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Perched right on the state border of West Virginia and Maryland lies the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The park's headquarters are in Hagerstown, and the park itself is situated about 41 miles away from Frederick. This spectacular park is an ideal spot for camping with an RV when touring the Potomac River region. Ripe in beauty, this park lies along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on the Potomac River. To explore more about this region, search for an RV in Hagerstown and adventure the sights and sounds of the District of Columbia.

C&O Canal National Historical Park was established in 1961 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to neglected areas of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal. When it comes to the list of fun things to do while state park RV camping at C&O Canal National Historical Park, you’ll be stunned. The park has a remarkable trail system, and the canal is a hotbed for angling. Snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing are also popular at the park during winter.

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Getting Outdoors

The best news about the C&O Canal National Historical Park is that C&O Canal and the Potomac River are angling hotspots where anglers can fish for a wide variety of fish. While angling, some of the fish to expect here are white crappie, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. Make sure you obey the fishing regulations of the respective state where you’re fishing.

Thanks to the park's unique terrain, it’s a favorite spot for cross-country skiing during the cold months. Remember to pack your favorite skiing gear in your RV rental and make your winter vacation memorable. If the kids came along, maybe the whole family can enjoy sledding on the amazing slopes. Ice skating and snowshoeing are also common here during winter.

If you’re into hiking, C&O Canal National Historical Park is home to a massive trail system that offers beautiful nature sightings. The easy 4 miles of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail to Great Falls Overlook would be perfect for family and the pets. This trail meanders through beautiful trees and guarantees bird viewing and a fall overlook. The 7.1 miles Billy Goat and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail Loop is popular, but requires much preparation.

Camping at C&O Canal National Historical Park

When you are searching for a spot to camp in an RV near Frederick, Hagerstown/ Antietam Battlefield KOA campgrounds in Williamsport could be a place to consider. The graveled pull-through sites are set in a nice location with impressive river views. Besides full hookups, other amenities include cable TV, WiFi, and a diner serving delicious food. For recreation, guests enjoy canoe rides along the Conococheague Creek. There’s also fishing at the creek as well as hiking and biking paths around the park. Nearby attractions include the Crystal Grottoes Caverns and the Antietam National Battlefield.

Nahkeeta Campsite LLC could also be a nice spot to camp should you prefer camping in the neighboring state of West Virginia. This campground is located right off the highway, so there’s no problem accessing it. The 42 pull-through sites, which are pet-friendly, are suitable if interested in dry camping. Facilities on offer include electric hookups and superb mobile coverage. Harper’s Ferry National Park is a stone’s throw away from this campground. Don't forget to bring along Fido!

Exploring the Area

When your time camping at C&O Canal National Historical Park is almost over, spare a few days and venture into the surrounding areas in search of fun activities. Start your excursion by driving your campervan to the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Here, the whole family can take a guided tour and walk through the history of the actual site of July 9, 1864, Battle of Monocacy in the American Civil War, that saved Washington DC. A short distance away lies the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, which highlights the medical innovations and research during the American Civil.

While in Frederick, wander through Downtown and do some shopping, admire the art, and dine. Take a short drive and spend the rest of the day at the Adventure Park USA amusement park in Monrovia. This family-friendly spot makes everyone feel young at heart playing the arcade games, riding a bumper car, or riding a roller-coaster. For some grown-up fun, leave the kids having fun and hop into Flying Dog Brewery, where you’ll learn the art of brewing beer and enjoy a drink. Take the history of Frederick's home by buying a unique growler at the gift shop in the brewery.

Should time allow, pack up your rental RV and cross the state line and head towards the nearby town of Martinsburg, WV. The whole family will feel right at home at the hands-on play area or watching the puppet shows at the Wonderment Puppet Theater. After a fun time at the theater, take the children to the next door Be-Hive. This local gem teaches the little ones about embracing life principles like banking, marketing, and bakery.

Point your Martinsburg camper towards the For the Kids, By George Children’s Museum. This historical museum displays the history and the impact of George Washington and his life as a young surveyor in the Eastern Panhandle. Visitors also get an insight into Washington’s travels and the rich railroad history of the area. If you’ve got some time left, spend a few hours at the Belle Boyd House museum. End your tour of Martinsburg by taking some memorable photos of the historic Martinsburg Roundhouse.

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