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alvert Cliffs State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/southern/calvertcliffs.asp

Calvert cliffs state park is a day-use park featuring a sandy beach, unique fossils, recycled tire playground, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails located in calvert county. the massive cliffs from which calvert cliffs sp was named dominates the shoreline of the chesapeake bay for thirty miles in calvert county and were formed over 15 million years ago when all of southern maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. when the sea receded 20-25 million years ago, marking the end of the miocene period, cliffs were exposed and began eroding. today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species including sharks, whales, rays, and seabirds that were the size of small airplanes.

Assateague State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/eastern/assateague.asp

Assateague state park is maryland's only oceanfront park. it is located on assateague island, a barrier island bordered by the atlantic ocean on the east and the sinepuxent bay on the west. its two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. the bayside offers visitors the chance to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak. the marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and feral horses.

Big Run State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/bigrun.asp

Situated at the mouth of the savage river reservoir, big run state park is the perfect base camp from which to enjoy the surrounding savage river state forest. campers at big run have easy access to fishing, boating, hiking or hunting opportunities. autumn visitors have a spectacular view of the changing colors on the surrounding mountain ridges.

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/eastern/choptankpier.asp

On july 22, 2009 the board of public works approved the naming of the choptank river fishing piers in honor of bill burton, a reporter, writer and fisherman who has for more than 50 years chronicled outdoor opportunities for maryland citizens. the bill burton fishing pier state park offers a perfect tribute to bill's life and work - the pier is a destination fishing spot for anglers, and a popular access point for many working families of maryland - and he was instrumental in preserving the choptank river bridge for a fishing pier when the new bridge was constructed.

Casselman River Bridge State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/casselman.asp

Casselman river bridge state park is a 4-acre parcel located east of grantsville in garrett county on u.s. route 40. it is a popular area for fly fishermen, photographers, and history enthusiasts. when the 80-foot span was erected in 1813, it was the longest single span stone arch bridge in the united states. skeptics predicted that the bridge would collapse once the supporting timbers were removed - yet the bridge stood, serving as an important link on the national road from 1813 to 1933. although the bridge no longer carries vehicular traffic, it is open to pedestrians.

Cedarville State Forest

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/southern/cedarville.asp

The piscataway indian tribe made this section of southern maryland its winter camping ground because of the mild climate and abundance of game. legend says there is an indian burial ground in cedarville state forest, but to date it has not been found. the headwaters of the zekiah swamp are located in cedarville. the swamp extends southward through charles county for 20 miles, emptying into the wicomico river. the swamp is one mile wide, and serves as a haven for wildlife. the surrounding land is mostly agricultural fields. in colonial times and there after efforts were made to drain the swamp for cultivation. drainage ditches are still evident. to this day, the swamp remains wooded bottom land.

Chapel Point State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/southern/chapelpoint.asp

Chapel point state park is located on the beautiful port tobacco river, a tributary of the potomac river. chapel point is an undeveloped multi-use park that boasts a waterfront that offers excellent fishing.

Chapman State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/southern/chapman.asp

Preserved in 1998 by the state of maryland's program open space (pos), chapman state park stretches from the potomac river to mattawoman creek, in western charles county. the park is a dramatic reminder of the great woodlands that once cradled the potomac tidewater region.

Cunningham Falls State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/cunningham.asp

Cunningham falls state park is located in the picturesque catoctin mountains. it is divided into two separate but unique areas. the william houck area located three miles west of thurmont on route 77 has the lake area, falls and camping area. the manor area off route 15 three miles south of thurmont has the scales and tales aviary, camping and the historic catoctin iron furnace.

Dan's Mountain State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/dansmountain.asp

Dan's mountain state park is located in allegany county. the park can be accessed off i-68 at exit 34 by traveling south on maryland route 36 for approximately six miles. dan's mountain state park serves as a day use seasonal recreational facility that covers 481 acres and offers a wide variety of wildlife, mountain streams, overlooks and scenic beauty. the park is located on a 16-mile long mountain that takes its name from daniel cresap, one of the first settlers in allegany county.

Deep Creek Lake NRMA

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/deepcreeknrma.asp

The lake management office is located on brant road just past the park headquarters. information about buffer strip use and lake regulations can be obtained by calling 301-387-4111. annual permits for use of waters of the lake and shoreline are issued to property owners who adjoin the state property. the state property around the lake is commonly called the buffer strip.

Deep Creek Lake State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/deepcreek.asp

Most of the parks visitor services are located on state park road along the waterfront of deep creek lake. the park includes approximately 1 mile of shoreline on this, maryland's largest man-made lake. access is available for fishing, swimming, and boat launching. several picnic areas offer excellent views of the lake with easy access to the beach and other facilities. for more information check out our park map.

