From Washington: Take Interstate 495 to Exit 11A. Follow Route 4 south for approximately 75 miles. Navy Recreation Center Solomons is in Solomons, Md., on the right-hand side just before the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Trip time is about 1-1/2 hours. ---- From Baltimore: Take Interstate 695 to Route 3 South. Route 3 will turn into Route 301 South. Take Route 4 South. Follow Route 4 South for approximately 50 miles. Navy Recreation Center Solomons is in Solomons, Md., on the right-hand side just before the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Trip time is approximately 2-1/2 hours. ---- From Virginia Beach: Take Route 44 West to Interstate 64 West. Take exit on to J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Route 17 North. Follow 17 until you reach Port Royal; turn right on to Route 301 North. Cross the Potomac River via the Harry W. Nice Bridge, continue traveling north on Route 301 for approximately five miles. Turn right on to Route 234 (Budds Creek); follow for approximately 35 miles. Route 234 turns into MD Route 5 (Leonardtown, MD). Follow Route 5 South through Leonardtown. Turn left on to Route 4 North, cross the Patuxent River via the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Navy Recreation Center Solomons is in Solomons, Md., on the left-hand side of Route 4 North, approximately 1/2 mile past the bridge. Trip time is approximately 4 hours.
Navy Recreation Center Solomons, P. O. Box 147, 13855 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688
Personnel serving in the uniformed services including active duty, reserve, delayed entry, allied foreign nationals (with security clearance), military national guard, retired military, 100% disabled veterans, active and retired Department of Defense personnel, and family members who carry a uniformed services identification card, DoD identification badge, or other documentation which indicates proof of eligibility in accordance with BUPERS Instruction 1710.11C. ID card must be presented at check-in.
Required with full payment within 60 days. Solomons allots seasonal sites via a fairly complicated priority eligibility/length of reservation system - starts with active duty and on down to retired military and DoD civilians. Priority also uses length of reservation requested i.e. those want an annual site get 1st priority; then those wanting e.g. 3 months and down to 1 month. Many choice sites are locked in for annuals/seasonal, but they keep a certain number of sites open for short-term reservations. Staff extremely helpful and always willing to work with campers on site selection.
Free WiFi available (reported as unreliable). Private WiFi also available from local vendor, but expensive - about $45 per month.
7 day stay limit Apr 1 - Oct 15. Prices vary based on accommodation, length of stay, and season. Higher rates for civilians in peak season. The activity pass which comes with each paid site provides free access to pools, mini-golf, gear, etc. Contact Solomons for a Rec Center Book; it is very informative with lots of pictures and prices for everything.
Big Rig Friendly?
Recreational facilities, such as picnic pavilions, the Adventure Zone Recreation Center, a 124-slip marina with boat rentals, fishing pier, swimming pools, beach miniature golf, driving range, basketball courts and tennis courts are just a few of the recreational amenities available.
Welcome to beautiful and inviting Navy Recreation Center (NRC) Solomons. The scenic vistas of the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay are a part of daily life here, and a big reason why this has proven to be a popular and most-sought after location for vacations for our proudly serving military members and their families for years.
Nestled on a peninsula bounded by the picturesque Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay in an area you'll soon agree is aptly called "the land of pleasant living," the bay and its rivers play an influence on the local lifestyle, including the choice in leisure pursuits.
Do not attempt to get in here with anything larger than a pop up camper because you will scrape your rig on all of the overgrown trees. At our site, we found a dirty diaper and trash everywhere. The grass looks very overgrown, and the place looks more of a very poor, destitute trailer park than a vacation spot. No wifi, poor water pressure, and not, repeat, not kid friendly. No activities, and the whole place needs a lot of work. The staff was really friendly though. Will not be returning. Mowing crew left grass all over walking path, and multiple "homesteaders" made it nearly inaccessible even in the off season. These long timers had their rusty junk all strewn about really making the place look scary.
