I hope to encourage people to get outdoors in this series of posts about
Patapsco Valley State Park
Patapsco State Park is located in Ellicott City, Maryland. It encompasses over 16,000 acres and follows 32 miles of the Patapsco River. The park is divided into 8 areas: Avalon, Glen Artney, Orange Grove, Daniels, Hilton, Hollofield, Mckeldin, and Pickall.
Throughout the park, you will find over 200 miles of trails, 70 identified as maintained trails. Some trails are multi-use, others are for hikers only. Throughout the 8 areas, you will find opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Gunpowder Falls State Park
Gunpowder Falls State Park was established to protect both the big and little Gunpowder
The Hereford area you can fish, hike, canoe, and kayak. The Torrey C.Brown rail trail extends for 19.7 miles, from Ashland, Maryland all the way to the Pennsylvania line. The Sweet Air Area is ideal for hiking and horseback riding. The central area is the oldest part of the park and great for hiking and bike riding. At Dundee Creel Marina Boat Landing you will find boat rentals, fuel, and a marina store.
Elk Neck State Park
Elk Neck State Park is located on a peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and Elk Neck River, located in Nort East Maryland, in Cecil County. It boasts over 2,000 acres of land,250 campsites, 4 youth group sites, and 19 cabins.
It provides a variety of terrain, from heavily wooded, to marshland to clay cliffs and sandy shores. Divided into 4 areas- The Turkey Point Lighthouse, North East River area, and a picnic shelter( a great day use area for swimming kayaking and fishing). The Rogue Harbor boat launch facility provides public boating, access to the Elk River and fishing piers. The Elk River camping area has 250 campsites, 19 youth cabins, park store, playground, and nature center.
Wye Oak State Park
Wye Oak State Park has 29 acres established to protect the stream valley and land from development. The state of Maryland bought the tree in 1939. The tree was declared the state tree in 1941. The 96-foot tall tree with crown spread of nearly 119 feet, covered nearly 1/3 acre. The tree, more than 460 years old, toppled on June 6, 2002 during a thunderstorm. A 1 1/2 story brick structure that dates back to Colonial times is next to where the tree stood. The schoolhouse is the second oldest one-room schoolhouse in Talbot County.
Tuckahoe State Park
Tuckahoe State Park, in Queen Ann Maryland boasts a 60-acre lake for boating and fishing. 20 acres of scenic hiking, biking, and horse trails. Canoeing, hunting in certain areas and picnic areas are available. Finally, it also has a great recycled tire playground to entertain youngsters.
These are just a few of many parks waiting in Maryland for you to