With so much coastline in Maryland, there are literally hundreds of waterfront spots worth seeing in person. Not to mention our powerful rivers, lakes, and other natural wonders. The following 15 spots stand out among the rest and are absolutely unforgettable. How many have you visited?
1. Calvert Cliffs State Park
Located in Lusby, this state park is one of the most scenic spots in Maryland. Take the 1.8 mile trail that includes twisting boardwalks past sprawling wetlands. When you finally arrive to the beach, you'll be greeted with views of Calvert Cliffs and you can even hunt for fossils!
2. Great Falls
Part of the mighty Potomac River, Great Falls is a picturesque spot year-round, especially during autumn. Be sure to check out the nearby Billy Goat Trail, which is one of the most unique (yet a bit challenging) hikes in the state.
3. Chesapeake City
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This waterfront town is nestled along the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Treat yourself to a relaxing weekend as you peruse the local shops, dine at the local eateries, and take in the views of the canal and bridge. There's nothing quite like it.
4. Janes Island State Park
This Crisfield park is like a dream, giving you the opportunity to kayak to secluded beaches. You can also camp here, for an overnight experience in one of the most beautiful places in Maryland.
5. St. Michaels
This little town is quaint, yet full of life. Check out the local stores, restaurants, and many events that are hosted along the main street. Christmas time is especially promising as the entire town becomes a wonderland of sorts.
6. Ocean City
We couldn't possibly create a waterfront spots list without including Ocean City. Whether you spend a day or week at this famous Maryland beach, you're sure to enjoy all that the ocean (and local attractions) has to offer.
Maryland's capital city is also pleasing to the eye. Experience the culture of this town, explore local history, or simply take in the water views. Special is an understatement.
8. Deep Creek Lake
Maryland's largest lake is a glorious attraction during summer, although you can certainly visit here year-round. Rent a cabin with a water view to awaken each day inspired. The surrounding mountains are also perfect for hiking.
9. Baltimore Inner Harbor
No matter how you feel about Baltimore, you can't deny the beauty of the Inner Harbor. There are also a plethora of things to do here, and seafood restaurants to chow down at. Treat yourself to a day in the city.
10. Rocky Gap State Park
This western Maryland park is home to the blissfully blue Lake Habeeb. Spend a day hiking the trails, enjoying the beach, kayaking, or fishing. The views here will blow you away.
11. National Harbor
The National Harbor is perfect for lovers of shopping and entertainment. The Capital Wheel is also worth giving a spin, and the view from the top is stunning. Be sure to check out this spot during the holiday season as well.
12. Assateague Island
Wild horses roam free at this Maryland beach, and it's just as dreamy as it sounds. You can also reserve a camping spot, ensuring that you start your day with curious horses and a beachy breeze. Absolutely spectacular.
13. Elk Neck State Park
This park is located on a peninsula in the northeastern region of Maryland. Visit the lighthouse, hike along the white clay cliffs, or take a dip at the beach. This is a day trip to remember.
14. Mallows Bay
While this bay may seem normal at first, it's actually filled with the remnants of abandoned World War I ships. Grab a kayak or canoe and float over the ruins for a surreal experience. This is a must-do at least once.
15. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Thousands of migratory birds make this refuge a stop during their long voyages, and it's an incredible sight to see. During quieter months, the sprawling wetland views remain peaceful.
With so many waterfront spots in Maryland, this list could go on and on… What are YOUR favorite watery spots in the Old Line State? Share below and happy exploring! 🙂