Stayed here a full week to visit family in the area and it worked out just great. Family members were allowed to come into the campground with no hassle at all. Very neat Air Museum just outside the Pax River Naval Air Station gate. An hour and a half ride to get to DC to see a baseball game. Wifi for $14.95 a week worked pretty well. We found the folks in the office to be very helpful in making our reservations a month in advance...for a very busy Labor Day weekend and had ice for $1.25 a bag. We paid $210.00 for 7 nights camping. One hiccup we have never had before .....when we were checking in we were asked for PROOF OF INSURANCE ON THE TRAILER.....I showed her the proof of insurance for the truck and she was ok. Was just a little strange. We will be back when ever we are in the area.
We're spending four days here while visiting with family. We made our reservations by phone and were informed we could only get water/electric. However, when we arrived at the office we were told we could have full hook-ups. Apparently the company the Navy contracts with for reservations doesn't know what is available. The park has a shabby appearance due to the homesteaders - one woman lived here for 17 years before finally being asked to move on. Also, the cherry trees throughout the park can really mess up your rig when they splat on the roof, and they can stain your clothes and carpets. We would stay here again only because it is close to our family.
Stayed here 3 weeks. Very quite and relaxing, right by the water. Campground is vary large, pools, water slides, putter golf, fitness center, fishing pier, & walking trails. Had water & electric hookups at our site. Sewer is available at other sites but none were available the dates we were there. Direct TV, Verizon cell & Internet worked great. Paid $ 18.00 per night. Small exchange on base, but not far from other shopping and dining out. Had laundry by exchange, $1.25 wash & $ 1.25 dry. I would strongly recommend Reservations, this place gets filled up and their are many seasonal campers there. I'm not a numbers rater, either I like a FamCamp or not. Well I like this FamCamp. Will stay here again.
The description of this facility on this website needs to be updated. This facility is located in a beautiful area of Maryland. This facility has potential to be a five-star site if updated. The personnel in check-in office are not well informed as to the operation and amenities of the facility. Wifi is totally unreliable and is only available in certain areas at a cost of $14.99 a week. This is the only military campground we have stayed at that charges for wifi. The bathhouses are old, but clean. They are in need of upgrading. The hook-ups are outdated, rusted, and in need of updating. The reservation process is very complicated and allows for mistakes to be made. There are a very LARGE number of seasonal campers (not on site) which causes a problem for transients.
We stayed for 4 nights around 15 June 2011. I need to address the contractors that do the mowing. Every one that I saw operating the mowers had the safety flap that makes sure nothing fly’s out were in the open and up position. They were throwing rocks, etc. and I had to get out of the way when I was walking my dog. I think the practice of mowing like that is very dangerous and is defiantly a safety hazard. Your rules state that there will be no decks, plantings on the long term sites, but there are numerous sites with these decks etc. The rules need to be enforced for all. I do not like to make these complaints but I feel the safety issues really need to be checked out. We try to come down at least every year, it is one of the best camping places to go that we have ever been to.
I did like the campground a lot! My kids loved the pools and the slides. The only problem I had was that we took our dogs with us. We had them tied out right on our spot. That's a no no! Too many old people down there that swear there dogs are human. We had them in the shade with a bowl of water and they are labs. They rarely bark. Old people instead of coming and saying something to us reported us and we got a warning. I tried to call the office to discuss this but nobody ever called us back. We have dogs that are not human and would rather be outside then stuffed in a camper. We have dogs not dogs that think that they are human. They also screwed up when we would be leaving and charged us for it and will not return the fees. Even tho it is there fault. So watch all of this because they do not like to return money to the customer.
The information contained on this web site are very, very out of date. the web site needs information current with existing monetary rates, allowable amount of time on camp sites for RV's as they differ. Cost information is out of date Authorized on site comfort items (Patrons private) is unspecifed yet there are numerous items not authorized and patrons are required too comply with those directives. There is no booklet to request which outlines opeations and procedures as in the past yet listed as an option on this web site. Water problems: $38.00 high tech water filters do not remove the chlorine smell or taste.. current storage information is inadequate for RV's. Extreme non-compliance to current directives by some campers needs to be explored. 2010 was the most unfavorable experiance I have had in my 29 years of camping here. Actions and attitudes of persons overall in charge were unacceptable and un warranted. I hope the actions of the past can be errased by positive actions in the future. Current up dates are needed if the web site is to become viable. I see on the web site, This Rec Center is listed as the best kept secret of camp grounds/Rec Centers in general. Wishing this location growth and prosperity.
