Maryland State Parks
With the hotter months approaching (slowly, but surely), it is time to start thinking of places to go to soak up the hot, summer sun. Maryland is full of glorious parks – some with mountain views, some with beaches, and some with trails. There are a ton of parks across the state of Maryland, but these 12 State Parks are guaranteed to knock your socks off. Might be worth taking a day trip!
Patapsco Valley State Park
Location: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Extending along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, this park is nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery.
Tuckahoe State Park
Location: 13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657
Tuckahoe Creaak, a quiet country stream bordered for most of its length by wooded marshlands, runs through the length of the park. The park offers 20 miles of scenic hiking, biking and equestrian trails, flat water canoeing, hunting, picnicking, as well as a recycled tire playground for children.
Gambrill State Park
Location: 8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick MD 21702
A beautiful mountain park, located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County. Its most popular feature is the 16 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Assateague State Park
Location: 7307 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811
Assateague State Park is Maryland’s only oceanfront park. It is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. Its two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The bayside offers visitors the chance to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak. The marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and feral horses.
Seneca Creek State Park
Location: 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
The park extends 14 scenic miles along the Seneca Creek, as it winds its way into the Potomic River. Picnicking, boat rentals, trails and a tire playground are just a few of its recreational opportunities.
Deep Creek Lake State Park
Location: 898 State Park Road, Swanton, Maryland 21561
Who knew a place like this existed in Maryland? The grand lake is one of the amazing features of Deep Creek Lake State Park. It is a popular location for water sports, fishing & mountain biking.
Janes Island State Park
Location: 26280 Alfred Lawson Drive, Crisfield, MD 21817
Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Janes Island offers its visitors beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay. Within the mainland portion of the park are the campground, rental cabins and conference center, picnic areas and pavilions, and the boat ramp and marina.
Calvert Cliff State Park
Location: 10540 H. G. Trueman Road, Lusby, Maryland
The massive cliffs inspired the parks name, which dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for about 24 miles. The park features sandy beaches, recycled tire playground, and unique fossils.
Susquehanna State Park
Location: 4122 Wilkinson Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Located along the Susquehanna River valley, this park is known for its 15 mile trails, hunting, campgrounds, picnicking & much more!
South Mountain State Park
Location: 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713
South Mountain is a 40-mile long multi-use state park weaving along the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. Features include hiking, wildlife, & hunting.
Sandy Point State Park
Location: 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis MD 21409
This 786-acre park is open year-round, located along the Northwestern shore of the majestic Chesapeake Bay.
Location: 6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770
Just twelve miles from Washington, D.C., Greenbelt Park is located in suburban Greenbelt, Maryland. The park features a 174 site campground with specific site reservations, nine miles of trails, and three picnic areas.
Ok so how many of these state parks did you know existed? I think I’ve only heard of one! More important…how many of these state parks have you been to?
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