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4 Great Places in the Mid-Atlantic to Camp Near Waterfalls

Updated on May 29, 2013

The following is a list of four great places in the Mid-Atlantic area (between New York and Virginia) where it's possible to camp within walking distance of waterfalls.

Waterfall at Ricketts Glen State Park
Waterfall at Ricketts Glen State Park

1. CUNNINGHAM FALLS STATE PARK, MARYLAND - The small, but pretty, state park is located just west of Thurmont, MD in the Catoctin Mountains. The 78' tall, cascading, Cunningham Falls is the tallest in the state of Maryland. It's accessible via a short hike from the campground.

2. SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VIRGINIA - This national park is located about seventy miles west of Washington, D.C. in the Shenandoah Mountains. It has ten waterfalls between 34-93' tall and many smaller ones. There are four campgrounds in the park and backcountry camping is allowed with a free permit. All of the campgrounds are close to the famous Skyline Drive and all of them have trails leading to waterfalls. Campsites are between $15 and $20. Most are available from early spring until the end of October.

Dark Hollow Falls in the Shenandoah National Park
Dark Hollow Falls in the Shenandoah National Park

3. RICKETTS GLEN STATE PARK, PENNSYLVANIA - This park, located 30 miles north of Bloomsberg, PA, is home to 22 named waterfalls. The highest waterfall in the park is Ganoga Falls at 94'. The 7.2 mile Falls Trail can be hiked to see all of the falls or a shorter 3.3 mile trail can be taken to see most of them.

Waterfall at Rickettes Glen State Park in PA
Waterfall at Rickettes Glen State Park in PA

4. WATKINS GLEN STATE PARK, NEW YORK - At Watkins Glen S.P. it's possible to camp near a stream that drops 400' making 19 waterfalls as it cuts through a two mile long glen. A trail winds along the creek over stone bridges and stairs.

Waterfall at Watkins Glen State Park in NY
Waterfall at Watkins Glen State Park in NY | Source

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