Nature June 30, 2017
10 Under-Appreciated State Parks In Maryland You’re Sure To Love
Maryland may be a smaller state, but it’s jam-packed with an abundance of state parks. While some tend to get all the glory, today we’re focusing on lesser known state parks that deserve the spotlight. Each one is amazingly unique in their own way and worth a visit.
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1. Gathland State Park
Unique ruins adorn this state park in found in Frederick County. The structures were built by a Civil War journalist in the 1800s so exploring here is like taking a step back in time. Read more about this spot by
Address: 900 Arnoldtown Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755
2. Washington Monument State Park
Middletown, Maryland is home to this historic park with spectacular views. Pictured here is the Washington Monument which was built in 1827 in honor of George Washington. Climb to the top and enjoy the sprawling view that stretches for miles. Find more information
Address: 6620 Zittlestown Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
3. Casselman River Bridge State Park
The centerpiece of this lovely park is the Casselman River Bridge, constructed in 1813 as part of the National Road. Vehicles can no longer access the bridge, but you're free to explore it by foot. Bring a picnic and spend a day taking in the views of the bridge and river.
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Address: 10240 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536
4. Chapman State Park
This pretty park along the Potomac River includes a 18th century mansion, rustic barns and old structures throughout the property, trails, and even a tiny cemetery. You'll want to bring your camera to capture all the details. Read more information
Address: 3452 Ferry Pl, Indian Head, MD 20640
5. St. Clement's Island State Park
To reach this island park, you must travel by water taxi from Coltons Point in Southern Maryland. This is a journey every Marylander should take at least once since this is the place of many Maryland beginnings.
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Address: Coltons Point, MD 20626
6. Purse State Park
When it comes to hunting fossils, most Marylanders think of Calvert Cliffs State Park or even Chesapeake Beach. However, you can also find prehistoric treasures, including shark teeth, at Purse State Park. Make sure to bring a bag to collect your findings.
Address: 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, MD 20658
7. Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park
The main attraction at this Cambridge state park is the sprawling pier along the Choptank River, perfect for fishermen. This spot was named after Bill Burton, a long-time advocate for the Chesapeake Bay. Visit the official park website
Address: 6 Choptank River Bridge, Trappe, MD 21673
8. Wye Oak State Park
The Wye Oak
the largest white oak tree in the US for quite some time, as well as Maryland's state tree. It was about 460 years old before its destruction from a thunder storm in 2002. Although it may seem peculiar to dedicate a park to a deceased tree, this spot holds a bit of nostalgia, always having a place in the heart of many Marylanders. Find the park website
Address: 14214 Old Wye Mills Rd, Wye Mills, MD 21679
9. Fort Frederick State Park
This 18th century fort still stands in Maryland, offering a step into the past. Explore the fort and learn about its role in the French and Indian War or if it's nature you seek, there are also campsites and nearby trails. Visit the park website
Address: 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool, MD 21711
10. Herrington Manor State Park
When it comes to Western Maryland, Deep Creek Lake and Swallow Falls State Park get all the glory. However, Herrington Manor State Park is worth exploring for its breathtaking lake view and great hiking trails. Cabins are also available to rent, making for a perfect nature-infused weekend.
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Address: 222 Herrington Ln, Oakland, MD 21550
What’s your favorite lesser known state park in Maryland? For even more state parks in the Old Line State,