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The quaint bayside town of Shady Side, Maryland is situated just east of Washington D.C. and a short drive south of Baltimore. Its proximity to two of the biggest cities in the U.S. makes Shady Side the perfect place for a quiet getaway to reconnect with nature. Settled by Virginia puritans in 1649, Shady Side and the surrounding Anne Arundel County are perfect for history buffs looking to rent an RV in this scenic region of Maryland.

Visitors of Shady Side can enjoy views across the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S. and the third biggest in the world. Campers can also enjoy the nearby nature reserves, which include different terrains such as wetlands and woodlands. When you rent an RV in Shady Side, you'll be able to enjoy the natural wonders of the area while experiencing a slice of America's colonial history.

The Great Outdoors

One of the biggest attractions, and what makes Shady Side a popular place to rent an RV, is its location on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. For anybody who enjoys water sports, fishing, or hiking, Shady Side is the ideal spot. With over 350 species of fish and over 100 species of birds, there's plenty to see and do for wildlife enthusiasts.

If you're looking for something a bit different when you book an RV in Shady Side, the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary near Lothian offers miles of boardwalk over marshy waters, full of a wide array of rare wildlife including sanddragons and bald eagles. If walking isn't your thing, guided boat trips on kayaks or canoes are also available, offering unique insight into the area's ecosystem. However, activities such as fishing and water sports in the area are limited due to Jug Bay's sanctuary status.

In the nearby resort town of Mayo is the Beverly Triton Nature Park, which is ideal for those looking to enjoy a more relaxed vacation. Visitors can picnic on the beach and soak up the sun. They can even bring their leashed four-legged friend along for some fun. There are also walking trails if you want to do some exploring with your pup.

RV Parks

There are few places nearby where you can set up camp with the Shady Side campervan rental. One of the nearest options is Duncan's Family Campground. This campground is run by Adventure Bound Camping Resorts, which manages various campgrounds throughout the East Coast. Located in nearby Lothian, this campground offers full hookups, Wi-Fi access, and an on-site swimming pool and play area.

Another option close to the city of Annapolis to the north is Washington D.C./Capitol KOA Campground. This modern campground offers amenities such as Wi-Fi, bike rentals, and a pavilion, as well as all typical home comforts such as 50 amp electrical hookups and firewood for sale on-site. The campground also offers a shuttle tour of nearby Washington D.C. if you're looking to do some traditional sightseeing of the historic city.

Exploring the city

An important tourist attraction and historical building in Shady Side is the Captain Salem Avery Museum. Initially set up by James Avery as a fishermen's club in the 1860s, this two-story house was eventually bought by the local heritage society. They restored it back to its original appearance, and it is now a center for cultural exchange in the area. The museum often hosts art exhibitions for local artists among other events and is well worth a visit when you rent a motorhome in Shady Side.

If you're looking for something exciting and family-friendly, the water park in Chesapeake Beach is worth a visit and is located just south of Shady Side. This relatively small water park offers plenty to do. Kids can play in the splash pools and ride the slides, while parents can laze under cabanas while having a bite to eat or cool off by drifting down the lazy river. This is a good excursion if you are visiting the Chesapeake Beach but don't want to swim in the estuary.

With both Washington D.C. and Baltimore within driving distance, there are hundreds of historical sites to explore. You can take a short drive north to Annapolis' Historic District and visit Maryland State House and the surrounding colonial architecture. Campers can also visit the Annapolis Naval Academy, which is open to the public, offering a peek into the area's rich maritime history, providing insight into the Navy's past, present, and future. Annapolis was one of the first cities in the U.S. to become a National Landmark Historic District, and it's easy to see why.

