Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park | FIFTEENMILE CREEK CAMPGROUND

Campsites at Fifteenmile Creek Drive-In Campground in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Campsites at Fifteenmile Creek Drive-In Campground in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park


NOTE: Sections of the towpath, locks and other historical structures, trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps, and visitor centers are constantly being closed due to damage and/or repair. When planning an adventure within Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, make sure that areas you plan to visit are open by checking the National Park Service’s official Current Park Conditions web page.


Fifteenmile Creek Campground is one of five “drive-in” campgrounds within Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park that is accessible to those in vehicles.

OPERATING SEASONS

Fifteenmile Creek Campground is open year-round. April 15th through November 15th is considered peak season and camping fees are higher.

LOCATION

Fifteenmile Creek Campground is located in Little Orleans, Maryland, at Mile 140.9 on the C&O Canal towpath. See the Camping web page for an interactive location map.

TYPE OF CAMPING

All standard campsites can accommodate tent campers, small RVs, and other self-contained sleeping vehicles. Trailers (sleeping unit or boat) can be no longer than 20 feet. There is a loop at the end of the campground road, so turning around is easy.

There is one group campsite that is for tent campers only.

NUMBER OF SITES

There are nine standard campsites and one group campsite. Standard sites allow up to eight people and two tents or one RV and a tent. There is parking for one vehicle at each standard site. Extra vehicles can be parked in the large parking lot near the entrance to the campground.

The group campsite can hold up to 30 people, and you must have a least 9 people to use the site. There is no limit on the number of tents other than what space allows. If the group site is taken when your group wants to camp, feel free to reserve multiple standard sites.

Group campers must walk from the parking area and cross Fifteenmile Creek via the Fifteenmile Creek Aqueduct, a distance of approximately a tenth of a mile. All equipment must be carried to the site.

AMENITIES

All campsites have a picnic table, grill, and fire pit. There is an indoor chemical toilet (i. e. an indoor fancy outhouse) located between sites #3 and #4 that is shared by all campers. There is also a hand-pumped water spigot that produces water treated with iodine so that it is drinkable, provided you are not physically adverse to iodine. The water is available from April 15th through November 15th and turned off the rest of the year. There is no electricity.

There is a boat ramp next to the campground.

TERRAIN

The Fifteenmile Creek Campground is situated on a large, level field. Most of the sites have some shade, but a few are out in the open. There are no barriers between sites, so there is no privacy. The ground is covered with grass, and there are gravel areas for parking and where the picnic tables and grills are located. While you can see Fifteenmile Creek from some of the campsites, none would be considered “on the water.”

Campsites at Fifteenmile Creek Drive-In Campground in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Campsites at Fifteenmile Creek Drive-In Campground in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

FEES AND RESERVATIONS

Reservations are required to camp at Fifteenmile Creek Campground and all other drive-in campgrounds at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Paying cash upon arrival is not an option. You can make a reservation online at Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. A credit or debit card is required. You can make a reservation up to six months in advance for individual campsites and a year in advance for the group campsite.

For the latest fees, see the National Park Service’s official Camping web page for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Fees are also listed on Recreation.gov.

CAMPGROUND RULES

  • The C&O Canal National Historical Park is a trash free park. Please plan to take all trash with you.
  • Check in time is 1 PM. Check out time is 12 PM.
  • Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Stay is limited to 14 days between May 1 and October 1. Stay is limited to a total of 30 days for the entire calendar year.
  • Pets must be on a leash or under other physical control at all times.
  • Firewood cannot be brought into the park.
  • Except for hammocks, the tying of ropes to trees and structures is not permitted. Hammocks must have straps that are at least one inch wide. Plastic zip cords, nails, or screws are not permitted for the purpose of anchoring a hammock.
  • Fires are restricted to the grills and fire rings provided or to portable grills positioned off the ground. Coals must be extinguished and removed from the park.
  • Firewood may be collected from dead material on the ground, but for use in campgrounds only. Do not remove wood from the campground.
  • For the protection of drinking water, campers may not wash dishes, bathe, or clean fish near wells.
  • Draining or dumping refuse or waste from trailers or other vehicles is prohibited.
  • Alcohol and marijuana are prohibited in the campgrounds.

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Last updated on June 4, 2024
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