List of MARYLAND State Parks. Map of MARYLAND State Parks

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MARYLAND State Parks

 

A National Geographic writer once referred to Maryland as "America in Miniature" because of its diverse geography It boasts mountains, rolling farmlands, marshes, swamps, cliffs along Chesapeake Bay, and sandy beaches along the Atlantic Coast.

 

Southern Maryland is nestled between the Potomac River and the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. The area has many restored historic sites, scenic waterways for excellent boating, and wonderful seafood specialties. Here you can go crabbing and fishing for white perch, pike, bass, and flounder.

 

Ocean City is famous for its 3-mile-long boardwalk, charter boats, and bountiful sport fishing. It has long been called the "White Marlin Capital of the World." Joggers and hikers have access to a 10-mile stretch of sandy beach.

 

Maryland has an 8,000-mile-long shoreline, making it the ninth longest in the U.S. Over 500 sheltered harbors provide a haven for fishermen and recreational boats. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal parallels the Potomac River and has locks, lockhouses, dams, aqueducts, mule barns, and remnants from earlier communities when the canal was active from 1828-1924. Today visitors come to hike and bicycle along the towpath, go canoeing, horseback riding, and fishing. The towpath is most accessible from Hancock, Williamsport, near the Shepherdstown bridge at Antietam Village and off Harper's Ferry Road.

 

For a unique experience, take a canal barge ride on board a replica nineteenth-century mule-drawn boat. You can board at Great Falls Tavern near Potomac, Maryland, at the C&O Canal National Historical Park. For information, call 301-299-2026.

 

Deep Creek Lake is the state's largest with 65 miles of shoreline. Lake Habeeb in Rocky Gap State Park has an extensive trail system, sailing, canoeing, and fishing.

 

Maryland is located along the Atlantic Flyway which extends from Alaska to Mexico. As a result, 5 percent of all America's continental waterfowl winter along the Chesapeake Bay shoreline and adjoining tidal marshes.

 

Thirty-seven scenic miles of the Appalachian Trail, stretching from Maine to Georgia, pass through two state parks: Washington Monument and Gathland state parks. For complete information on the trail, call 304-535-6331.

List of MARYLAND State Parks. Map of MARYLAND State Parks. Description of interesting places in MARYLAND state parks