Solomons Island was a wonderful place to stay to visit throughout Maryland and DC. The facilities were clean and neat as they should be and staff pleasant and knowledgeable of the area. The price seemed high compared to other bases. They do not have cement pads or cable which for the price I believe they should.
As others have indicated, the pricing has recently been increased. In discussions with other long term campers, most find the staff somewhat inflexible. My personnel experience was positive in all respects. The fishing pier is showing signs of wear and will require upkeep in the near future. I found the overall experience pleasant and would come back to stay if I found myself in this area. The sites are somewhat close together but not to the point of being "too" small.
We were assigned to site F28 and found the area in great shape, i.e., clean, mowed, etc. The new rates seem steep for a military facility, but the amenities make up for the rate. However, many sites were vacant...unusual for this area. Is this due to the increased rates for these sites? The fishing pier needs a lot of maintenance work as it is showing wear. One bank of lights were out due to a short circuit. Overall, my experience was excellent, as the young people working there were very positive and helpful.
Hopefully, the management will spend time and energy in planning and executing upgrades and maintenance to the facility.
After reading previous entries I was prepared for the worst but we were pleasantly surprised with the entire facility. The RV site we stayed at and all the surrounding pads looked great. Nice, clean and everything appeared to be in good shape. The bathroom facilities were kept clean and considering they have been in use for so many years they were well maintained. The fishing peer has not changed much over the years and continues to be a great place to try and catch a few fish or crabs (still not running). Not sure if the last reviewer caught the end of Winter before the base had a chance to ramp up for Spring/Summer but during peak season everything on-base was excellent. We just love the area and have been coming here for years.
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Well I am back again and I must say things are getting worse at this facility. The grounds are totally neglected - if someone didn't know better they would think it was an abandoned campground. The grass and weeds are totally out of control - looks like nothing has been cut since last summer - just plain awful. The entire facility has been undergoing change - full time residents all moved into one area and made to move - this is good as it has freed up the "F" area - right now there are only 6 campers there - the sites haven't been cleaned up as there is wood, broken stepping stones and other items left behind. I cut the grass on the site I am staying at because I couldn't find my dog when he went out side the weeds are so tall and deep. Come on NDW or PAX River get this place cleaned up!!!! New cabins have been built on the site so money obviously isn't a problem - looks like management of this facility is just plain not doing their job. Too bad - my guess is the Navy will lose this place to the state of Maryland before long - then all military members will lose. Oh yeah - all this and the rates have gone up too!!!!
We stay here twice a year when transiting from Florida to Maine - previously lived in the area before full-timing and after retiring from Navy. Let me say I like this CG very much but don't like what is happening to it - I recommend it to everyone that asks - and this could be one of the best military campgrounds any where but it is turning into a slummy trailer park. It looks like short comings are addressed in some random way - some people have to take down fences around their camper yet some keep boats (against rules) next to their camper along with 40 or 50 gallons of gas in containers. People leave their campers for months at a time and the weather tears up tents and covered patios - not to mention that many of the "full time residents" put up those tacky white rooms or even garages. The fire boxes have had a "not operational" sign on them for the past 3 years - hope nothing burns. This place makes money for MWR and obviously needs management that knows what it is doing. I was active duty at NDW and visited the rec center many times with the Admiral that had oversight and it was never in this condition. We stay here due to close proximity of family - the area is beautiful - someone needs to kick this place in line.
The check-in at the RV office is very organized but make sure you have your RV proof of insurance handy because they want that to make a copy of. First time we've ever been asked for that to camp. I thought the $37 a day fee was quite high. We didn't use the pool or any of the other activities that go along with the passes they give you or it might have been a better bargain. We visited the NAS which is about a 20 min drive and went to the BX. There is a tiny mall inside also. There is a library on base but it was closed at 2pm on the Friday we were there so we didn't get to check it out. It is not open on weekends. No diesel on base. Only 3 fast food joints inside the NEX and I wouldn't recommend them. I concur with the person who posted previous that the Spyros Bagel place next to the nearby Food Lion is WONDERFUL. We were in C loop and it was fine. I didn't see anything to make me think it was "trashed" like the previous post. Verizon air card got a very powerful signal but there is NO TV that you can get with an antenna--not one station--really surprised me. It is close to a beach (within walking distance) but there is no sand-just dirt, and even though we were there at 11:30 in Aug, there was no lifeguard present, so that means no going in the water. The laundry was ok. There are 5 washers and 5 dryers and they're all $1.50 ea. No a/c so if you're doing your laundry in summer, prepare to sweat. There is a tiny book/magazine exchange in the laundry room.
