Ramen Outdoors at Marsden Tract Group Campground

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StartSaturday, May 13, 2023 1:00 pm
EndSunday, May 14, 2023 12:00 pm


Marsden Tract Group Campground
We are site number #3, which you can access via bike or on foot from the C&O Towpath.

Marsden Tract is separated into two stretches. Our site is accessible via the second entrance to the campground just across the Towpath from the Marsden Footbridge.

While you can drive in to drop off your stuff, overnight parking is not allowed in the small lot across the Marsden Footbridge. Overnight parking is only allowed at Carderock Recreation Area, which is only 0.7 miles away from the campsite. You do not need to pay for a permit for overnight parking here.


Join us for May's monthly campout at Marsden Tract Group Campground just 10 miles outside of DC!

This month is special, as it's both Bike Month and AAPI Month. As such, we're combining the campout and themed event to bring you Ramen Outdoors! -- like Coffee Outdoors, but with ramen.

In addition to our normal fun shenanigans, I want to specifically open up this weekend to conversations about being AAPI in the outdoors. As an Asian cyclist and outdoorsperson myself, I personally invite you to get curious!

I'll be providing your water and meals for the weekend (including instant ramen). That said, feel free to bring your own food, drinks, snacks, etc.

This campground has a water pump across the Marsden Footbridge and portable toilets.

More than that, though, our particular site is right on the Billy Goat Trail Section B, so we'll be able to squeeze in some walks and views during the weekend.

This campground is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends! Pet owners should be prepared to supervise and care for their fur babies in accordance with park regulations.

You can find out more about Marsden Tract Group Campground here: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/251544

Tickets are $20.00 to cover the cost of food, water, firewood, and reservation fees.

Interested in getting there by bike? Jun and Leah of Upshift Workshop will be leading a no-drop bikepacking trip out to Marsden Tract Campground starting at High Road Cycling in Georgetown (3210 Grace St NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007).

Rollout will be at 4pm but we'll be there starting at around 3pm to meet everyone and grab some food.

We'll hop on to the C&O Towpath and take a super leisurely 11-ish mile ride to the campground. Be prepared to be in the saddle for around 1.5-2 hours (including breaks).

All bikepackers are expected to ride with a helmet, bring along a flat kit, lights, a lock, and other essentials, and have some familiarity with riding in a group and signalling.

If you are interested but don't have bikepacking experience, reach out to Jun at juniperdarwinyoung@gmail.com directly and we'll get you set up.

We'll ride back to Georgetown in the morning, with a rollout of around noon.

Interested in volunteering with Mappy Hour? Or know somebody who would make a great Mappy Hour speaker? Let us know!


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