RV Rentals in Shady Side, MD

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

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

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Nearby to Shady Side are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Shenandoah National Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Great Falls Park, and Lehigh Gorge State Park.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail Syria Virginia
Great Falls Loop Trail McLean Virginia
Maryland Heights Loop Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Tucquan Glen Loop Trail Pequea Pennsylvania
Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail McLean Virginia
Billy Goat Trail Loop Potomac Maryland
Annapolis Rock Trail Boonsboro Maryland
Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail Dickerson Maryland
Cascade Falls and Rootball Loop Trail [CLOSED] Elkridge Maryland
Avalon Loop Trail Baltimore Maryland

Nearby Dumpstations

Whole Foods Market

1440 P St. NW Washington, DC 20005
8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (S)

Dpc Emergency Equipment

335 Strauss Ave., From the north, Rt. 1 south to Dover, Rt. 8 west to Marydel, turn right on Firehouse Lane. Dealership across from the stopsign. From the south, Rt. 13 north to Dover, Rt. 8 west to Marydel, turn right on Firehouse Lane. Dealership across Marydel, DE 19964
Chassis repair, Freightliner (SR)

Whole Foods Market

2201 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20037
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (S)

Home Depot

901 Rhode Island Ave Washington, DC 20018
(S)

Trader Joes Washington DC

1101 25th Street NW Washington, DC 20037
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (S)

Whole Foods Market

2323 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20007
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (S)

Coxs RV Repair

11903 Eckert Acres Road Bridgeville, DE 19933
(SR)

Whole Foods Market

4530 40th Street NW Washington, DC 20016
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (S)

Target

3100 14th St NW Washington, DC 20010
(S)

Costco

2441 Market St NE Washington DC, DC 20018

Nearby Campgrounds

The National Zoo

attraction Washington, DC
The zoo is home to over 1,800 animals from 300 different species. The most famous residents are the giant pandas, but you can also visit the great apes, big cats, Asian elephants, amphibians, reptiles, birds and others. Make sure to visit the Think Tank exhibition, which educates visitors about animals? complex cognitive abilities, you can learn how orangutans think and how they use memory to make decisions. There are plenty of other exhibitions where you can get up close to the animal keepers and meet the residents of the zoo.

National Aquarium

attraction Baltimore, MD
The aquarium has more than 17,000 specimens and is one of the best aquariums in the U.S. You can learn and explore the exciting exhibitions such as the 4D immersion theater, or check out the Australia exhibition which won an award in 2008, you can also travel to the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, or to the Atlantic Coral Reef.

Washington D.C. Capital KOA

campground Millersville, MD
Stay close to three bustling cities, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C. And once you?re tired of the urban, you can find rustic landscapes at this park. This quiet camp is nestled on 50 acres of rolling countryside. As with all KOA parks this one has all the family fun thing you should want for your RV rental trip.

William Paca House and Garden

attraction Annapolis, MD
A colonial house that has been restored and shows the life of a lawyer that lived in the 18th century and signed the Declaration of Independence. Take a self-guided tour or a docent led tour and learn how life was for those of the high class in the 1700s.

Cherry Hill RV Park

campground College Park, MD
Easy access for novice RV rental drivers and tons of fun for the family this is the go to RV park within easy reach of Annapolis. Book a shaded site for the summer months and expect the crowds because this park is popular.

Lake Fairfax Campgrounds

campground Reston, VA
A very popular community park book your site early for your RV rental trip. Lots of fun for the family this park has all the fun you need in an affordable package. Most of the RV sites are in the open and easy to access in your RV rental

Wheaton Regional Park

attraction Silver Spring, MD
Within its 536 acres, you can jog, bike, go horseback riding, have a picnic, fish, ice- skate, play ball or check out the Botanical Garden, at the Brookside Gardens' grounds and conservatory. You could also participate in a nature program and learn about the surroundings.

Quinalt River Inn

campground Washington, DC
Beautiful views of the serene lower Quinalt River grace every location at the Inn. A perfect place to relax after a long day adventuring, Quinalt River Inn is located within walking distance of two charming cafes and a delightful old time general store. If you're more in the mood for a romantic evening, two fine-dining restaurants are a quick five minute drive away.

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