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National and State Parks

Get in touch with the lives of great Americans like Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton and Thomas Stone. See historic places like Antietam and Fort McHenry where the very course of history was changed. Lose yourself in one of a kind landscapes like Assateague, Sandy Point and Blackwater. History, culture, and the remarkable beauty of nature are at your fingertips in Maryland’s State and National Parks. 

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Antietam was the site of the single bloodiest day of fighting on American soil.

1 Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
301-432-5124


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Assateague Island Surf Fishing

2 Assateague Island State Park and National Seashore, Berlin

Want to live on the edge? Visit a place re-created each day by ocean wind and waves. Life on Assateague Island has adapted to an existence on the move. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
7206 National Seashore Ln
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-1441


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Capt. John Smith Trail at Piscataway Park Photo By: Accokeep Foundation

3 Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith’s trail travels the remarkable route of the 17th-century Chesapeake journey. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay!

Learn more about the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway here...

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4 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years, the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural and recreational treasures.


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Location:
1850 Dual Hwy., Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-4200


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Clara Barton House Photo By: Clara Barton House

5 Clara Barton National Historic Site, Glen Echo

Clara Barton dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need—both at home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies. Glen Echo was her home for the last 15 years of her life and the structure illustrates her dedication and concern for those less fortunate than herself.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
5801 Oxford Rd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
301-320-1410


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Be inspired at this important War of 1812 site and birthplace of The National Anthem. Photo By: Ken Stanek Photography

6 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore

By the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."


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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-962-4290


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Portrait of Harriet Tubman

7 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument and Scenic Byways, Cambridge

Harriet Tubman was a deeply spiritual woman who lived her ideals and dedicated her life to freedom. She is the Underground Railroad’s best known conductor and in the decades before the Civil War repeatedly risked her life to guide nearly 70 enslaved people to new lives of freedom in the North. Tubman would recognize the landscapes protected in this new national monument on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Learn more about the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway here

Monocacy Battlefield Sign Photo By: Frederick County Tourism

8 Monocacy National Battlefield, Monocacy

In the summer of 1864, General Jubal Early led Confederate forces towards Washington, D.C. and threatened to capture the capital city. On July 9, Union troops under General Lew Wallace met Early's forces on the banks of the Monocacy. At Monocacy National Battlefield, visitors can experience this and other stories of the past in a landscape that has changed little since the 19th century.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
4632 Araby Church Rd
Frederick, MD 21704
301-662-3515


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Thomas Stone National Historic Site Photo By: Thomas Stone National Historic Site

9 Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Port Tobacco

Prior to the Revolutionary War, Thomas Stone led a very comfortable life as a planter and lawyer. After realizing war with Great Britain was inevitable, he risked everything he held dear—life, fortune, and sacred honor—to safeguard American rights. To that end, Thomas Stone became one of 56 men to sign one of the most important documents in World History: the Declaration of Independence.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
6655 Rose Hill between Rts 225 and 6
Port Tobacco, MD 20677
301-392-1776


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Enjoy the amazing sunrises on Maryland's coast from Sandy Point State Park. Photo By: Maryland Office of Tourism

10 Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis

Known for the famous Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics, Sandy Point is 786 gorgeous acres of woodland and sandy beach at the western foot of the Bay Bridge. Swim, fish or just relax and wait out the holiday traffic at this Maryland favorite!


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Type:
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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy.
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-974-2149


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Birds at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

11 Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Sprawling across more than 40 square miles on the lower Chesapeake Bay, with open vistas, lush, coastal ecosystems, and pristine waters, Blackwater is a true world treasure. Rent a kayak and explore the water trails on this hub of the Atlantic Flyway where bald eagles dot the sky like pigeons in a park and tens of thousands of ducks and geese cross the sun like great living clouds. 


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Type:
Outdoor Recreation


Location:
2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-2677


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Parks & Nature Photos & Videos

Canoeing at Tuckahoe State Park
Tuckahoe State Park has a 60-acre lake and creek for paddling and 15 miles of multi-use trails.
Photo By: VisitMaryland.org
Kayaking at Deep Creek Lake
Kayakers at Deep Creek Lake
Photo By: Maryland Office of Tourism
Swallow Falls State Park
This state park near Oakland will treat you to incredible views of mountains plus a 53-foot waterfall. Photo: Natural Artistry
Photo By: ​Natural Artistry
The Great Falls Tavern area of the C&O Canal features an overlook of the Great Falls of the Potomac.
The Great Falls Tavern area of the C&O Canal features an overlook of the Great Falls of the Potomac.
Sunset at Elk Neck State Park
Beaches, marshlands and wooded bluffs comprise this peninsula at the headwaters of Chesapeake Bay.
Photo By: Mitch Lebovic
Turkey Trek 5 K at Pemberton Historical Park annual poster
Turkey Trek 5 K at Pemberton Historical Park annual poster
Photo By: Courtesy of Pemberton Historical Park
Trout Stocking by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Video

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