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13 of 14 Types of Maryland Recreational Facilities--State Parks
Ivan Gillis
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Maryland State Parks

Name  

Area[1]  

River / lake / other

Image  

Remarks  

Assateague State Park

855 acres

346 ha

Atlantic Ocean

Horses in marshland

Barrier island with swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing

Big Run State Park

300 acres

120 ha

Savage River Reservoir

River flowing over rocks

Camping, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, picnicking

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park

26 acres

11 ha

Choptank River

 

Fishing, hiking, cycling

Calvert Cliffs State Park

1,311 acres

531 ha

Chesapeake Bay

Cliffs overlooking water

Fossil hunting, hiking trails, fishing, hunting, picnicking, youth group camping, playground, shelters.

Casselman River Bridge State Park

4 acres

1.6 ha

Casselman River

Single-arch stone bridge over river water

Historic bridge; popular fishing location

Chapel Point State Park

821 acres

332 ha

Port Tobacco River

Park signage

Largely undeveloped; features fishing and hunting

Chapman State Park

829 acres

335 ha

Potomac River

Mount Aventine

Home of Mount Aventine; fishing, hunting, hiking trails

Cunningham Falls State Park

6,077 acres

2,459 ha

Big Hunting Creek

Water coursing over grey rocks

Includes the Catoctin Furnace; features boating, fishing, swimming, playground, trails, hunting, and picnicking.

Dans Mountain State Park

482 acres

195 ha

   

Olympic-sized swimming pool with waterslide and refreshment stand; fishing, hiking, picnic areas, playground, pavilions

Deep Creek Lake State Park

1,818 acres

736 ha

Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake State Park Pier

Boating and fishing on Maryland's largest man-made lake, camping, hunting, hiking trails

Elk Neck State Park

2,191 acres

887 ha

Chesapeake Bay

Turkey Point Lighthouse.jpg

Home of Turkey Point Light; beach, picnicking, seasonal convenience store, camping, cabins, nature center, trails for hiking and biking, hunting, various water sports

Fort Frederick State Park

722 acres

292 ha

Potomac River,
Big Pool Lake

Stonewall fortifications

Stone fortification built by colonial Province of Marylandfrom the French and Indian War (1754-1763); visitors center, picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking, camping

Fort Tonoloway State Park

26 acres

11 ha

   

Undeveloped

Franklin Point State Park

477 acres

193 ha

Chesapeake Bay

 

Undeveloped

Gambrill State Park

1,191 acres

482 ha

 

Pond with trees

Picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing pond, camping

Gathland State Park

140 acres

57 ha

 

Stone monument

Former estate of George Alfred Townsend; museum, visitors center, picnicking, hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Greenbrier State Park

1,407 acres

569 ha

Greenbrier Lake

Sunset over lake waters

Swimming, fishing, boating, boat rental, camping, camp store, hiking, picnicking, playground, Appalachian Trail

Greenwell State Park

596 acres

241 ha

Patuxent River

Gray barn

Historic Rosedale Manor House; picnicking, swimming, non-motorized boating, hiking, equestrian and cycling trails, fishing, hunting

Gunpowder Falls State Park

14,823 acres

5,999 ha

Gunpowder River,
Dundee Creek

Red barn

Multiple non-contiguous recreational areas: Picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, hunting, various water sports

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park

17 acres

6.9 ha

 

Visitors center

Dedicated to the life and work of abolitionist and Underground Railroad activist Harriet Tubman; opened in 2017

Hart-Miller Island State Park

244 acres

99 ha

Back River
Chesapeake Bay

Dike, Hart-Miller Island State Park

Accessible only by boat; 3,000-foot (910 m) sandy beach

Herrington Manor State Park

365 acres

148 ha

Herrington Creek

 

Swimming, non-motorized boating, picnicking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, cabins

Janes Island State Park

3,160 acres

1,280 ha

Chesapeake Bay

Waterway

Visitors center, conference center, picnicking, cabins, camping, camp store, various water sports

Jonas Green State Park

6 acres

2.4 ha

Severn River

Sunset and water

Leased to Anne Arundel County

Love Point State Park

76 acres

31 ha

Chesapeake Bay

 

Undeveloped

Martinak State Park

105 acres

42 ha

Choptank River,
Watts Creek

Signage and scenery

Fishing, camping, boating, hiking, nature center

Matapeake State Park

21 acres

8.5 ha

Chesapeake Bay

 

Beach; leased by Queen Anne's County

Matthew Henson State Park

100 acres

40 ha

 

Elevated pathway

Greenway for hiking and biking

New Germany State Park

483 acres

195 ha

   

Swimming, fishing, picnicking, boat launch, boat rental, canoeing, camping, cabins, hiking trail, cross-country skiing, nature center

Newtowne Neck State Park

794 acres

321 ha

Potomac River

 

Non-motorized boating, hiking, picnicking, fishing

North Point State Battlefield

9 acres

3.6 ha

Back River,
Patapsco River

 

Preserves undeveloped land where War of 1812's Battle of North Point in the larger Battle of Baltimore on September 12th, 1814 (Defenders Day) was fought with the invading British Army.

