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Little Bennett Campground

Located at:
23705 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
www.LittleBennettCampground.org

Help Desk: 301-495-2580
Campground Registration: 301-528-3430
Online Reservations
Questions? littlebennettcampground@montgomeryparks.org


CampgroundLittle Bennett Campground is part of Little Bennett Regional Park, and offers visitors quality wooded campsites and miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails throughout 3,700 acres of forests and meadows. With more than 30 miles of trails to explore, 91 wooded campsites from which to choose, 3 new yurts, and a variety of weekend activities available for all age groups and interests, Little Bennett Campground is a perfect weekend get-away or vacation spot. Here's an excellent Trail Map of the park of the park.

Little Bennett Campground and Little Bennett Regional Park are operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and are located in northern Montgomery County, Maryland, 30 miles north of Washington, D.C., 50 miles west of Baltimore, Maryland, and 15 miles south of historic Frederick, Maryland. Reservations can be made online via ActiveMontgomery.org.

Announcements & Events | Camping Season and Hours | Contact Station (Registration Office) | Map & Directions | Campsite Descriptions | Off-Season Use (November - March)

Campground Map | Group Camping | Hike-In Camping | Reservations and Fees | Camper-Ready Camping | Camp Store | Hawk's Reach Activity Center | Hiking and Equestrian Trails | Recreational Activities | Campground Activities and Events | Camping Gear Check Lists | Places to Play During your Stay! | Park Regulations | Seasonal Job Opportunity

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2477 (Voice), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

Watch a video about Little Bennett Campground on Montgomery Parks' YouTube channel here.

Announcements & Events

  • New for 2016:
    • 3 new yurts!!
    • Jumping Pillow and Pedal Carts!
  • Horse Trailer Camping Area - Want to ride the equestrian trails at Little Bennett and camp overnight? Little Bennett now has two Horse Trailer Camping Sites available off Prescott Road. Each site has room for a truck and horse trailer, a portable horse corral, and tents, as well as a picnic table and fire ring/grill. Water for horses is available at the site.
  • The Hike-In Camping Area - Located off Purdum Trail, this space offers hardy campers a more adventurous experience. Choose from a variety of designated parking areas within Little Bennett, then hike into and out of the designated area with all your gear, food, and supplies. *Call our office for reservation information.
  • Be on the lookout for many more programs and events being created in the campground and in the park.
  • Military and </b>senior discounts (Sunday through Thursday ONLY)
  • "Burn It Where You Buy It" Comes to Little Bennett Campground
    • In an effort to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, which is killing ash trees across the nation, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has put a quarantine order in effect beginning July 11, 2011. As a result, campers are not allowed to bring their own firewood into the campground. Campers will have to purchase it from the camp store.
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Camping Season and Hours

Full-time camping for Little Bennett Campground for the 2016 camping season is April 1 - October 30, with a maximum stay of 14 days. A minimum two-day reservation is required on holiday weekends (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day).

Check-In Time: Noon
Check-Out Time: 11:00 a.m.

For more information, please call us at 301-528-3430 or book online via ActiveMontgomery.org.

Off-Season Use (November - March)

Little Bennett Campground is closed for full-time camping during the winter months (December through February). Camping is available in March and November on weekends only. Parking for hikers is available at Hawk's Reach Activity Center Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., and is controlled by a locked gate. Please see the "Contact Station" hours below, and plan your visit accordingly.

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Contact Station (Registration Office)

Hours:

April through October:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Late Arrivals

For visitors with reservations who will arrive after the Contact Station is closed, please call ahead during the Contact Station business hours (see above). Please do not call Montgomery County Park Police for reservation or campground access issues.

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Map & Directions

Little Bennett Google Map

Door-to-door directions to this location

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Campsite Descriptions

One of the 91 campsites locations.Each of Little Bennett's 91 campsites offers a tranquil setting with ample opportunities to enjoy the scenic splendor of the park. Campsite amenities include a two-vehicle gravel parking area, picnic table, campfire ring, and lantern post. Each of the 66 tent sites have a tent pad. Sixteen campsites are available with 30 amp/20 amp electrical hookups, and nine campsites are available with 50 amp/20 amp electrical hook-ups. This chart may help you choose the best campsite for your needs. It has site specifications including the amount of power on electric sites, and tent pad sizes on tent sites. Comfort stations with sinks, showers, toilet facilities and drinking fountains are located within walking distance of each site. Water spigots are randomly located throughout each camping loop. The central dump station is situated adjacent to the Contact Station. The laundry room, with coin-operated washers and dryers, is located behind the activity center.

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Campground Map

The map below shows the individually numbered campsites' locations, as well as the campground's roads, trails and amenities. Here's a detailed trail map of the entire Little Bennett Regional Park.
Click on each camp site number to view a photo.

