Nature September 19, 2017
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Maryland Who Loves The Outdoors
Are you always ready for an outdoor adventure? Think you’ve seen all there is to see in Maryland? Then check out our outdoor bucket list and see just how many of these natural attractions around the state you’ve actually been to.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Deep Creek Lake
Did you know that Maryland has zero natural lakes? That's right. Every single lake in the state is man-made but that doesn't make them any less impressive. Deep Creek Lake is our largest lake and it's spectacular year-round.
2. Janes Island State Park
This quiet park is located in Crisfield and there are so many hidden spots here, it's possible to find secluded areas where nobody can interrupt the scenery. If you're a kayaker, this is the place to go!
3. Assateague Island
This barrier island is inhabited by wild horses who can be seen grazing, splashing around in the waves, and even pestering local campers. The views here are truly breathtaking, especially during sunrise.
4. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Thousands of migratory birds can be spotted here at certain times of year so you'll want to bring a good pair of binoculars! The sprawling wetland sights are truly a beautiful sight to behold.
5. Calvert Cliffs State Park
Not only does this park feature remarkable cliffs, but it also has an abundance of fossils that can be found, including Megalodon teeth! This is definitely a day trip to remember.
6. Swallow Falls State Park
This state park has two of Maryland's most impressive waterfalls, including the pictured Muddy Creek Falls. Prepare for rustic sights that are only enhanced during autumn.
7. Billy Goat Trail
This just may be the most beautiful hike in all of Maryland. Billy Goat Trail's section A is a bit challenging, but the amazing views of the Potomac River are worth the effort.
8. Maryland Heights Trail
Another beautiful hike in the Old Line State is Maryland Heights Trail, which overlooks Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Once you make it to the top, you'll want to stay a while.
9. Mallows Bay
You can kayak over old WWI ships at this massive ship graveyard. The ruins are fascinating to see up close and trust me, you'll want to bring your camera.
10. Patapsco Valley State Park
There is so much to see at Patapsco Valley State Park, you could spend several days exploring all of the sites. A few favorites include the swinging bridges, Cascade Falls, St. Mary's ruins, and the abandoned town of Daniels.
11. C & O Canal
The C & O Canal stretches 184 miles from Washington DC to Cumberland. This spot is perfect for walkers, runners, or cyclists.
12. Ocean City
We couldn't make an outdoor bucket list without including Ocean City. Although this area is pretty touristy, the beach is pretty quiet in the morning and there's no better view than the sun rising over the ocean.
13. Cunningham Falls State Park
This park is home to the unique Cunningham Falls. Hike to this natural wonder and then sit upon rocks and watch the water flow down the unique twists and turns.
14. Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield is not only infused with history, but it's also a gorgeous place for a walk. Visiting Burnside Bridge is highly recommended.
15. King and Queen Seat Overlook
There are many overlooks in Maryland worth seeing but a favorite of many locals is the King and Queen Seat overlook at Rocks State Park. Sit upon this natural outcropping and take in the surrounding foliage.
The list of outdoor attractions in Maryland could go on and on. Which are YOUR favorites?
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