There are tons of stunning parks located in the Old Line State, all of which you can visit year-round. It’s difficult to choose a favorite because they’re all so different. Some have mountain views, some have beaches, and some are full of hidden trails. Here are 11 state parks in Maryland that won’t disappoint.
1) Patapsco Valley State Park
This park extends 32 miles, covering parts of Howard, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel Counties. It contains streams, waterfalls, viaducts, bridges, and is just all-around amazing.
2) Tuckahoe State Park
Tuckahoe State Park is located in Caroline and Queen Anne's Counties. The scenic lake is perfect for fishing and boating and there are also plenty of trails for land lovers.
3) Gambrill State Park
Located in Frederick County, this state park offers some of the most amazing views in Maryland.
4) Assateague State Park
This park in Worcester County is adored by all creatures.
5) Seneca Creek State Park
This park is a gem in Montgomery County, containing 50 miles of trails and a 27-hole disc golf course.
6) Deep Creek Lake State Park
The grand lake in Garrett County is only one of the features of Deep Creek State Park. This park is a popular location for water sports, fishing, and mountain biking.
7) Calvert Cliffs State Park
Calvert County is home to Calvert Cliffs State Park. It's known for - you guessed it - the cliffs. This is also a notable location to go fossil hunting.
8) Janes Island State Park
Over in Somerset County you can find Janes Island State Park. The calm water here is great for kayaking and canoeing.
9) South Mountain State Park
South Mountain State Park spans parts of Washington and Frederick Counties. It also contains Maryland's 40-mile section of the Appalachian Trail, and the views are breathtaking.
10) Susquehanna State Park
This beautiful park is located in Harford County. It's a popular spot for fishing and camping.
11) Sandy Point State Park
Located in Anne Arundel County, this sandy park is the perfect place for a summer day trip. This park also hosts the annual Polar Bear Plunge in the winter. Brrrr!
How many of these parks have you been to? Do you have a favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments!