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Rocky Gap State Park


12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone, MD 21530
301.722.1480
No Email Address
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/rockygap.html
5 Reviews
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Well, we went camping despite the forecast for rain. The site is HUGE! We were just up the hill from the bathroom. I've been to several state parks now, and this is by far the one with the largest camp sites. We never felt on top of the other campers, and the amenities were really nice. There was a beach, an aviary, etc...but we didn't get to do much since it rained...ALOT! I would still go back though.

Received from Hoang for visit in Jul 2008


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Stay Again? YES
For a state park this campground is very nice. Sites are big enough for the tenters up to the big rigs. Sites are also shaded and most are surrounded by nature to provide privacy. The beach at the lake are nice for the kids with roped areas and lifeguards. Boat rental, fishing, playgrounds and nature walks and a nature center which will also offer private shows for around $25 and bring the animals to your site. Only one electric loop which fills up fast and the bath houses are in need of an update which I understand are in the works. Friendly staff and hosts who allowed us to use the covered amp theatre for free to host our boys birthday. The lodge has a beautiful golf course and there are seasonal summer activities. Because this campground is near to us we will take a drive thru every once in a while when we don't have the time to camp. Bring your bikes, canoes, and suntan lotion and prepare to relax and have fun.

Received from MALE*RN*777 for visit in 2004


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
We just got back from Rocky Gap last night. Because we were with friends who were tent campers, we stayed in the Understanding the Understory loop. It was WONDERFUL! It was just a short walk to the camp store and beach. We got a pull through and I swear two campers and tow vehicles could have fit in it. It was well-shaded, as was a lot of that loop. I took a walk on the electric loop and there didn't seem to be very many shady sites over there. We were also next to the path to the bath house and water was one site over. We could not hear any construction noise but the road in to the camping area was backed up because of the construction vehicles. Wouldn't have been so bad except the baby had been screaming for 1/2 an hour already!!! Our Dometic refrigerator worked flawlessly on gas and the battery held up for our lights and the water pump. Was starting to dim a bit by the end of our three day stay. If it was much hotter, though, I'd want electric to run fans (we don't have a/c). Fortunately, we lucked out with a heavenly weekend, good shade, and the use of reflective bunkend covers. For anyone who hasn't been there, they have a nice beach and a great swim area for the kids. There is a very shallow area where you can play with your toddler and then a rope defining the deeper area. My kids had a ball swimming and playing in the sand. They have a nice snack shop but there was a huge line - I think they should have a separate line for the hand dipped ice cream. They also have a camp store, which as Dan said is minimal but has the basics. You can buy firewood and propane at the campground. There is also a nice nature center, and much to the kids delight a new arcade. In this same area is a playground, 2 "porch" swings, and a dock where you can rent canoes. however, when Dh tried to rent one they were all booked up for the day. The paths to the beach and store are stone and murder on a regular stroller. Forget about an umbrella stroller. The Instep Everyday Saturn Stroller (like a compact jogging stroller) handled the terrain well but had a bit of trouble on the sand. There is one dump station is on the way out of the campground, across from the office. Trash dumpsters are located near each bath house.

Received from Carole for visit in 2005


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
If you wanna hit the beach without the boardwalk and the Bay Bridge, Rocky Gap is the way to head. Nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, this state park hasa lot to do while still maintaining a naturalistic ambiance. The first time we camped here we were surprised to find that our pull-through site could have fit two campers and tow vehicles. It was well-shaded and an easy walk to the bathhouse. After setting up we took a walk down to the main gathering area which includes the store, small laundry, nature center, small game room, snack shack, and playground. There you will also find the lake with a roped off section for swimming and all the sandy fun of the ocean, just no waves. Nearby there is also a boat launch area where you can rent canoes or launch your own. Gasoline motors are not permitted on the lake. We stayed in the Elm loop but I walked around the Ash (electric loop) several times. Some of those sites are not as well shaded, but some are, and all seem to be an ample size. It is a bit further to walk to the beach from the electric loop. On the other side of the Elm Loop is the Fir Loop. It is also nice for dry camping. Drainage behind some of the cabins gave a babbling brook atmosphere to that section. The other loops may be as nice - those are just the three I tried out. As with all the state parks in Maryland, there was no hook-ups. Water is available at pumps dispersed through each loop and electricity is only available on a limited number of sites. You need an access code to enter the camping area and the rangers patrol often. Camp hosts are located in each loop to assist campers. One of the greatest challenges is getting off Route 68 from the east. You are going D-O-W-N the mountain and suddenly have to exit on a rather short ramp and come to a stop - not good on the trailer breaks. But the views and tranquility are worth it. And you can't beat the price!

Received from Carole for visit in Aug 2003


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Nice large, very level and very private site, as most sites on this loop were. Short distance to bath house. We were there just after Labor Day weekend and though our loop was full park was relatively empty. Handful of campers at beach, not able to rent boats as staff was at a minimum. We were given plenty of printed information about park and nearby facilities and shopping. Bath house could have been better but it was not too bad. So far this has been my favorite place to stay.

Received from Chris for visit in Sep 2005


Site Number: Dogwood 7
Stay Again? YES



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