1. Seneca Creek State Park
Seneca Creek State Park is 6,300 acres along 14 miles of the beautiful Seneca Creek in Montgomery County. The gorgeous 90 acre Clopper Lake is surrounded by forests, flowers and fields and makes for a perfect spot for a picnic.
2. Mason Neck State Park
In Fairfax, Virginia, Mason Neck provides many outdoor activities for the whole family. There is miles of trails, a canoe launch, a playground and a picnic area. You can bird watch, rent bikes and explore the ponds and forest around the park.
3. Patuxent State Park
This park is along the Patuxent River in Howard and Montgomery counties. Patuxent River is popular for fishers and hunters and there are also miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, exploring the beauty of the area.
4. Sky Meadows State Park
You’ll be transported back to the past at Sky Meadows State Park. Set on historic farm land in Virginia, you can hike the 24 miles of hiking trails, bike the 9 miles of bike trails, access the Appalachian trail and learn about the post-Civil War life at year-round history programs offered by the park rangers.
5. Gambrill State Park
If you feel the draw of the mountains, head to Gambrill State Park, which is located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick, Maryland. The park has two areas: the Rock Run area and the High Knob area. The High Knob area is a three stone overlook with beautiful views of the valleys and surrounding towns. The Rock Run area has a campground, picnic area and small pond.
6. Shenandoah River State Park
In the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, the Shenandoah River State Park is right on the Shenandoah River and offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains and park land. You can camp, picnic, hike and adventure around the area.
7. Seven Bends State Park
Seven Bends is the entry to the Shenandoah Valley. Surrounded by the Massanutten Mountains, the park has acres of open fields, open fields and wild life. It’s a peaceful slice of paradise to visit.