Great campground and a lot of fun! My lower marks were due to being winter time and not much open and what was open at the Recreation Center needed upkeep. The putt putt golf course was open, but needed maintenance and most of the games in the game room were inoperable. We were in the F Loop and we really like it. The other loops really do look slummy. I don't know why when folks full time in a campground they let their areas get so trashy, but the A, B, C, & G areas are trashed and something should be done to force people to clean up their areas.
Great Place!! We have come here often and enjoyed each time. HOWEVER, unless you enjoy frustration, I DO NOT recommend signing up for the local commercial wifi. It is expensive (7.95 daily/15.95 weekly) and, in my opinion, very unsat, i.e. 1st day it worked slow but okay; 2nd day it was slow and kept disconnecting (called provider and was told "we know about the problem and a tech will be working on it in morning") 3rd day we couldn't get connected (called provider and was told "the tech is trying to find a connector to accomplish the repair") 4th day it was slow and kept disconnecting. On the 4th day I was told by the provider " it must be BOTH of your computers that are the problem. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Oh by the way, our laptop works fine everywhere else!
We really enjoyed our vacation with the grandson. It is great to have a nice clean facility to ride bikes, fish, swim and just enjoy. Caught lots of fish off of the pier. The pool with the slides was the grandson's most enjoyment. We are going back for another week before the summer is over.
Excellent campground with plenty of summer activities. I especially enjoyed the outdoor concerts on weekends. Many campers live there full-time. Campground has a fishing pier, boat dock, swimming pool, and beach. Nearby Solomon's Island offers excellent night-life with many restaurants and clubs. I'd easily consider this campground high-end on quality and value for your money.
Solomon Island Navy Rec Center is a fantastic place to camp for anyone - from big rigs to travel trailers, to those who want to stay in on-base apartments or houses / bungalows / huts / yurts. Our favorite place to go with a large travel trailer is the
"F-section," as the sites are very spacious and all have full hookups. Those sites are hard to get though, unless you reserve well in advance or call for an "off-weekend." Next best is "C-section," which is another distinct area of the campground. Typically has full hookups as well, but the site are not as spacious. Some spots are good for big rigs, but not all. You can ask at the desk. Most folks there know what size campers fit where. Last on the list of priorities is "G-section," which is comparable to European style campgrounds. Your camper is 10 feet from the next one, with enough room for slides to go out and doors to open, and a place to park your vehicle. All those spots (with very few exceptions) have only water / electric. On base, during the summer, there is putt putt golf, four swimming pools (2 with slides, 1 kiddie pool, 1 4 foot deep pool), a driving range, game room, workout room (year round), beach, kayak rental, pontoon boat rental, marina, fishing pier, and a beach you can bring dogs too as well. This is a great place to let the kids roam or ride thier bikes without worry. Bath houses are very well maintained. The bath house in F section is nicest, but those in C / F are good too. There is no place on the navy rec center to cash checks or buy things (except ice at the marina, which is a dollar for a 7 lb bag), but there is a Food Lion 2 minutes from the gate, and a fantastic bagel store right next to it that is open early every day of the week. Patuxent Naval Air Station is about 20 minutes away. The front desk crew is very friendly, and they will place you on a waiting list if you ask, in case sites are not available. You can ask for specific sites - by number, and by section. They do a lottery early in the year - priority to active duty, then retired and DoD civilians. There are a LOT of full timers there - some who have been there all 4 years we have been going. They do make them move around to new spots each year, and it seems pretty fair the way they do the lottery system. We highly recommend this place to anyone who has not been.