Best Free Camping in Maryland

Free Camping in Maryland

By Nathan Swartz

With the nation's capital and bustling Baltimore – and the endless sea of suburbs between them – dominating much of the state's acreage, it's no wonder that the Old Line State has little in the way of free camping.

Especially when compared to its wilder and larger neighbors, camping can seem downright sparse. If your boondocking dreams circle around wide-open beaches, hiking trails around a lake, and secluded mountains, you will no doubt be disappointed. On the other hand, you won't likely need to break out the bug spray.

Free Camping in Western Maryland

Thanks to the hospitality of some local businesses, namely a Cracker Barrel and a Walmart in Hagerstown, MD, you can score a free night or two of quiet, respectful camping in these parking lots. Cracker Barrel even has two actual, designated spots, while Walmart's bigger lot will work better for those with large RVs or pulling a toad.

Don't expect a picnic table or fire ring, and these types of free camping areas are not for setting up your tent. They are simply basic RV-sized spots in a parking lot, a place to rest after exploring the local area.

Free Camping Near Baltimore, MD

The last place of note is the Maryland Welcome Center, home to a free dump station. While technically you are not allowed to camp here overnight, doing so is at times permitted with the permission of local staff or the state police. You can call the phone number on the Campendium listing to get a better sense of whether this will be permitted during your stay before making the commitment to drive into the metropolis that is Baltimore.

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Recent Maryland Free Campsite Reviews

Hagerstown, MD

Walmart

Aug 27, 2021

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We checked out the WalMart parking lot the day before because we were not able find a camping spot in any of the several parks in the area. My husband asked at customer service for permission and she said sure, that is no problem. The next day, we came back and were greeted by a loud, aggressive older lady screaming we cannot part there for...
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JOANNE Solmon
9 reviews
Hagerstown, MD

Walmart

Jul 08, 2021

"Convenient but noisy"

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This location is very convenient to get to with many shops around, but is because it is very close to the highway, there is noise all night long. We sleep with the windows open, so that makes it unpleasant. Also the lights in the lot where we were asked to park were quite bright. Good for security, but not so much for sleeping for me. There...
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Giesela Purdy
4 reviews
Pocomoke City, MD

Walmart

Jul 04, 2021

"Convenient and easy"

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Right off 13. Small Chinese Buffet in lot. Ruby Tuesday’s within walking distance across from entrance. Fairly quiet although locals come and go most of the night. 1 other RV, several in cars.

Debbie Furnari
3 reviews
Pocomoke City, MD

Walmart

Jul 04, 2021

"Right off 13 and close to 113"

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Asked permission. One other RV, several in cars. Fairly quiet although locals come and go most of the night. Parked near entrance of lot. Small Chinese buffet in lot. Ruby Tuesday within walking distance across from lot entrance.

Debbie Furnari
3 reviews
Snow Hill, MD

Furnace Town Parking Lot

May 02, 2021

"Very nice place to stay in your RV and visit furnace"

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Super quiet. 2 other RVs when I stayed. Worth the visit to small historical town. Nice hard sand and flat parking area.

Thomas Knight
1 review