Pax River Paradise Grove Campgrounds

Naval Airstation (Nas) Patuxent River

Visitors eligible for reservations at this location are limited to Active Duty, Reservists, Retired Military, Unremarried Widow, Veterans and Department of Defense employees. Learn more about eligible visitors and access to this military base recreation site.

A variety of recreational programs and facilities await you and your family at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, located just 55 miles south of Washington D.C. Situated at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay, this is an area rich in both American and Navy history and natural beauty. Part of the legacy of Southern Maryland may be found in the spacious, natural campsite areas aboard the installation.

• Tent Only Nonelectric

• Overnight

Need to Know

Natural Features

NAS Patuxent River Paradise Grove Campground is located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Patuxent River, offering the best views for sunrises as well as sunsets

Nearby Attractions

• Historic St. Mary's City 

• Patuxent River Air Museum

• Historic Sotterly 

• St. Clement's Island

• Point Lookout State Park

• Solomon's Island

• Navy Recreation Center Solomons 


Water lovers will find that NAS Patuxent River stretches across approximately 12 miles of shoreline offering locations to launch kayaks, stand up paddle boards, motor and sail boats, places for fishing and crabbing as well as areas for the beach lovers.   

Bicyclists will find a 10 mile paved loop within the installation as well as designated bike trails. 

MWR also has a Golf Course, Outdoor Pool, Marina, Theater, Community Recreation Office, Auto Hobby Shop and Fitness Center.

Contact Information

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 301.342.3573

Rental Options

Learn more about gear rental options for your trip

Driving Directions

From Washington D.C:

Take 295 S towards I-95/495, merge onto I-495 S, take exit 7A toward MD 5 S/ Branch Ave, turn left on to Mattawoman Beantown Road, turn left onto MD 5 S/Leonardtown Road, continue on MD 235 to NAS Patuxent River Gate 1, cedar point road

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