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3.6 43
18 Sep - 20 Sep 2020
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Great location if you are looking for something out of the way. Situated in southern Maryland on the Patuxent River near the Chesapeake Bay, about an hour southeast of Washington DC. The area was hit very hard by a storm last year (possibly a tornado) which caused a great amount of damage. Most of it has been cleaned up, but there are still some areas that ware marked off. Pros: Lots to do! Swimming pools and beaches, fishing pier, hiking trails through a nature area, playgrounds, mini-golf (indoor activities suspended because of Covid-19), plenty of room for kids to ride bicycles. Bathhouses are clean and well maintained, but a little dated. Sites have picnic tables and charcoal grills. Staff is friendly and helpful. Cons: The majority of the sites are extremely close together and are back-in sites, which wouldn't be an issue if other campers didn't park their extra vehicles along the narrow roads running through the campground making navigation difficult. Seems to have a significant number of homesteaders with rigs that haven't moved in years, who don't really care how trashy their campsite looks and evidently there is no pressure from the management to do otherwise. Some sites need to have the parking pads graded and additional gravel added to remove the tire ruts that are there. Not the facilities fault, but at one point we had to take our grandchildren and leave the playground because of two teenage delinquents who felt it was OK for them to monopolize the playground and scream vulgarities at each other (we did notice the next day that signs were put up closing the playground a 8 PM and I have to wonder if there was a connection). Tips: The Lodging Office (Check-in) is on the right as entering the gate. If the lodging office is closed, the gate sentry will call the Camp Host who will come meet you and tell you your site number. Do yourself a favor and print a copy of the base map from their website and take it with you. The one we were given was printed on green paper and marked with a green highlighter. Several outstanding seafood restaurants a mile or so down the road on Solomon's Island. To put it bluntly, this place is a diamond in the rough! It has the potential of being a showcase for military recreation centers/campgrounds and with a little work it could easily do that. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely return.
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