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Where to Camp or Park Your RV Near DC

Updated: September 1, 2023

The Washington D.C. area is a popular stop on road trips, but finding somewhere to camp or park an RV can be a challenge.

Here are a few locations where you can find parking or a place to stay.

Cherry Hill Park

Cherry Hill Park is the most popular campground in the DC Area.

Open year-round, this site features wifi, full RV hookups, and other onsite amenities.

There are options for getting into the city from the area, including the nearby Metro station at College Park, which is about a ten-minute drive away.

Located just 12 miles outside of downtown Washington DC, Cherry Hill Park is the perfect spot for RV camping.

With over 400 sites and amenities such as a pool and bathhouse, you'll have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Plus, the park offers shuttle service to the nearest Metro station which will take you directly to all the attractions in the city.

Union Station’s Oversized Parking Lot

Navigating the city in an RV is not advised. In some cases, you won't even be allowed to drive there (such as around Capitol Hill)

However, if you are comfortable with urban driving in a large vehicle, you can find parking at Union Station’s oversized parking lot. (as long as you're less than 13')

It is centrally located and you have access to the downtown by foot or bus, Metro, Amtrak, and more.

Find out more about this lot

Greenbelt Campground

Greenbelt Park is another great option for RV camping in Washington DC.

The park is a peaceful oasis just 12 miles outside of the city and offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and even a campground amphitheater for entertainment.

The campsites are primitive, however, so be sure to bring your own water and firewood.

Good for smaller RVs and trailers, there are trails for hiking, showers, campfire rings, and more.

This is a National Park site ( so reservations are required online.

Bull Run Regional Park

It’s generous to say this is close to the city, but there’s so much to do. There’s even a water park. There are full-service RV hookups, too.

You’re also not far from the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, as well as the Manassas Battlefield.

The closest Metro station is Vienna/Fairfax, where the Orange Line will take you right to the heart of downtown D.C.

If you're looking for a camping experience closer to nature, Bull Run Regional Park is the perfect spot.

The park is located 35 miles outside of the city and offers both RV and tent camping.

While the campsite doesn't offer hookups, there are bathhouses with showers and a camp store for any supplies you may need.

Find out more about the Northern Virginia site:

Fort Belvoir Travel Camp

If you are Active Duty, Retired Military, a Reservist, National Guard, DoD Civilian, Installation Contractor, and/or listed in AR215-1, paragraph 7-1 you are eligible to camp at the Fort Belvoir Travel Camp, just outside of Alexandria, VA, and not too far from Washington D.C.

It is open all year round and only 30 minutes from DC,

National Harbor

If parking your RV at a campground isn't your style, National Harbor offers RV parking in their parking garages.

The garages are equipped with hookups and are located just a short distance from all the attractions at National Harbor, including bars, restaurants, and the MGM Grand Casino.

Capitol KOA

Finally, if you're looking for a campground with all the bells and whistles, look no further than Capitol KOA.

Located just 13 miles outside of the city, Capitol KOA offers amenities such as a pool, hot tub, and even a dog park for your furry companion.

Plus, the campground offers shuttle service to the nearest Metro station which will take you directly to all the attractions in the city.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Follow On Instagram | I'm a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. I have written for HuffPost Travel and have been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. I've also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. I am the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. I am an authority on D.C. history, and have led tours in the city since 2011. I currently resides in DC, but have also lived in London and South Korea, and have traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. I homeschool my 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC. Read More...
Updated: September 1st, 2023
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