Last month we visited Washington, D.C., for the first time. Yes, we took our trailer, and no, it wasn’t stressful or difficult. In fact, I encourage all RVers to visit if they get the chance. We had a blast, and it was actually a very affordable little adventure.
We stayed at Greenbelt National Park for $16 a night, which can be reserved online by clicking here. The park is absolutely gorgeous, and my son observed that is was “green, like magic.” The trees and other plants in the park really help the place live up to its name.
The campground within the park does not provide any hook-ups whatsoever. However, because the entire park is in a wooded area, all sites are well-shaded, and we had very little issue with heat despite visiting in June and lacking electricity to run the air conditioner.
We did not find a fresh-water fill-up station, so we ended up washing dishes with bottled water, but that was all we needed water for anyway, as we used the restrooms and showers provided by the campground.
The bathrooms are certainly dated, and the local bugs made themselves right at home in each and every restroom and bathhouse we visited. We never encountered any harmful bugs though, and we simply shooed the mayflies away when we went to shower.
There is a dump station in the campground, but if you can’t fill up your fresh water I don’t imagine you’d have much to dump. That was puzzling to me.
We arrived at the campground after-hours (as we tend to do), and discovered that our reserved site was much too small for our trailer. Because there were no rangers or campground hosts to ask, we simply changed sites based on what was listed as available online and told the ranger the next day. It was no big deal at all.
All in all, I would recommend this campground to someone looking for a cheap place to stay near DC. It was lovely, and the rangers were nice. It was also extremely close to a train station, and the train ride into the city was about $3.50 (each way) and didn’t take long at all. Riding the train is definitely recommended, as driving in DC is a nightmare.
This is not the place for anyone who NEEDS to have electricity, wants a cushy experience, or has a fear of bugs. However, it is open year round.
Average Nightly Price: $16
Greenbelt National Park
6565 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Website: click here