Excellent access to all of Annapolis.
Type of site
Sep 19, 2014
This is an older camp that has aged and needs new facilities. While they clean the bath house regularly, it always appears dirty because of its age. They had some electrical issues at the sites but the maintenance crew responded pretty quickly to get it fixed. This park has the advantage of being a great location to visit Annapolis or go to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. In addition, you can easily walk to the Exchange and Commissary. Riding a bike into Annapolis is feasible as long as you are comfortable riding on backroads. Checking into this campground can be a challenge because there is no decent RV parking at the MWR office and turning around after checking in is hard. Recommend calling the day before to get your site number and visit the office (if possible) after you set-up your site. NOTE: According to staff, NSA Annapolis is planning to overhaul this campground soon!
My wife and I spend 3 days (3 to many) at Annapolis RV camp and the Base commander should be ashamed of himself for this park. This base is a primer base and the RV park was discussing. Bathhouse dirty and sites were in awful conditions. This is a reflection of POOR leadership. The park was named after a Heroic Sailor named Retelle and they can’t even keep his marker in good condition. The people who manage it can’t even say return call or say hello when entering. If this park is a reflection of Navy leadership....
Great location for the USNA and local area. But, camp ground needs lots of work. Lots of work. Recent host lasted less than two weeks. Had falling out with MWR and departed. Instructions for payment leaves much to be desired! Board states go to gym. Woman at gym would not take payment. Informed to call Gateway Inns. Nope! Gateway Inns (the number provided by lady in gym) told us "we don't have anything to do with payment for famcamps/RV/campground." Go figure. Went back to woman in the gym. She then decides to tell us they are having problems with Gateway Inns to collect fees. Few of the numbers were missing from the spaces. Bath rooms were DIRTY. The entire FamCamp needs to be cleaned up. Was told by a home steader camper that camp ground will get a make over soon. i.e. dump station, hook ups, etc. Hope it does happen. Place needs it. Woman who was working in the gym was nice. Respectful and professional. She has her hand tied as far as the payment system goes. Hope she gets higher ups to correct it. Gym does not take any payments. Gateway Inns on other side did a 'we don't know" attitude on us...as well as their customer service rep on the toll free line. Place is good location and should be turning a buck. But nope. Like other MWR ran operations, they don't know how to properly run a FamCamp. NOTE: Galley is closing down end of Sept 2014. So no more galley. That was nice. Long gone now. New NEX and commissary complex is nice. Across the street from old complex.
We headed south from Maine to FL for a friends wedding. Our first stop was in Annapolis. I lived across the street years ago so I knew where to find the campground. Even then it was still a bit difficult to find. The sign pointing into the camp was overgrown and barely seen from the road, plus it points you down a gravel road that barely looks like a road at all. We would stay again however there was some confusion with getting a reservation. MWR does NOT run this campground and we had to call some Navy lodge reservation line where the folks at that end seemed confused as to why we were calling them...... Call early with a pen in hand so you can chase down numbers until you find the right person to help you. Yes the sites are overgrown with vegetation, the gravel roads are in poor condition, the bath house is extremely old (but clean), the site pads seemed to be a bit narrow (and we were camping in a teardrop), the price is right on to save you some $$$$ while staying in an expensive area. It fit our needs after a very long day of driving to reach our first stop. We would use it again just to crash for one night and move on the next day.
3-6 July 2014
A decent site to visit USNA and Annapolis, just don't expect much from the campground. It is a good launching point to visit the area, but nothing for the kids or family to do in the campground. The check-in staff was less than helpful and did not offer to reserve us a site, unlike other reviewers, even when calling to confirm our reservation the morning of our arrival. There is a traffic loop to turn-around near the MWR check-in, but there is no dedicated RV parking for check-in. Our site (#7) had broken glass all over the concrete pad; we called the office to switch but they wouldn't move us; they said they'd send someone out to clean up the glass, but they never did. The pads are concrete and level, but not very wide. The campground is gravel and on a decent incline. Our site was well shaded, especially from noon to sunset, without too much tree overhang. There were no fire rings, but some folks had fire pits burning. The campground is surrounded by the Midshipmen obstacle trail in which the Plebes were running in the mornings - great motivation! If you are in sites 1-4, you may have a group (20+) muddy Midshipmen in front of your campsite, resting after their run, so be aware. The bathhouse was clean, but in need of some updating and repair. The several layers of paint were peeling and rusting, and the bugs were enjoying the place as well. It was in a good state of police, but it wasn't the most comfortable bathhouse. The dump station didn't have a tight fitting for your sewer hose, so you get to enjoy the smells of your visit when flushing. Overall, a decent location and price, as long as you know what you are getting for such a low price.