Detailed map of Little Bennett Campground A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 A10 A11 A12 A13 A14 A15 A16 A17 A18 A19 A20 B21 B22 B23 B24 B25 B26 B27 B28 B29 B30 B31 B32 B33 B34 C35 C36 C37 C38 C39 C40 C41 C42 C43 C44 C45 C46 C47 D48 D49 D50 D51 D52 D53 D54 D55 D56 D57 D58 D59 D60 D61 D62 D63 D64 D65 D66 D67 D68 D69 D70 D71 D72 E73 E74 E75 E76 E77 E78 E79 E80 E81 E82 E83 E84 E85 E86 E87 E88 E89 E90 E91

Horse Trailer Camping Area

Want to ride the equestrian trails at Little Bennett and camp overnight? Little Bennett now has two Horse Trailer Camping Sites available off Prescott Road. Each site has room for a truck and horse trailer, a portable horse corral, and tents, as well as a picnic table and fire ring/grill. Water for horses is available at the site.

Group Camping

The Group Camping area is located in the Little Bennett Campground off Rt. 355, at 23705 Frederick Road in Clarksburg. This area is located at the end of Loop E and can accommodate groups up to 60 campers.  A group fire ring, cooking grills, picnic tables and portable toilet facilities are provided for guests in this area. Although there is no running water on site, potable water is available at Loop E Bath House. For more information or to make reservations, please call 301-528-3430. Here's a detailed map of the entire Little Bennett Regional Park.

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Hike-In Camping

The Hike-In Camping Area - Located off Purdum Trail, this space offers hardy campers a more adventurous experience. Choose from a variety of designated parking areas within Little Bennett, then hike into and out of the designated area with all your gear, food, and supplies. *Call our office for reservation information.

Reservations and Fees

Advanced reservations are recommended. You may make your reservations online at ActiveMontgomery.org, call us, or visit us in person. Reservations will be accepted after January 1 for any dates during that year's camping season. Please call the Contact Station for camping fees and more specific information: 301-528-3430.

Little Bennett Campground Reservations Cancellation Policy (Effective March 30, 2016)
- Cancellations made up to 14 days in advance of the reservation start date will be given a full refund.
- Cancellations made between 1 and 13 days in advance of the reservation start date will be charged a $25.00 administrative fee.
- No refunds will be issued for cancellations or early departures requested on or after the scheduled date of arrival.

(Cancellations may be done via e-mail or in person at the campground)

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Camper-Ready Camping

Camper Ready EquipmentCome enjoy the great outdoors without making a huge investment in gear! If you're thinking about camping, but don't want to make the investment in equipment to try it, we have just the thing for you! Camper-Ready Camping is now available at Little Bennett Campground. For an additional rental fee per night, plus the site fee (two-night minimum), your campsite will come all set up for you, with a four-person tent, two camp chairs, a propane stove, and a lantern. Bring your own bedding, cooking gear, and food supplies, and your campsite will be waiting for you to enjoy sleeping under the stars. One week's advance notice is required. Camper- Ready Camping is available on campsites B30, B31, and B32 only. Please call the Contact Station for camping fees and more specific information: 301-528-3430.

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Camp Store

A camp store is operated at the Contact Station. Basic camping supplies, sodas, ice cream, ice, snacks, and park souvenirs are available for your convenience. Bundles of firewood can be purchased here as well to create a cozy campfire.

Contact Station/Camp Store Hours

April through October:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Hawk's Reach Activity Center

Campground staff can provide information about activities and routinely scheduled events at our on-site activity center. Weekend activities may include children's crafts, a guided nature hike, ice cream socials, hayrides, and use of the game room during inclement weather. Detailed information about these activities and more can be found on our Event & Activities Calendar.

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Hiking and Multi-Use Trails

Little Bennett Regional Park is home to more than 30 miles of trails. Biking and horseback riding are permitted on trails designated for their use. Hiking on our trails offers an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful wooded scenery Little Bennett offers and catch glimpses of local wildlife. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails. Take a look at Little Bennett Regional Park Trails and the Park's Historic Sites.

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Recreational Activities

Open play fields are located within the campground for various recreational activities. Volleyball court, and two playgrounds are available for our campers. Recreational equipment including footballs, volleyballs, horseshoes, soccer balls, and frisbees are available at the Contact Station. A refundable security deposit is required for use of this equipment. New for 2016 is a jumping pillow and pedal carts.

Little Bennett Regional Park is home to three orienteering courses. Orienteering maps are available to help users navigate their way around the courses. Bring your own compass, and choose between the Beginner Level(pdf, 1.2MB), Advanced Beginner Level (pdf, 1.3MB), or Intermediate Level (pdf, 1.7MB) to practice, test, and master your orienteering skills. We recommend you print off your own map and coordinates using the links above, to ensure you have everything you need to navigate your way through the park.

