Camp Potomac is nestled on 114 acres of hardwood forest in the hills of Allegany County, Maryland. Just minutes away from historic downtown Cumberland, Maryland, Camp Potomac can serve as your gateway to adventure. Whether your scouts are looking for a biking or hiking trip on the C&O Canal, Canoeing the Potomac River through the Camp Potomac River Base programs, or fishing in our well stocked lake, there is always something adventurous to experience at Camp Potomac. Camp Potomac offers running water, cabins, Adirondack shelters, campsites, rifle, shotgun and archery ranges and a private stocked lake for hours of fishing fun. Camp Potomac now offers a brand new year-round heated bathhouse for use by our guests. We are looking forward to providing many improvements to Camp Potomac in the near future! Come on over to Camp Potomac and check it out!
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Camp Potomac River Base
a unique opportunity to explore a peaceful float along the Potomac River.
CPRB will provide several options for trips lasting various times within two different states Maryland and West Virginia. Scout units must do safety afloat training prior to the canoe trip. Units must have vehicles with a 2-inch ball hitch capable of towing a canoe trailer. All canoe trip equipment is provided. You simply stay overnight at Camp Potomac and in the morning, hook up the canoes and be on your way. Meet with Camp Potomac Ranger Andy and take the paddles, lifejackets and trip information.
Another option that we offer is to provide a packed lunch from a nearby store. You can purchase lunch online for $6 when you make your reservation. Scout leaders can pick lunches up the night before or the morning of your trip. Don’t forget to leave a copy of your BSA Tour Permit with Ranger Andy.
Canoes are $40 a day (8 plastic canoes and 6 aluminum canoes are available to rent)
Kayaks are $20 each for singles or $40 for doubles. (20 single kayaks and 3 double kayaks available to rent)
Trailers, paddles, and life vests are included in the rental price.
Please note that River Base is self-serve, and no shuttles are offered.
3 to 7 hours
Overnight, two-day trips
Trips depend on the wants and needs of the unit and, of course, river levels and weather. Scoutmasters can contact Ranger Andy to customize the trip to their needs and time requests. Both the North branch in Maryland and the South branch in West Virginia are available trips.
Resources for your trip down the Potomac River:
- USGS Stream-flow Monitor for the Potomac River at Paw Paw
- North Branch River Access Points
- Upper Potomac River Access Points
- Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin Maps
Contact Ranger Andy
Things to do near Camp Potomac
Bike or Hike the C&O Canal. Located 2.1 miles from the camp gate. Lock 70 is the closest point.
Lock 70 in Oldtown is a great place to jump on or off the C&O Canal National Park.
See links below.
Green Ridge State Forest. Trailheads as close as 5 miles enjoy 49,000 acers of State Forest for day hikes.
This is the closest trailhead to Camp Potomac.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.Steam and Diesel train rides. Located 20 minutes from camp Potomac you can enjoy a train ride up the mountain and back down. You can also take your bikes one way on the train and come back down the hill on the Great Allegany Passage trail to Cumberland.