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Covering over 1800-acres of pristine parkland, Rock Creek Regional Park welcomes you on a motorhome camping trip. Located in the state of Maryland in Rockville, the park is home to the scenic Lake Needwood, spread over 75-acres, and the smaller Lake Frank at about 55-acres, both forks of Rock Creek. And not just lakes; Rock Creek Regional Park is known for its woodlands that offer fantastic hiking trails, a variety of resident wildlife, and the Meadowside Nature Center, attractions that are ideal for outdoor recreationists. Camping at Rock Creek Regional Park is a delight for anglers and water lovers as the lakes offer great fishing, boating, and water sports.
Renting an RV is a convenient way of accessing the park, and you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Montgomery County. Not too far away is the US state capitol, Washington, DC, and the city of Baltimore. While you’re at Rock Creek Regional Park, there are lots to immerse yourself in when it comes to outdoor recreation. Come with plenty of time in hand and leave refreshed and energized!
RV camping at Rock Creek Regional Park is ideal if you want to spend time indulging in water-based activities. Fishing is enjoyable at both Lake Needwood and Lake Frank. Cast a line for largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and trout, among other fish species. Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes, and you could opt for shoreline fishing or boat fishing. Remember to carry a valid Maryland fishing license.
Bring your kayaks, canoes, rowboats, pedal boats, or pontoon boats to enjoy boating at the park. If you don’t have your watercraft, boat rentals are available at Lake Needwood Boat House. There is an ADA accessible boat dock that provides easy access to the lake. If you’re keen on a more relaxing experience, sign up for a pontoon tour aboard the Needwood Queen that takes you around the lake. The 20-minute boat tour is a good idea if you want to check out some wildlife around the lake.
Camping with an RV is a good idea for hikers and mountain bikers keen on exploring the scenic trails within the park. With 13 miles of hiking trails through the park, it’s a great way to explore the flora and fauna of the area. The Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail extends into the neighboring District of Columbia.
Check out the Meadowside Nature Center, a great stop for the entire family. The center runs interpretive programs on the natural and cultural history of the area through several displays, exhibits, naturalist-led programs, and talks.
Whether you plan to rough it out in a tent or rent a camper near Rock Creek Regional Park, you’ll find several campgrounds equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Little Bennett Campground in Clarksburg has 91 campsites and a host of amenities, including pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, dump station, central water spigot, WiFi, and cell phone coverage. Campers have access to restrooms, shower stalls, laundry facilities, a camp store for last-minute camping essentials, and picnic shelters. Let the kids have a blast in the playground, explore recreational trails around the campground, or make use of the recreation room. There is golf for those keen on teeing off, and outdoor courts as well.
As you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Rock Creek Regional Park, drive to Cherry Hill Park in College Park. The campground has 350 campsites and offers features like pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, dump station, water, sewer, WiFi, public phone, cable television, and cell phone coverage. Make use of restrooms, shower stalls, laundry facilities, camp store, a designated pet area for your furry friends, café, clubhouse, and picnic shelters. Kids will love a splash about in the swimming pool, while you can enjoy a round of mini-golf or a game at the outdoor courts.
Baltimore is located about 38 miles from Rock Creek Regional Park and worth a visit when you’re in the area on your RV rental vacation. This independent city has several claims to fame, including being the birthplace of the US national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’
Art lovers can’t miss a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art. Located in downtown Baltimore, it is the largest art museum in the state with over 95,000 pieces of artwork, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Andy Warhol, and Cezanne. The museum is known for its exhibits that cover art from different parts of the world.
Time your visit to Baltimore on a game day and catch a baseball game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Stroll through Inner Harbor, one of the most important seaports in the entire country. Located alongside the Chesapeake Bay, the harbor is lined with several city attractions like the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center.
For stunning views of Inner Harbor and the city of Baltimore, head up to Federal Hill. Climb up the stairs or hike up the hill – whichever way you choose to reach the top, you’ll be greeted with the finest city views.
Baltimore has a long list of must-haves in the city when it comes to eating out. From steamed blue crabs to crab cakes, Berger’s cookies to crab mac and cheese dogs, Baltimore is known for its unique foods. Restaurants, local eateries, pubs, bars, bakeries, and food trucks are available in plenty, for that perfect dining experience.
Pick up supplies for the road from a local convenience store and fill up your rental RV at a gas station before you hit the road to your next destination.