Monthly Campout: Marsden Tract Group Campsite

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StartSaturday, July 15, 2023 1:00 pm
EndSunday, July 16, 2023 12:00 pm


Marsden Tract Group Campsite
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.


Mappy Hour's theme for July is water, and what better way to celebrate it than to spend a weekend on the Potomac River?

We're heading back to Marsden Tract Group Campsite, site 3, just 10 miles outside of DC!

I'll be providing your water and meals for the weekend. 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:

Tickets are $25.00 to cover the cost of food, water, firewood, and reservation fees.

Interested in getting there by bike? Jun 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 noon, but I'll be there starting at around 10:30am - 11:00am 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 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!

Health and Safety

This event will be cancelled or postponed if inclement weather is expected. Registered attendees will be notified via email of any changes to the event asap.