Mason & Dixon
On this easy-going drive along country vistas just south of the Pennsylvania border, prepare yourself for historical encounters, recreational endeavors and life “down on the farm.”
Built in 1797 and now a museum, Union Mills has a remarkable history. It was a stopping point for Confederate forces on the march towards Gettysburg, then became headquarters for Union General James Barnes after the invaders retreated. The working grist mill offers a fascinating window into centuries-old technology.
Harkins to Appleton
Including MD 136, US 1 & MD 273
Farms in this rural area are known for their hayrides, corn mazes and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Spanning the Lower Susquehanna River in Conowingo is one of the nation’s largest hydroelectric generating stations. Below the dam, you just might spy a bald eagle soaring overhead while you enjoy some of the best small-mouth bass fishing in the country.
Up the road, Rising Sun offers a variety of fun options such as a vineyard, NHRA-sanctioned dragway and Plumpton Park Zoo. In the northeastern-most corner of the state, the 5,633-acre Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area offers trout fishing, hiking and equestrian trail riding, as well as turf-course horse racing held on Memorial Day weekend.
Mason-Dixon Crownstones mark the boundary lines between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and between Maryland and the western border of Delaware.
Off MD 24, Eden Mill Nature Center and Park sits on the edge of Deer Creek, an officially designated “Scenic and Wild River.” The centerpiece of the property is a restored mill, serving as the launching point for canoe trips, hikes and nature programs. For a completely different experience, the Hollywood Casino is found just off I-95 near the eastern bank of the Susquehanna River in Perryville. It features 1,500 Vegas-style slot machines.
At Rocks State Park, a popular, 190-foot rock-climbing cliff ascends to a formation known as the King and Queen Seat, which was once a ceremonial gathering place for the Susquehannock Nation of Native Americans.