often boils down to what amenities we want and need or are willing to forego.  The public campgrounds are less expensive but the tradeoff is whether you can survive for a lengthy period with partial hookups or without any hookups.

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2017, 06:49:08 PM »
The people in DC are the most impolite, pushy, and overall obnoxious bunch I have ever been around.
(:( (:(  I lived in the Washington DC area for over 40 years and found the people to be just the opposite!


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I don't believe they have weekly or monthly rates.
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2017, 04:29:07 AM »
The other consideration was access to Metro and it looks like Cherry Hill is the winner there.  Avoid driving into and around D.C. If you can.  Traffic is horrible and everybody is "me first". 

We live in Delaware and visit D.C. occasionally. Sometimes we stay at one of the military installations either in the FamCamp or lodging. I drive into D.C. each time we go. I usually make a reservation at a parking garage near where we are going. Parking is relatively inexpensive for a fairly  large city. I don't find driving in D.C. any more difficult than Philadelphia or Chicago. Now London, that's a different animal altogether.
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2017, 07:28:04 AM »
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Avoid driving into and around D.C. If you can.  Traffic is horrible and everybody is "me first". 
Traffic wise DC is like any other large metropolitan area, terrible twice a day and bad the rest of the time. People trying to get to and from work and construction to repair roads and build new roads to help alleviate traffic. It's better than when I first arrived there. As for the drivers they are no worse than any other large city. Especially for the Metro DC area. The population is so diverse with drivers not just from all over this country, but from all over the world living and working in the area. And they all bring their bad/good driving habits with them.

A word of caution though, on the Virginia side of the beltway (I-495) they built HOV lanes which is a boon for those that qualify for HOV, but not so much for the rest of us. When I lived there the cost to use the HOV lanes during rush hour if you didn't have the correct number of occupants in your car could be as high as $15 or more. It varies through out the day according to the density of traffic.

As to the Metro system (subway) buy a plastic fare card which you can reuse. If you buy the paper fare card each time you use the metro system it will cost each person an extra $1 per trip. Both fare cards can reloaded as needed. If you're a senior you can get a special fare card which will save you money on trips,
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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2017, 02:53:57 PM »
Gene,

I ran a search on the rudest cities in the US and DC only made number 5.  But, I did not have much to compare it to.
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« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2017, 07:32:05 PM »
Maybe I'm just too sensitive to drivers around here.  Plus,I don't get out much. The aggressiveness just leaves me bewildered-we all wind up at the same stop light. 
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« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2017, 07:38:48 PM »
Gene,

I ran a search on the rudest cities in the US and DC only made number 5.  But, I did not have much to compare it to.
I ran the same search and came up with several different polls and each one was radically different. The one thing they all had in common is they were all very large cities. Small cities won't get many votes since not many people live there. One poll had Orlando in 10th place. Baloney. Orlando is a wonderful town and certainly not rude. Southern hospitality is very real down here.
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« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2017, 09:57:52 PM »
Cherry Hill is the winner once more. The city busses come into the park and take you to the Metro. They even have seminars on using the metro system. I went all the way out to Arlington National Cemetery on the Metro.  :))
We have stayed there 4 times.
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« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2017, 05:08:17 PM »
If you qualify, Fort Mead has a very nice campground although it is a bit of a drive to a metro station.
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« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2017, 05:55:42 PM »
If you qualify, Fort Mead has a very nice campground although it is a bit of a drive to a metro station.

We stayed at Ft Mead when we took the grandkids to 6 Flags. Very nice FamCamp. $50 a night FH.

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2017, 09:05:36 PM »
If you think $70 a night is bad just don't go to Jackson Hole.  $100 a night to stay at the Virginian Lodge RV Park.

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« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2017, 09:47:20 PM »
Lets not scare them with high priced campgrounds. ;) Like the lower Main cost around Moody Beech. You can't get in at any cost. :o
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« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2017, 12:16:34 PM »
If you can boondock, Greenbelt Park is great! I stayed there for a week in July last year.

You can run your generator during daylight hours to top off your batteries or use the microwave. There are water spigots at several places around the campground, and a dump station that is easy to get to. The showers passed inspection by my picky niece, so they should be alright.

You can hear traffic at night. But it's mainly background noise. Metro is a short drive away with $5 parking. The Green Line takes you right to the D.C. Mall with all the Smithsonian buildings withing easy walking distance.

