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5 Star Rating  November 3rd, 2013
My wife and I camped at Janes Island State Park this past September.

The campground is right along the Chesapeake Bay. Across a narrow strip of water is the island. It is mostly made up of tall water grass but parts of it are wooded and accessible by foot. The foot trails are not the main attraction, it is the water trails. Campers and visitors can kayak, canoe, and run small powered craft through miles of natural canals that run into and through the island. A main canal through the middle leads you to a 5 mile long beach facing the bay. A large dock is available for docking and rentals.

Fishing is also good. We both caught Rock Bass and Sea Trout while trolling lures behind our kayaks.

The restrooms are modern and kept reasonably clean. The sites are fairly close together but it didn`t seem crowded. There is a large camp store with concessions near the dock. Tall pine trees keep the grounds shaded. All the campground employees and rangers were friendly and helpful.

We heard that mosquitoes and flies can be bad during the summer months but in late September they were not a problem.

Overall, we had an excellent time at Janes Island and plan to be back again next year.

Janes Island State Park
4 Star Rating  November 23rd, 2012   One of my favorite places to camp in Maryland
I Have camped in Pocomoke only in October and I have to say Autumn is an excellent time to be there.

The sites are well spaced, clean, and the addition of a new Restroom/shower facility makes it even better. Very tall mature pines shade the campground and give a quiet, serene atmosphere.
The nearby river has a large dock for fishing. close to the dock is a large pavilion with a fireplace.
Along the riverside are 8 or so small cabins. There is a playground and a couple of open areas for ball games, frisbee, etc...
Some sites have electric, some do not. I don`t think any have water/cable hookups.

My wife and I hiked one of the trails and it was very nice with easy inclines and mature forest.

I am guessing this park may be a little buggy in the summer but fall was perfectly pleasant and I would expect spring to be the same.

Make sure to bring your canoe/Kayak if you have one. Or drive 6 miles to Snow Hill and rent one. They tow you up river and you paddle back to the rental site. An excellent, easy 2-3 hour trip. I hear that the Shad Landing portion of the park also has boat rentals but haven`t checked it out yet. You have to drive a ways to get there from Milburn.

Overall, My wife and I love this campground and recommend it to anyone who wants to camp in the Eastern Shore.

Pocomoke River State Park
3 Star Rating  October 11th, 2012   Good park to camp in for Baltimore visitors
My wife and I camped in Patapsco State Park in September 2012.

It is on the edge of Baltimore city in suburbia, so if you are looking for wilderness, this is not the place. Otherwise, it is a perfectly acceptable campground, especially for those who are visiting the Baltimore area. The front gate is well guarded. You need a key pass to enter the campground. Once there, the place feels quite secluded with very minimal road noise. All sites are wooded with mainly mature oak trees so watch out for falling acorns in the fall. We were bombarded by acorns the whole time!

There are only a couple of hiking trails from the campground itself and they are very short, about 1/4 mile. A couple longer trails can be found at the main recreational portion of the park. The one we hiked was ok, but went by noisy roads and under massive power lines.

Restrooms are standard and kept clean. The 2 hosts camped next to and across from the restrooms and it seemed like they monitored them regularly.

For those camping at Patapsco looking for something to do, I recommend visiting old Ellicott City. It is only about 4 miles away and is a very cool old village built on the side of a cliff and over a river. It has several interesting antique shops and quaint restaurants.

All said and done, we enjoyed our stay.

Patapsco Valley State Park
4 Star Rating  August 6th, 2012
Shenandoah National Park is comprised mainly of a long, skinny range of mountains that range 2500 to 3500 ft in elevation. Along the top of the range is a scenic road, Skyline Drive. The park is known for it`s scenic views from Skyline Drive and my wife and I have traveled it several times. It will not disappoint, especially during the Autumn fall colors.

There are 4 campgrounds that are fairly evenly placed along Skyline and a lodge with motel like cabins near the highest point. The most popular campground is Big Meadow and you have to reserve a spot ahead of time as it stays full most of the season. It`s also probably the most popular because it`s the only campground with showers. They are coin operated and it cost 4 quarters for 5 minutes.

We have stayed in one of the lodge buildings and also at Matthews Arm campground. The facilities are well kept and clean.

Really the best part about the Park is not the campgrounds but the park as a whole. There are numerous excellent trails for hiking and backpacking. Back country camping is allowed and necessary on some of the trails because of the distance. Wildlife is generally used to people so it is common to see deer, fox, and sometimes black bear. Big Meadow is what the name says, a huge meadow that is full of butterflies, deer, and other wildlife. Wild blueberries grow there in the mid-summer. There is a large visitors center and Ranger guided educational hikes.

You can`t beat the views that the park provides. Just driving through it and stopping at the many viewing pull offs is worth the admission fee.

Shenandoah National Park
3 Star Rating  August 6th, 2012   Just OK
My wife and I stayed on site 38 in August of 2011. The campground was well kept and clean. There was a black top paved drive into our site but it was all on an incline with no level area for our little camper. We had to have the tongue resting on the pavement for it to be level enough.

The sites here are close together but not on top of each other. The camp host next to us wasn`t friendly and played hard core evangelist sermons on his radio loudly throughout the day. He also went after the young couples on the other side of the road for what I thought was harmless fun.

The restrooms are close by and were reasonably clean but we were surprised to find no showers! We found out you have to drive 45 minutes along Skyline Drive to Big Meadow camping area to use showers. Big Meadow is the only Campground in the park with showers and they are coin-operated. 4 quarters for 5 minutes.

All in all it was worth it because the Shenandoah Park as a whole is so nice and scenic. The campground itself was just OK.

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