Janes Island State Park RV & Campground Guide

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Recent conservation efforts have succeeded in setting selected areas of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline aside as natural habitats. One of the most unique of these reserves is Janes Island State Park. What separates Janes Island from other parks is its division into two distinct parts, with 260 acres of the 3,160-acre park on the developed mainland where a conference center, campground, and rental cabins greet visitors. The other section takes up the whole of Janes Island, which is maintained in its pristine and natural state and is unapproachable except by boat, canoe, or kayak. Locals from the nearby communities of Crisfield, Pocomoke City, and Rehobeth, MD, often visit the park. Visitors from distant metropolitan areas, such as Philadelphia, often take a vacation or a weekend holiday to enjoy Janes Island State Park.

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Spring 37-75 F
Summer 65-88 F
Fall 40-80 F
Winter 29-51 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Janes Island State Park

The most pleasant stay at Janes Island State Park is inside an RV. Visitors who use an RV can throw everything they need to get through an extended camping trip inside the vehicle. In RVs, campers stay warm and safe. If you don't own an RV, check out available RVs to rent from RVshare!

Janes Island State Park Campground

The campground at Janes Island State Park offers 104 RV campsites with grated fire rings and large picnic tables. The sites are spacious, clean, and secluded. All campsites are pull-through and accept rigs up to 35 feet in length. A dump station is available, allowing RV campers to empty their waste tanks. The bathhouse showers and the restrooms with flush toilets are ADA-accessible. Visitors are welcomed at the camp store, where they can rent boats, kayaks, or canoes. Boat ramps on the mainland side of the park make it easy to launch boats of any size.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $20 to $28 per night

Castaways RV Resort and Campground

If you prefer staying at an RV campground with all the amenities, consider Castaways RV Resort and Campground. The campground lies 50 miles northeast of Janes Island State Park. There are 372 RV sites that can handle RVs of any size. Fire rings and picnic tables sit at each campsite. The resort offers four bathhouses with hot showers and restrooms with flush toilets. Laundry rooms that are attached to each bathhouse are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A hot tub is available for use by guests from 10 a.m. until sunset. Dogs live high at Castaways with two gated dog beaches and a dog wash station provided by the park. The camp store is open 24 hours per day for the use of all guests. An arcade room houses various games. Guests enjoy spacious private beaches with incredible views. A concessionaire rents boats, Jet Skis, and one pontoon boat and schedules parasailing sessions on request. After a hard day of vacationing, visitors can work out the kinks in the well-appointed fitness room.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $41 to $123 per night

Fort Whaley RV Resort and Campground

Fort Whaley RV Resort and Campground lies 48 miles northeast of Janes Island State Park. The campground has 136 RV campsites available. All the sites are spacious and well-maintained. Fire rings and picnic tables populate each site. A modern bathhouse provides hot showers and clean toilet stalls. It is open 24 hours a day for the guests' convenience. Attached to the bathhouse is a coin-operated laundry facility. For entertainment, the resort maintains a coin-operated arcade room. A mini-golf course rests beside the general store. Another exciting game is an organized 10-on-10 laser tag match.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $22 to $37 per night

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What to Do at
Janes Island State Park

Inside Janes Island State Park

Most people visit Janes Island State Park to bask in its solitude and natural beauty. Thirty miles of water trails on the park's island section lead to isolated and pristine sandy beaches. Fishing from the island's shores, or a boat anchored offshore, is one of the favorite activities that guests enjoy. The Chesapeake Bay yields a healthy crop of oysters, mussels, and crab each year to visitors as they wander the shorelines. Boating, kayaking, and canoeing between the two park sections are protected from wind and surf by the island’s landmass.

Outside Janes Island State Park

Nature preserves like Janes Island bring many visitors to the area. The region between Crisfield and Salisbury, MD, is no exception. Visitors venturing beyond the park find restaurants with unique cuisines, interesting shops, and exciting attractions such as museums, thrilling tours, and cruises. 

Restaurants

The Crab Place

In Crisfield, there is a seafood restaurant that specializes in crustaceans. At The Crab Place, visitors discover the great flavor of fresh shrimp, crab, oysters, and more.

Type: Seafood

Location: 504 Maryland Avenue, Crisfield, MD 21817

The Watermen’s Inn

The Watermen’s Inn provides a gourmet dining experience in a casual setting. All vegetables, fruits, and seafood are fresh and hand-prepared. Meats like the ribeye steaks are hand-carved on-site and sauteed, grilled, or braised to perfection.

Type: Gourmet

Location: 901 West Main Street, Crisfield, MD 21817

The Mermaid Shanty

For deep-fried seafood that tastes great, visit The Mermaid Shanty. You won’t stop eating once you start a crab cake, crab ball, deep-fried shrimp, or deep-fried oyster meal.

Type: Seafood

Location: 514 West Main Street, Crisfield, MD 21817

Shopping

The Bay Gift Vault

One of the finest souvenir houses near Janes Island State Park is The Bay Gift Vault. Walk into this store, and you find a mix of beautiful gifts, including journals, wraps, totes, and candles.

Location: 952 West Main Street, Crisfield, MD 21817

Food Lion

The Food Lion in Crisfield, MD, keeps fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats on hand for its customers. No matter when you go camping, you always need to replenish these items. Drop by and pick up what you need.

Location: 1 Jacksonville Road, Crisfield, MD 21817

The Center at Salisbury

The nearest shopping center to Janes Island State Park is The Center at Salisbury. When your needs become more than what a single store can handle, head for Salisbury. The center houses more than 100 shops, including Burlington, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Bath and Body Works.

Location: 2300 North Salisbury Boulevard, Salisbury, MD 21801

Sightseeing

Somerset County Arts Council

Stop at the Somerset County Arts Council for a glimpse of the art produced by local artists. Whether you are interested in paintings, sculpture, or photography, you will find them all here on exhibit. Don’t be shy if you like a piece; they are for sale.

Location: 26430 Burton Avenue, Crisfield, MD 21817

Tangier Island Cruises

If you like what you see at Janes Island State Park, drop by Tangier Island Cruises to book a tour of other islands in the Chesapeake Bay. The guides are well-versed in the history of the area and point out many important places where lesser-known events occurred.

Location: 1001 West Main Street, Crisfield, MD 21817

Chesapeake Ghost Tours

When it comes time for your family to do something outrageous, visit the Chesapeake Ghost Tours. They have 11 ghost walks in different historical sites up and down the eastern Maryland shore.

Location: 5775 Charles Cannon Road, Marion Station, MD 21838

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How to Get to
Janes Island State Park

Salisbury's quickest route to Crisfield is to take United States Highway 32 South (US-32 S) to Westover. Continue straight on US-32 S as it changes into Maryland Highway 413 South (MD-413 S). Continue driving on MD-413 S until you enter Crisfield. In Crisfield, turn left onto Maryland Highway 460 West (MD-460 W) at Crisfield High School. In a half-mile, turn left onto Byrd Road, and 200 feet later, turn right onto Skipjack Lane. Drive down Skipjack Lane to the park entrance.

To approach Janes Island State Park from Philadelphia, get on Interstate 676 (I-676) at Penn Square and North Broad Street. Take I-676 for one mile. Turn onto Interstate 95 (I-95) for 77 miles into Dover. Exit I-95 onto Delaware Highway 1 South (DE-1 S) until you hit Delmar, where DE-1 S turns into US-32 S, which takes you to Salisbury. Follow the Salisbury to Crisfield instructions above to get to the park.

Entering Janes Island State Park

Janes Island State Park is a day-use area that is open from 5:30 a.m. until sunset from March through November and 6:30 a.m. until sunset from December through February

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