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Weekend Crowds - Camping

MES from Arlington, VA on 5/26/2022 8:50:40 AM:
Do June weekends make camping difficult, especially without reservations? Thanks!

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/26/2022 1:12:04 PM:
Not at all. The only one that will likely have more people is Swains Lock because it has car parking and is close to DC. Your typical C&O hiker/biker site is reachable only by foot or bike and most are spacious enough even if others are there, there’s plenty of room. If it was too crowded, there’s always a site down the trail 5-7 miles.

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/26/2022 1:20:20 PM:
This does not include paid sites. I know Antietam Creek is a pay site but also has car camping and I've seen lots of people there.

MES from Arlington, VA on 5/27/2022 10:56:13 AM:
Thanks for the reply. How about Ohiopyle area?

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/27/2022 12:18:02 PM:
The GAP is a different beast as it’s not a national park so not as many Hiker/Biker sites. There are only four free sites and not in Ohiopyle. Ohiopyle might get busy on weekends and the one campground (Kentuck) is up a hill a quarter mile from the trail, paid site. I’ve never stayed but I can’t imagine the campsite fills up. I would still 100% call and reserve a spot on a weekend just to be sure. You have to book through Ohiopyle State Park in advance to ensure availability.