Where to Camp
Here's just a sampling of many campgrounds within a couple of hours' drive of Washington.
Most offer picnic tables, grills, heated bathrooms, flush toilets and showers, and many are handicapped-accessible. Some have camp stores, and most allow pets on leashes. Most have limits on the number of tents and people per site; a "mixed" site means tents and RVs are allowed. For most campgrounds, off-season is first-come, first-served. Arrive early in the day to get the best sites, and call ahead with any questions.
Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station; 703-323-6601
Cost:$25 per night; maximum is two tents, seven people per site.
Sites:160; tents only.
Season: Mid-April to Oct. 27.
Need to know: Canoes, kayaks and electric motorboats allowed on lake. No gas motorboats or sailboats.
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville; 703-631-0550
Cost:$20-$22 per night, depending on residency. Fee is for up to four people, two tents per site; $3 more for up to an additional three people. Maximum is two tents, seven people per site.