3 to 6 July 2014
There is no sewage connection, so going in, I knew there was the wife issue. In 3 days, though we used 1/3 of the storage tanks. I called the day we were going to arrive and Navy Getaway had sent a list, so I was able to get a site assigned. #10 had no sign on it, but we did our best and guessed right. Our spot was nice, relatively private. There is no nearby playground, and the roads are gravel, but we didn't have grandkids with us. The bath house needs a little renovation, but is OK and clean. We went down to the Annapolis waterfront for the parade, Naval Academy Band and Fireworks. MWR offered a pool party and food, with watch the fire works from the Naval Support side, but we went to the madhouse anyway. The Baltimore and Annapolis Rails to Trails is nearby, a nice but boring ride, same scenery all along it. Overall, it was a nice place (don't ask my wife), she hates bath houses and camping.
1-7 June 2014
We made reservations three months in advance. I would recommend the same because the grounds were full most of the time we were there. Did not look like anyone was homesteading. The bathouse is old and could use a coat of paint, but they do clean them daily. The directions to the campgrounds and rec center are spot on except the gate guard is now manned. As stated earlier, it is NOT recommended you drive your rig down to the rec center. Park on the blacktop parking lot next to the baseball field and call the rec center, and ask if they'll assign you a site. We had site#4. It was sufficient. The staff at the rec center was unfriendly and not helpful. AT&T service was adequate. We used a Dish Network Tailgator, and it worked fine; however, another camper with the same dish had no luck. Digital antenna picked up plenty of channels. A new NEX & commissary is expected to open late Aug 2014. There is a thrift store within walking distance. I broke a golf club and bought another for $3! Beautiful golf course is nearby along with a huge fitness center and ice-rink; however, the ice-rink is closed during the summer. As stated earlier, the NEX gas station does NOT have diesel. I found the WAWA gas station to be the closest (about 5 miles) to sell diesel. To eat: There's the Blue Jacket Cafe just past the rec center on the left. Foods not that great, and they ONLY do breakfast & lunch. There's a Subway between the old NEX & commissary. Not sure if the Subway will stay or not when the new NEX & commissary open. The woods adjacent to the campgrounds contains an obstacle course. Good workout! No WIFI at the campground, but available at the rec center. We had no 30AMP power issues. USNA is about a 15-20 minute bike ride away. Access to the USNA is easiest at the first gate you come to. Can't remember the gate number, but it's NOT the one by the visitor's center. Visitor center gate is VERY busy.
20 April 2013
Having a Truck Camper this campground is perfect for my needs. Close to everything I needed and the facility is clean close to everyplace I needed.
Nov 25, 2012
The campground is not in the Academy section of the Navy base. That makes it hard to find and difficult to get to. One has to drive through a residential area on a curvy road where there is a lack of signs pointing to the campground. That is one issue that makes it not big rig friendly. Another reason is that the interior campground road is gravel and hilly with some sharp turns. Most of the sites are concrete pads, but they are not long enough to provide plenty of space for a longer RV. I noticed just one pull through. Power is only 30 amp. There is no sewer. I did not use the dump station. The bath house is an older, heated, cinderblock building. It was clean, but adequate only to serve its purpose. The Wi-Fi signal is not generated from within the campground and is weak. I suspect reception is based on your site location. There is nothing for the kids to do. A primitive area exists for tent use, but sites aren’t marked. Verizon 3G was fine. During another season, I suspect there would be little satellite signal reception. There are a lot of trees. Over the air TV channels are plentiful. The campground is half full of permanents; most likely service members who are stationed there. It is a short drive to the full service commissary, Exchange, gas station (no diesel), and golf course. Check in is at the MWR/gym facility that is past the campground. There are no convenient places to park an RV while you register. They honor the America the Beautiful card for a 50% discount and that is reflected in my rate. This is just an OK campground that is better suited for shorter rigs and those who want an inexpensive place to stage from while being a tourist. It won’t be on my return list.
24-28 Aug 2012
R.L. left this review using the Directory software: - This is beyond a doubt the worst experience ever! Phone reservation went slowly. I was told we'd have to take site 5 for 2 nights and then move to site 12 for 2 nights. Not great, but acceptable. It took about an hour to actually get checked in. The people seemed to care and were friendly enough but either their system is broken or there is no training. She found the first 2 nights easily but was totally lost on the last 2. After checking with everyone in the office and calling someone to go out and physically check the campground (none of which was helpful at all) it was finally decided that the book and the computer didn't agree with each other. Then another long wait to process the credit card charges to cover both sites. I asked why we had to move and was told "some rigs are too large for some of the sites" Actually most of the sites are similar in size and hold our 35' fifth wheel with no problem. There are at least 4 empty sites so it will be interesting to see what the rest of the visit holds. This place is badly in need of someone to take charge and straighten things out. The sites are adequate but nothing special, kind of brushy. Unless you really want to be close to Annapolis I'd try one of the many other camps in the area instead.
