Great American Campout Events at Maryland State Parks

The Maryland Park Service has teamed with the National Wildlife Federation to celebrate the Great American Campout on June 27, 2015 with events at six State Parks. Refer to the complete list below. The cost of each event varies and all proceeds support nature education programs.

On June 27 thousands of people across the nation will participate in The Great American Campout as they gather in backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks for a one-night event that encourages a new generation to explore the wonders of nature and have fun participating in a classic, family-friendly outdoor activity known as camping.

Kids in tentMaryland State Parks invites you to join them for a night under the stars at one of their fabulous facilities listed below. No previous camping experience required! They'll provide family-friendly activities, along with some fun giveaways from National Wildlife Federation.

Great American Campout at Sandy Point State Park

Bring your family to camp at Sandy Point State Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay for our annual Backyard Campout! Exciting campout activities include games for the entire family, nature crafts, a campfire with s'mores. Don't miss out on this great adventure! Check-in begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Check-out is 10 a.m. on Sunday. Camping in tents only and reservations are required.
Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday
Where: Anne Arundel County - 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409
Cost: $25/family (up to six people); includes entrance into the day-use area on both Saturday and Sunday
All Ages
Contact: Rob Jones
Phone: 410-974-2149
Website: Sandy Point State Park

Great American Campout at Cunningham Falls State Park

If you and your family have never been camping before, then this is the campout for you. Join Cunningham Falls State Park staff and volunteers for an evening of fun and outdoor learning in our Camping 101 experience. The campout will be held in the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park located off of US 15 just south of Thurmont. Participants will learn how to start a campfire, pitch a tent, cook a campfire classic meal, and s'mores. Space is limited. First time family campers only. Families will need to bring their own camping equipment and supplies.
Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 3 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday
Where: Frederick County - 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Cost: Free
All Ages
Contact: Alicia Norris
Phone: 301-271-3676
Website: Cunningham Falls State Park

Great American Campout at Fair Hill NRMA

Bring your family to the McCloskey primitive campsite and pitch a tent under the stars. Campers are responsible for bringing their own equipment and food. Pavilion, charcoal grill and port-o-let available. To register and pay for your campout: by credit card call the Fair Hill office at 410-398-1246 to pay by phone. By check: mail a check payable to Fair Hill NRMA in the amount of $10 to Fair Hill NRMA, 300 Tawes Drive, Elkton MD 21921. Write "GABC" on the check and include a note with your group name and number of people in your party.
Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 3 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday
Where: Cecil County - From parking lot #3 (North Appleton Lot, 2895 North Appleton Road, Elkton MD 21921) follow the signs for the Great American Backyard Campout at the McCloskey Youth Campsite.
Cost: $10/family
All Ages
Contact: Leslie Leader
Phone: 410-398-1246
Website: Fair Hill NRMA

Great American Campout at New Germany State Park

Celebrate the experience of a campout at this community campfire program located at the Nature Center at New Germany State Park. Retired forest manager Champ Zumbrun will be sharing campfire songs and stories. Stick around the s'mores.
Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Garrett County - see directions. From Baltimore: West on I-70 to Hancock. Pick up I-68 and travel trhough Cumberland, Maryland. Continue west to Exit 22. Turn left at the end of teh exit ramp onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Turn left and travel two miles to the New Germany State Park entrance on the left. Park headquarters office is on the right before entering the park.
All Ages
Contact: Julia Wieners
Phone: 301-895-5453
Website: New Germany State Park

Great American Campout at Patapsco Valley State Park

Bring your family to camp at Patapsco Valley State Park. Arrival and camp set up starts between noon and 1 p.m. Events for the whole family include a nature hike, Scales and Tales program, and cooking demonstration in a dutch oven. Families will be asked to bring the incredients to prepare a main course or side dish and share. Also enjoy a campfire program, try disc golf and view the stars under the night sky. Reservations are required as space is limited.
Date: June 27, 2015
Time: noon to 10 p.m.
Where: Baltimore County - 1100 Hilton Avenue, Catonsville MD 21228
Cost: Free
All Ages
Contact: Donna Seymour
Phone: 410-465-3287
Website: Patapsco Valley State Park

Great American Campout at Point Lookout State Park

Bring your family to camp at Point Lookout State Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay for our 4th annual Backyard Campout! Activities include a wildlife hike, campfire cookout, guided canoe tour and craft time at the Nature Center.
Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 3 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. on Sunday
Where: St. Mary's County - 11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687
Cost: $10/campsite, additional charges apply for activities
Accessible: Yes; advance notice recommended
All Ages
Contact: Jonas Williams
Phone: 301-872-5688
Website: Point Lookout State Park