Little Bennett Campground has a small Trainer Level Orienteering Course (pdf, 60KB) . If you're new to the sport of using map and compass to navigate from point to point, this course may be just what you need to get started. This course gets progressively harder, and simulates some situations you may encounter on a real orienteering course. So grab your map and compass, and get lost finding your way around Little Bennett Campground!

NOTE: All four of the courses shown above begin at the Hawk's Reach Activity Center located in the campground. Orienteerers who are non-campers during the camping season or weekend users during the off-season will be required to "walk in" to the starting point. Parking is available off Route 355 at 23701 Frederick Road in the Little Bennett maintenance employee parking lot. Questions? Call 301-528-3430.

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Campground Activities and Events

Little Bennett Campground offers a variety of activities and events to compliment your camping adventure. From nature crafts to outdoor movies and hayrides, we've put together a season of activities for all campers. Detailed information can be found on our Event & Activities Calendar, while the Activity & Events Flyer lets you see everything at a quick glance. Check it out!!

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Camping Gear Check Lists

Whether you're new to camping, or a veteran, we've created various camping check lists to make it easier for you to get ready for your camping trip. For a longer stay try the Comprehensive Camping Gear Check List (with descriptions). For a shorter stay, or the camping veteran, the Essential Camping Gear Check List is a short list that will help to prepare you for a simple and relaxing adventure with little thought.

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Places to Play & Explore During Your Stay

Little Bennett Campground is only a short drive away from a wide variety of adventures in Montgomery County. Check out this list of local places to play and explore-- click on the links for more information!

Hyattstown Mill Arts Project
Black Hill Regional Park
Black Hill Boat Rental
Black Hill Visitor Center & Nature Programs
Little Bennett Golf Course
South Germantown Recreational Park
South Germantown Splash Playground & Mini-Golf
Rock Creek Regional Park
Lake Needwood Boat Rentals
Needwood Golf Course
Meadowside Nature Center
Cabin John Regional Park
Cabin John Ice Rink
Cabin John Indoor Tennis
Cabin John Miniature Train
Locust Grove Nature Center
Wheaton Regional Park
Wheaton Miniature Train & Carousel
Wheaton Indoor Tennis
Wheaton Ice Arena
Brookside Gardens
Brookside Nature Center
Northwest Park Golf Course
National Capital Trolley Museum
Sligo Creek Golf Course

Sightseeing: Washington, D.C., historic Baltimore, and historic Frederick are less than an hour away. Many Civil War sites and historic monuments are nearby. If you are planning a visit to the Nation's Capital, be sure to ask campground staff for information on nearby public transportation, including Metro rail service.

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Park Regulations

• Check In Time: 12:00 pm; Check Out Time: 11:00 am.
• Picnic tables are not to be moved.
• Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
• Campers, and camping equipment consisting of any combination of tents and RV's, are limited to a 14-day stay.
• Campers may not move to a new site without prior approval by campground staff
• Tents must be set up within thirty feet of the parking pad
• No more than two tents or one RV and one tent may be placed on one campsite
• No more than six individuals may occupy one campsite (including visitors)
• Only registered campers or visitors may use common park facilities or outdoor areas
• Children must be under adult supervision
• Campground visitors must register and pay at the Contact Station and must be visiting registered campers
• Motor vehicles and/or camping vehicles must be parked on the parking pad of the assigned site.
• No more than two vehicles may be parked at any campsite
• Campsites must be kept clean at all times.
• Trash and refuse must be placed in dumpsters
• Fires are permitted only in the grill or fire ring provided. Firewood must fit inside of the fire ring. Fires must not be left unattended
• Cutting any standing tree is considered destruction of property and subject to criminal penalty
• It is unlawful to cut, injure or mutilate any plant, tree or shrub, or damage any structure, picnic table, property or equipment that is on park property.
• The use of chain saws for any reason is prohibited
• It is unlawful to catch, injure, destroy or interfere in any way with any wildlife
• Nails, knives, or other sharp devices may not be driven into any structure
• It is unlawful to possess or discharge any firearm, bow and arrow, sling shot, airgun or fireworks
• Quiet must be maintained between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
• Pets are permitted if kept on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. Pets must not be left unattended and waste must be cleaned up
• Washing vehicles, dishes, pots and pans at water outlets is prohibited. Hoses may not be permanently attached to any water outlet
• Permits will be revoked without refund if campers do not obey these rules and regulations and Department of Park and Planning regulations governing all park areas.
• Camping fees are non-refundable.

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Seasonal Job Opportunity

For an opportunity to work at the campground, check out The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's online employment webpage.

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Please mail all correspondence to:
Little Bennett Campground
23701 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

Date of last update: March 14, 2016 jcg