North Point State Park

1,328 acres

537 ha

Back River,
Patapsco River,
Chesapeake Bay

Elevated pathway

Former site of the Bay Shore Amusement Park; visitors center, swimming, hiking and biking trails, pier and shore fishing, picnicking

Palmer State Park

590 acres

240 ha

Deer Creek

 

Undeveloped; hiking, fishing, canoeing

Patapsco Valley State Park

14,340 acres

5,800 ha

Upper Patapsco River

Curving, multi-arched bridge

Hiking, horseback and mountain bike trails, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, camping, historical touring

Patuxent River State Park

6,703 acres

2,713 ha

Patuxent River

 

Hunting, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

Pocomoke River State Park

916 acres

371 ha

Pocomoke River

 

Visitors center, swimming pool, biking and hiking trails, boat launch, boat rental, fishing, flat water canoeing, camping, camp store, picnicking

Point Lookout State Park

1,079 acres

437 ha

Chesapeake Bay,
Potomac River

Tall monument

American Civil War prisoner-of-war camp museum/Marshland Nature Center, swimming, picnicking, boat launch, boat rental, camping, cabins, camp store, fishing, canoeing, hiking trails, hunting

Rocks State Park

1,060 acres

430 ha

Deer Creek

Rocky outcroppings

Fishing, hiking, picnicking, wading, canoeing and tubing, bow hunting, rock climbing, repelling

Rocky Gap State Park

3,119 acres

1,262 ha

Lake Habeeb

Lake Habeeb

Boating, camping, fishing, hiking

Rosaryville State Park

1,039 acres

420 ha

   

Mount Airy Mansion; trails for hiking, biking and equestrians

Sandy Point State Park

786 acres

318 ha

Chesapeake Bay

Thin peninsula and blue waters

Swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, picnicking, windsurfing

Seneca Creek State Park

6,313 acres

2,555 ha

Seneca Creek

Lake with fall foliage

Black Rock Mill, Seneca Schoolhouse; boating, fishing, picnicking, disc golf

Smallwood State Park

984 acres

398 ha

Mattawoman Creek

Brick home

"Smallwood's Retreat" historic site; marina, picnicking, camping, nature trails

South Mountain State Battlefield

2,431 acres

984 ha

   

Civil War historic site of Battle of South Mountain in the Maryland Campaign, September 1862

South Mountain State Park

7,368 acres

2,982 ha

 

Green vista

Runs the length of South MountainAppalachian Trail; contiguous with other national, state and local parks

St. Clement's Island State Park

62 acres

25 ha

Potomac River

Lighthouse and large cross

Only accessible by boat; reconstructed lighthouse, memorial to first Marylanders landing March 25th, 1634 (Maryland Day); hiking, picnicking, fishing

St. Mary's River State Park

2,643 acres

1,070 ha

St. Mary's Lake

 

Hiking, horseback and biking trails, picnicking, boat launch, canoeing, fishing, hunting

Susquehanna State Park

2,753 acres

1,114 ha

Susquehanna River,
Upper 
Chesapeake Bay

Wide waterfall through trees

Rock Run Historical Area; fishing, camping, picnicking, boating, hiking trails

Swallow Falls State Park

257 acres

104 ha

Youghiogheny River

Tumbling waters in winter

Camping, hiking, picnicking, nature programs

Tuckahoe State Park

3,929 acres

1,590 ha

Tuckahoe Creek

 

Hiking, biking and equestrian trails, canoeing, picnicking, camping, cabins, hunting, archery

Washington Monument State Park

191 acres

77 ha

 

Barrel-shaped stone monument

1827 stone monument to first President George Washingtonby citizens of nearby Boonsboro; picnicking, hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Wills Mountain State Park

357 acres

144 ha

 

Valley vista

Undeveloped

Wye Oak State Park

29 acres

12 ha

 

Massive speading oak tree

Site of celebrated oak tree lost in 2002; picnicking

 

Other Sites of Interest

 

San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca

www.ellengillisart.com

 

Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents

www.lsmdirectory.com

 

Silly Service—38 years of Federal Civil Service Overview (A book in progress)

www.ivanegillis.com

 




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