May 1, 2012 to May 17, 2012
The instructions were right on the money for checking in, easy to find and the Personal were great to work with. I did have electrical power problems one day and they had an electrician out within two hours of my reporting the problem and fixed with in a half hour after that. This is not a "Resort" but a "Campground" in a very quiet woody area and we loved it. Other campers were never a problem and in fact very outgoing and helpful as was the Base Staff when I had mechanical problems with my Tow Dolly. Wonderful place to stay and I would recommend to anyone and the price can not be beat.
July 10-24, 2012
The MWR here at Annapolis is a great place to stay! We loved the atmosphere here and the outdoors in the middle of metropolis. We used it to stage jaunts to DC & other attractions around the area. The NEX & Commissary were close by & they were stocked really good with the things we needed. The post gas station was also close by and it said that it had bio-deisel and flex-fuel. We could not have asked for a better park to stay in.
Nov 1, 2011
Stayed here two nights early Nov 2011. Found the check in staff Less than helpful. Was like pulling teeth to get info. This was our first military Fam Camp and although the area was convenient and the base was beautiful, the camp grounds were not very well kept. Sites were overgrown, Table pads were full of mud (side where we had to walk to enter trailer). Asked if someone could come and clean up the pad or if we could move to another site. the move was NO and basically it was NO to having some one down to the camping area to do that before the next day. Finally asked if we could have a small shovel or push broom etc. again the answer was NO..."wouldn't know where to find one". Bathrooms/showers are dingy and unkept. Only good thing was my wife did find a shovel in the women's bath!! LOL
September 27-30, 2011
Nothing has changed since our first visit here in 2005. But we return every year. Rates have not changed either, still $18/$9 Golden Age Pass. Cleanliness has diminished since our last visit. It's still a good value though.
the location is great for visiting the area. the campground itself was a disgrace. weak power,dirty sites, the bathroom had the same garbage from the day we checked it until the day we left (7). complained daily, did not help. was told they were going to totally redo the campground. Has this ever happened? west point had a great campground, annapolis is the worst campground I have in even after 8 years of fulltimeing and using alot of private or public campgrounds.
Feb 22, 2011
NEX gas station near the NEX/Commissary has a B20 Diesel Pump. It is set for only $35.00 limit on credit and debit. That will hardly fill a VW, but it takes multiple times to fill anything larger. The package store is operating from the NEX building temporarily.
13 Jan 2011
Stopped on the way south, easy to get to off US 301. Bathhouse was clean and warm! Called when we reached the FamCamp and they gave us a site, than drove to MWR to sign-in with just the pick-up. It would have been tight to drive our 42 ft 5th wheel there and turn around. Small FamCamp, but easy to get around. We had site 2, which is a pull thru. Looked like the only one.
Nov. 15, 2010
C.H. left this review using the Directory software: We stop here most years on our way south for the winter. Coming down US301 and across the Bay Bridge, the FAMCAMP is only a couple of miles to side-track to. I agree with previous recent reviews that the bathhouse has definitely improved - amazing what a coat of paint will do. It was much cleaner than on previous visits. One checks in at MWR located in the base gym. If you have only the motor home and no toad, there's a large parking lot on the left past the gym at the end of the road, only a short walk back to the gym. Retirees can eat in the mess hall - we enjoyed a delicious chicken cordon bleu dinner for $4.25 each.
September 12, 2010
This updates my review of July 2009. Not much has changed. However the bath house has had some attention. New partitions in the "commode" area for both mens and womens sides and fresh paint on the walls and decks on the mens sides have brightened up the facilities and made them easier to clean. So, someone is trying to keep the facilities acceptable!! The cleaning crew provides daily attention. In talking with the MWR folks, the funding for improvements remains "iffy". Rates are holding at $18/night, $9/night with Golden Age/Senior Pass. It remains, however, a great value for this area, the National Capital Region.
June 10-14, 2010
We agree with previous comments and nothing much has changed. The campground is old and a bit overgrown with branches and vines hanging over the dirt road. The sites are paved and level and we did not have any trouble with the 30 amp power except when we tried to run both A/C units. No problems running just one unit, thank goodness, as it was hot and humid. Bathhouse is very old and we did not use it. Best thing about this CG is the location. Just minutes from the Academy and easy access to Baltimore and DC. And the price of just $9 with the Golden Access card can't be beat. We would definitely stay here again.