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Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial

Popular Western #Maryland State Parks Cross-Country Ski Trails

Bald Cypress, Battle Creek Swamp south of Prince Frederick, MD

Rocky Gap State Park, Allegany County, MD.

View from Oregon ridge concert shell. Located in Hunt Valley, MD. Nature center and 1,100-acre park with forest hiking trails, wildflowers, birds, animals, wildlife management pond, archaeology site, marble quarries, iron ore pits and exhibits. Also known for BSO concert on July 4 each year.

Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore County. The reservoir provides drinking water for Baltimore City and County. It was built in 1881 as a dam and water tunnel. The surrounding recreational area includes hiking trails, fishing and boating.

The most outstanding topiary garden in America is located in Harford County and features 15 thematic flower gardens on 22 acres. Historic manor house, gift shop and nature walk.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure in Derwood, MD. Scramble up cargo nets, traverse across rope bridges and take-off on zip lines 40 feet above the ground. Go Ape is an interactive treetop adventure for all skill levels. After a 30-minute training, participants are turned loose into the forest canopy for a 2-3 hour fun and exciting outdoor adventure.

Wye Island NRMA is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River.

Sandy Point, Annapolis, MD. The park’s beaches and picnic areas are well known for their breathtaking scenic water views that overlook one of Maryland’s true treasures, the Chesapeake Bay.

North Point State Park MD (Another One of my Favs, and Local too) in Baltimore County, MD

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New Germany State Park’s visitors frequently call it a “best kept secret.” This mountain gem is nestled between the 2,900 ft. Big Savage Mountain to the east and the eastern Continental Divide along Meadow Mountain to the west.

Located in Carroll County, the Morgan Run N.E.A. is comprised of approximately 1400 acres of natural area. Hiking and equestrian trails are popular. The Morgan Run is available to trout fisherman as a catch and release trout stream.

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center is located in Prince George's County. It is the wintering ground for several thousand Canada geese, the largest concentration on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Martinak State Park is located on the Choptank River and Watts Creek in Denton, MD. Modern campsites and boating access are available. Amenities include hiking trails, playground, shelters and a nature center.

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Fishing at Janes Island in Crisfield, MD.

Herrington Manor was designated as a state park in 1964, and encompasses 365 acres. The park offers swimming, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, tennis, volleyball and 20 furnished log cabins for rental use year round. Located in Oakland, MD.

Hart-Miller Island is located in the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of Middle River and is accessible only by boat. The western shore of the island offers safe mooring, wading and access to a 3,000-foot sandy beach. Bring your pets!

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Grand Opening Scheduled in Early 2013 in Dorchester County.

GUNPOWDER STATE PARK Gunpowder Falls State Park (nearly 18,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore Counties) was established to protect the stream valleys of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River, which begins at Days Cove where the Big and Little Gunpowders converge. A variety of topography exists in this long, narrow park, from tidal marshes and wetlands to steep, rugged slopes.