Updated: Jun 12, 2019
My wife and I just had the absolute best weekend camping in the Catoctin Mountains at the Old Mink Farm Recreation Resort in Thurmont MD. The beautiful sunny weather in the 70's certainly helped but I'd have to say Old Mink Farm is the best camping experience we've had in quite some time. We rented a small dog friendly cabin appropriately named Robins Nest as we are bigtime bird lovers so it was a perfect fit for us. From the time we arrived to the time we left we were in bird paradise as we could sit right at our site and see Robins, Woodpeckers, Warblers, Cardinals, Cedar Waxwings and most prevalent all weekend was the beautiful song of the Wood Thrush.
As first time campers at Old Mink Farm we weren't sure what to expect as I had only seen pictures from following their Facebook Page. The diverse bird population would've been enough to exceed our expectations, but the downhome family vibe and outstanding customer service we received the entire weekend had us reminding each other how awesome this place is. Upon arrival Friday afternoon we were greeted by welcoming smiles and made to feel right at home. When introduced to our cabin we walked in to find a small chalkboard on the kitchenette table that read Welcome Socha Family, again making us feel right at home.
The Robins Nest is situated on a nice sized plot complete with a fire pit and cooking grate as well as a covered picnic shelter to enjoy your campfire meals in the shade. High above the campsite is a canopy of 75' tall oaks and tulip poplars providing shade and a dense ecosystem for birds and other wildlife. All of that combined made for the perfect little getaway only 30 minutes from Frederick and we've been texting back and forth all day today (Monday) saying how awesome it was.
Not into birding? Have no fear there is something at Old Mink Farm for any outdoors lover to enjoy. The campground is equipped with a swimming pool, game room, horseshoe pits, nature trails, a small fishing pond, and if that's not enough Cunningham Falls is less than 10 minutes away. If you're not interested in any of those activities, I guarantee you'll have just as much fun sitting around at your peaceful campsite with the fire going while also getting to know your friendly neighbors. In the evenings they have activities such as hay rides, camp fire s'mores and cobblers where campers get together to mingle and get to know each other which creates a real communal feel.
I can't say enough great things about Old Mink Farm as it is truly a hidden gem nestled deep in the beautiful Catoctin Mountains. Don't waste your time and money on those chain campgrounds that look and feel the same wherever you go, I highly recommend Old Mink Farm and Recreation Resort for your next camping trip you will not be disappointed.