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Although the area had settlers, who farmed and hunted, the town of Emmitsburg, MD, didn’t form until William Emmit built a home and a tavern/inn in 1785. Once the inn was established alongside a major route, a town sprang up around it. A few short years later, after the Revolutionary War ended, a Catholic missionary Reverend Jean Dubois built a church, and later, a seminary. Elizabeth Ann Seton joined the flocks and established a convent. Many years later, Sister Seton was the first American to be canonized and become a saint. She is known as a patron saint of seafarers and widows.

Emmitsburg gained a little attention during the Civil War due to it being situated right on the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania (which would become known as the Mason-Dixon Boundary). Although there were no formal battles in the town, there were a few minor skirmishes. Half of the town burned to the ground in 1863, and historians suspect it was started by a Union sympathizer to prevent the Confederates from setting up camp in the town or raiding their stores.

The Great Outdoors

Being right on the border of Pennsylvania-Maryland, visitors have access to a bounty of natural parks. Pure wilderness right at the doorsteps. When you rent a motorhome in Emmitsburg, MD, it's easy to explore the pristine wilderness. Just a few miles to the south is the Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Fall State Park. The two parks combined cover about 10,000 acres of land. There are over 30 miles of multi-use trails, ideal for hiking and biking. The lower elevations are suitable for horseback riding, as well. The waterfall, though no Niagara, will delight any landscape photographer. Mature oaks and maples blaze orange and red in autumns, setting a pastoral scene.

To the northwest, a few miles past Gettysburg, the Caledonia State Park, Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux State Forest altogether covers around 100,000 acres of land, following the South Mountain Ridge. A portion of the Appalachian Trail, which stretches over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, travels through these parks. Dubbed the “Cradle of Forestry,” the National Forest agency was founded here to manage this stretch of woodlands. Hike, bike, horseback ride through hundreds of miles of trails that wind through pristine woods, open meadows, and around small lakes. During the appropriate, designated seasons, hunting is allowed, provided that hunters have the appropriate license and permits. Bring your Emmitsburg camper rental because camping is encouraged, and some campgrounds have hookups.

RV Parks

When you rent an RV in Emmitsburg, be sure to scope out a few campgrounds beforehand. Although this area is rural, street parking is still discouraged. Both of the larger state parks and state forests in Maryland and Pennsylvania have campgrounds with hookups and restroom facilities. Owen’s Creek Campground, for example, is at the northern end of Catoctin Mountain, near Sabillasville, MD. Heads up: the max length for RVs and trailers is 22 feet.

Marsh Creek of Gettysburg Campground is on the southern outskirts of Gettysburg, on the banks of Marsh Creek. Though the creek isn’t deep enough for boats, kayaking and canoeing are possible in spring and early summer. Aside from 30/50 amps hookups, amenities are basic.

Exploring the City

Renting a luxury motorhome in Emmitsburg makes perfect sense. It’s a central spot in between the major cities: roughly 75 miles from there to Lancaster, PA, Baltimore, or Washington, DC, and about 50 miles to Harrisburg. Gettysburg is conveniently close, too.

Gettysburg, as most Americans know, is the site of a major battle that was the turning point of the Civil War. In addition to self-guided tours, the park also has guided tours led by highly trained history experts. The Gettysburg Museum has thousands of artifacts from the battle on display. Locals say that on early misty mornings, ghostly figures wander around the battlefield, calling for help. Spirits that look suspiciously like women in nursing garbs dash around the rear lines, eternally searching for the wounded. Unsurprisingly, there are ghost tour agencies who will gently explain who they think these lost souls are along with the history of the fateful day.

Emmitsburg has its share of ghosts and spirits. The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton offers living history tours of the grounds. The demonstrators spin a haunting tale of Seton’s life and struggles, and how her faith carried her through the dark days.

The city is also where National Firefighters train to combat wildfires and residential fires. On the grounds is the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which is accessible to the public. The stone monument lists all the firefighters who perished in the line of duty. Nearby, the Frederick Firefighter Museum displays artifacts and tools used by firefighters over the past two centuries. The museum has a genuine fire engine that was first put into use in 1764.

At the end of a long day of exploring and adventuring, stop in at Rube’s Crab Shack. A no-frills pub, it has operated since the late 1960s and is a local favorite. The seafood is imported straight from the closest Chesapeake Bay harbor, as fresh as possible, and steamed on-site. Your Emmitsburg RV rental will grant you an adventure of a lifetime!

RV Rentals in Emmitsburg, MD

Emmitsburg, MD is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Emmitsburg. Outdoorsy's Emmitsburg RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Emmitsburg, MD

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Catoctin Mountain Park - Thurmont Vista Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Thurmont Vista Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Catoctin Mountain Park - Charcoal Trail Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Hog Rock Nature Trail Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Cat Rock Trail Cunningham Falls State Park, MD
Cunningham Falls to Hog Rock Vista to Blue Ridge Summit Loop Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Falls Nature Trail Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
Strawberry Hill Nature Trail Fairfield, PA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Gettysburg Campground Adams County, PA
Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA Adams County, PA
Granite Hill Camping Resort Adams County, PA
Drummer Boy Camping Resort Adams County, PA
Round Top Campground Adams County, PA
Mountain Creek Campground Adams County, PA
Gettysburg Farm RV Campground York County, PA
Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA Washington County, MD
Brunswick Family Campground Frederick County, MD
Dogwood Acres Campground Cumberland County, PA

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Recommendations for Emmitsburg, MD from Outdoorsy Owners


There are a number of campgrounds around Gettysburg. We love checking out the battlefields, monuments, and the visitor's center. Also, many eating places, interesting shops, and tours in town.

Mar 12, 2018

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