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« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2017, 01:28:55 PM »
I guess I am just cheap, but I will not pay $70 to park when I can pay $10 a mile away. I have 600 watts of solar panels and batteries, so we do not miss electric hookups. We can run off the tanks for ten days to two weeks--more if we are gone during the day. But, the world would be so boring if we were all the same
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« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2017, 07:38:23 AM »
I have stayed at Greenbelt and had no problems, however the locals will tell you that it has had it's share of crime.  My daughter and SIL will not let me stay there any more.  About 20 miles north on I 270 is the Montgomery Cty Park that is reasonably priced, traffic in can be a slow process and in order to see the Mall, you have to get there quite early or wait to get into some attractions.  Haven't stayed at Cherry Hill, but it is about the best option for travel into the city.  Don't try to drive into DC, find the Metro and take it in.
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« Reply #33 on: November 13, 2017, 08:04:21 AM »
Little Bennet park is the one in Montgomery County.  I have never stayed there but the traffic on 270 is very heavy.  Parking at the Shady Grove Metro fills up.

When are you planning to visit?
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« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2017, 07:41:06 PM »
Hadn't heard about crime at Greenbelt. Certainly wasn't any when I was there. But then it was the week of the Rolling Thunder Rally, with all those Harley riders camping there. Nice and peaceful.
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« Reply #35 on: November 13, 2017, 08:43:59 PM »
There was no crime there when we hosted. There is a police station right at the entrance. We called them once about an abandoned car in the four months we were there.
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« Reply #36 on: November 13, 2017, 10:28:01 PM »
We stayed at Ft Mead when we took the grandkids to 6 Flags. Very nice FamCamp. $50 a night FH.

The FamCamp at Andrews AFB is an option.. 5 minutes from the Metro. FH, Quiet, clean and secure ?
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« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2017, 04:36:28 AM »
The FamCamp at Andrews AFB is an option.. 5 minutes from the Metro. FH, Quiet, clean and secure ?

Andrews FamCamp is under renovation and the screwed up the contract so it's iffy if you can get in. It is much cheaper than Ft Mead though.

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #38 on: November 14, 2017, 05:17:37 AM »
I think one thing thatís gets lost in these type of conversations is that RVing is also a lifestyle choice. While I too do not want to pay more to stay at a particular campground, I believe there is value in living in my own house so to speak and not just a room that has been shared by others.
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« Reply #39 on: November 14, 2017, 10:05:32 AM »
I think one thing thatís gets lost in these type of conversations is that RVing is also a lifestyle choice. While I too do not want to pay more to stay at a particular campground, I believe there is value in living in my own house so to speak and not just a room that has been shared by others.
Some times it is good to save money. Some times all the added aggravation trying to live on the cheap is not worth the little money saved. :))
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« Reply #40 on: November 14, 2017, 11:34:38 AM »
We stayed at the Washington DC/Capital KOA some years ago but it's a bit of a hike. It's in Millersville MD about 30 minutes from the nearest Metro stop (they offer a shuttle to DC as well). Might be an option if you don't mind staying a little further away. Prices appear to be about the same, though - from $82 to $99 per night.
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« Reply #41 on: November 14, 2017, 06:43:55 PM »
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Some times it is good to save money. Some times all the added aggravation trying to live on the cheap is not worth the little money saved. :))
In this particular discussion I don't think we're talking about a little money. $70 a night vs $47 or even $10 per night for 14 nights adds up. A savings of $322 to $840
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« Reply #42 on: November 14, 2017, 07:49:41 PM »
I live 25 miles South of Washington DC.  The entrance to the campground at Prince William Forest National Park  is on Hwy 234 (Dumfries Road) only about 2 miles west of Interstate 95.  If you have a senior pass (age 62 I think) the campsites should only cost $14.00 a night or so.  I think they have water and electric.   Look them up on RecreationdotGov.

The nearest metro station is at Franconia Springfield about 15 miles north.  Avoid the north and southbound rush hours or it will take you an hour or more to get there.   If you take the Hot Lanes (EZ Pass) it could easily cost $20 each way.  By the time you are through you will be paying as much as if you paid for the $70.00 sites. 

No matter where you camp taking the metro is the way to go if you can.   It will significantly lower your stress level in the city and take you about anywhere you want to go.  You will need the same "smart card" for the parking most of the time.  The costs are modest.  The metro staff at the gates will assist you in setting that all up if you need it.

I find driving on the Interstates in this part of the country to be less stressful from the second lane from the right.  This gets you away from the traffic merging onto the Interstate.   

DC is a wonderful place to visit and especially so if you can do it in the Springtime while the Cherry Blossom festival is on. 

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Re: Washington DC Campgrounds
« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2017, 08:58:01 AM »
There was no crime there when we hosted. There is a police station right at the entrance. We called them once about an abandoned car in the four months we were there.

I had no problem staying there, but my daughter and SIL say it's not the best neighborhood and a woman was killed there a few weeks after I was there in 2015.   Everyone has warned about ticks also, but I never saw one. 

I did feel quite safe with the police station at the entrance, however. 
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