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Little Bennett Campground

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Located at:
23705 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Campground Registration: 301-528-3430

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

www.LittleBennettCampground.com

 

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 20 miles of trails to explore, 91 wooded campsites from which to choose, 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. For a comprehensive look at Little Bennett Regional Park and the campground, visit the Friends of Little Bennett Park. Get an excellent map of the park here.

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

Announcements & Events at Little Bennett
Camping Season and Hours
Contact Station (Registration Office)
Off-Season Use (November - March)
Campsite Descriptions
Interactive 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!
Vicinity Map
Vehicle Regulations
Park Regulations
Seasonal Job Opportunity

spring registration

Spring Registration Is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and summer camps, you’ll find fun, convenient and affordable ways to entertain your entire family in Montgomery Parks! Check out information on sports and athletic classes, nature and outdoors programs, ways to explore History in the Parks, Spring and Summer Camps, and more things to do! Start planning spring fun for the entire family today.

Announcements & Events

New for 2014!

  • Now offering online reservations
  • Now offering military and senior discounts; Sunday and Thursday only, excluding holidays.   You must be at least 60 years old to qualify as a senior”.  Visitors will be expected to show proof of age upon arrival. Military discount are available to those who are both retired and active duty.  Visitors should be able to provide proof with military ID cards or some other method of ID/recognition.   In order to get the discounts, visitors must either complete their reservation by phone or in person. Click here for more information on camping fees.
  • Check in time has been changed to 12 noon.
  • The Hike-in camping area fee is now one flat rate of $30/night; up to 50 people (reservations/fees heading).
  • Check this website and our Facebook page for monthly offers/discounts/ and events.

Late Arrivals & No Reservations

If you have reservations and arrive at Little Bennett Campground after the Contact Station/Registration Office is closed, or don't have reservations and arrive when the office is closed and the gate is down, please do not call Montgomery County Park Police for assistance. See "Contact Station (Registration Office)" below for help, or call us at 301-528-3430. Thank you!

"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. Additionally, any unburned firewood will have to be left behind at the campsite. Everyone's cooperation is greatly appreciated, and no one is more grateful than the ash trees.

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Camping Season and Hours

Full-time camping for Little Bennett Campground for the 2014 camping season is March 28th - November 2nd, 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). Limited camping is available on weekends only during March and November (see below). The campground is closed in December, January and February.

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

For more information, please call us at 301-528-3430.

Off-Season Use (November - March)

Little Bennett Campground is closed for full-time camping during the winter months. Camping is available in March and November on weekends only. Parking at the activity center for hiking is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., and is controlled by a locked gate. Please 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 & Saturday:10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November through March:
Open most Tuesdays & Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Late Arrivals

For visitors with reservations who will arrive after the Contact Station is closed, please call ahead during the Contact Station hours (see above) to let us know that you'll be arriving late. We'll give you the gate code at that time, so that you can get in. If you don't get the gate code, you may not be able to get into the campground until the following morning. Please do not call Montgomery County Park Police for reservation or campground access issues.

No Reservations?

We work hard to make Little Bennett Campground safe and secure for its campers. So if you don't have a reservation and show up at the campground when the Contact Station/Registration Office is closed, we cannot allow entry into the campground for any reason until the next morning when the Contact Station re-opens. Please do not call Montgomery County Park Police for reservation or campground access issues.

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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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Interactive Campground Map

The map below shows the individually numbered campsites' locations, as well as the campground's roads, trails and amenities.
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 Download a printable version: Little Bennett Campground-Revised Map Rev. April 2013 (pdf, 380.38 KB)

Group Camping

The Group Camping area is now located in the Little Bennett Campground off Rt. 355, at 23705 Frederick Road in Clarksburg. This area is across from Loop A 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 in the Campground. For more information and to make reservations, please call 301-528-3430.

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Hike-In Camping

Big news! The former group camping area in the Kingsley Area of Little Bennett is now our Hike-In (only) Camping Area. Thiis change, in keeping with the Master Plan for Little Bennett Regional Park, will reduce vehicular traffic (the adverse effects of which were really beginning to show on this popular camping site), and help keep the campsites and trails cleaner, greener and safer.

What does this mean for campers? If you want to camp here, you'll park in any one of the ten parking areas in Little Bennett Regional Park, then hike into and out of the camping area with all your gear, food, and supplies on foot. Please remember, the Hike-In Camping Area is closed to absolutely all vehicular traffic. If you'd like to reserve a spot in the Hike-In Camping area, please call us at 301-528-3430.

If you have ADA concerns, call us at 301-528-3430 to get information on accessible campsites Little Bennett Campground (including the relocated Group Camping Area across from A-Loop--see below for details).

Reservations and Fees

Advanced reservations are recommended. Payment is required in advance and is non-refundable. 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.

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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. Check out the camp store hours.

Contact Station/Camp Store Hours

April through October:
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday:10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

November through March:
Open most Tuesdays & Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 2014 Event & Activities Calendar.

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Hiking and Multi-Use Trails

Campground staff can provide maps for the more than 20 miles of trails meandering throughout Little Bennett Regional Park. Biking and horseback riding are restricted to 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 its Historic Sites.

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Recreational Activities

Open playfields are located within the campground for various recreational activities. Horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and several large 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.

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 progressivley 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, the Little Bennett maintenance employee parking lot. If you have any 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 2014 Event & Activities Calendar, while the 2014 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. The Comprehensive Camping Gear Check List with Descriptions is good for anyone who hasn't camped before. It shows a full list of items that you should or could take, along with a brief narrative or tip about each item. Once you've read and understood what you'll need, you can print the Comprehensive Camping Gear Check List to track items while you pack. 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. Take this list of items, and you should have the core basics needed for a camping adventure. Enjoy, and Happy Camping!

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Places to Play 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 visit and play - click on the links for more information!

Hyattstown Mill Arts Project (2 miles)
Black Hill Regional Park (5 miles)
Black Hill Boat Rental
Nature Programs at Black Hill Visitor Center
Little Bennett Golf Course (6 miles)
South Germantown Recreational Park (10 miles)
Splash Playground
Mini-Golf South Germantown
Rock Creek Regional Park (17 miles)
Lake Needwood Boat Rentals
Needwood Golf Course
Meadowside Nature Center
Cabin John Regional Park (19 miles)
Cabin John Ice Rink
Cabin John Indoor Tennis
Cabin John Miniature Train
Locust Grove Nature Center
Wheaton Regional Park (22 miles)
Wheaton Miniature Train & Carousel
Wheaton Indoor Tennis
Wheaton Ice Arena
Brookside Gardens
Brookside Nature Center
Northwest Park Golf Course (23 miles)
National Capital Trolley Museum (24 miles)
Sligo Creek Golf Course (25 miles)

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 Metrorail service.

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Vicinity Map

Little Bennett Google Map

Door-to-door directions to this location

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Vehicle Regulations

Little Bennett is a family campground, so please be a safe and observant driver. Use of all motorized vehicles is limited to paved roadways. Maximum vehicle speed is 20 mph on park roads and 5 mph on camping loops. Parking is allowed in designated areas only. These regulations are strictly enforced.

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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 chainsaws 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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Date of last update: February 5, 2014