Elk Neck State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/central/elkneck.asp

Elk neck is your year-round, travel destination to connect with the vast landscapes and waters of the chesapeake bay. the park boasts 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands, and heavily wooded bluffs overlooking the north east river, the elk river and the chesapeake bay. as a result, there are several journeys you can take while in the park.

Fair Hill NRMA

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/central/fairhill.asp

Fair hill is a 5,633 acre natural resources management area, where multiple management practices are employed for the maximum use and protection of maryland's natural resources. bordered by pennsylvania to the north and less than one half mile west of delaware, fair hill is known for its pristine fields, woodlands and natural beauty.

Fort Frederick State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/fortfrederick.asp

American history from the colonial period to the present can be discovered at fort frederick state park. our 585 acre park features a unique stone fort that served as marylandís frontier defense during the french and indian war. the fort's stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. historic exhibits are in the fort, barracks, ccc museum and visitor center. the park annually holds programs such as artillery firings, junior ranger, colonial childrenís day and the 18th century market fair. the park borders the potomac river, and the chesapeake and ohio canal passes through the park. the park also features a boat launch, campsites, camp store, fishing, flat water canoeing, a hiking trail, interpretive and educational programs, picnicking, a playground, and a shelter. for more information on facilities, hours, and programs please contact the visitor center. view the fort frederick state park calendar of events for 2011.

Gambrill State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/gambrill.asp

Gambrill state park is a beautiful mountain park, located on the ridge of the catoctin mountains in frederick county. the park has two areas for family activities, the rock run area and the high knob area. the rock run area has a campground, a picnic area, and a small pond. the high knob area has a picnic area, three stone overlooks, three picnic shelters, and a large stone lodge, called the tea room. the overlooks provide breath-taking views of the frederick and middletown valleys. the picnic shelters and the tea room can be rented for special events. the park also has 16 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Gathland State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/gathland.asp

Gathland state park was once the mountain home of george alfred townsend, a civil war journalist. in the late 1800's, gathland featured a unique collection of buildings and structures designed and constructed by townsend. two of the structures, the main hall and lodge, were partially restored in the 1950's. a large stone monument dedicated to the memory of civil war correspondents is the outstanding attraction of this day-use park. the appalachian national scenic trail traverses the park and passes the monument base.

Greenbrier State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/greenbrier.asp

Greenbrier is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation. the appalachian trail passes through the park. the 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. as with most of maryland's state parks, a park map is available at the park office.

Greenwell State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/southern/greenwell.asp

Greenwell is a 596-acre state park located on the patuxent river in st. mary's county, maryland. in 1971, john phillip greenwell, jr. and his sister, mary wallace greenwell, donated their 166.6 acre farm to the state of maryland for use as a public park for everyone. the state subsequently purchased the adjacent 430-acre bond property and joined the two to form the existing park. the park is managed in partnership with The Greenwell Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing outdoor accessible recreation.

Gunpowder Falls State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/central/gunpowder.asp

Gunpowder falls state park (nearly 18,000 acres in harford and baltimore counties) was established to protect the stream valleys of the big and little gunpowder falls and the gunpowder river, which begins at days cove where the big and little gunpowders converge. a variety of topography exists in this long, narrow park, from tidal marshes and wetlands to steep, rugged slopes.

Harriet Tubman State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/eastern/tubman.asp

To commemorate the life of a true american hero and historical icon, the maryland park service is opening a new state park in dorchester county dedicated to harriet tubman. the park is slated to open by 2013, one hundred years after the passing of harriet tubman. the park is a direct response to the growing interest by local, regional and national stakeholders and relatives of harriet tubman to share the life and legacy of the underground railroadís most famous conductor in her beloved homeland on marylandís eastern shore.

Hart-Miller Island State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/central/hartmiller.asp

Hart-miller island is located in the chesapeake bay near the mouth of middle river and is accessible only by boat. the western shore of the island offers safe mooring, wading and access to a 3,000-foot sandy beach.

Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/tawesgarden.asp

Representations of the stateís various geographic areas are featured in this five-acre garden. they include a western maryland forest, a streamside environment and an eastern shore peninsula. in addition, the barrier-free garden contains pleasant ponds; a raised planter with plants of varied textures, tastes and fragrances; and many cultivated plantings.

Herrington Manor State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/western/herrington.asp

Located within garrett state forest in garrett county, herrington manor state park's development began in the 1930's with the aid of the civilian conservation corps. a 53-acre lake was formed by damming herrington creek, and ten cabins were erected on a wooded knoll above the lake.

Janes Island State Park

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov//publiclands/eastern/janesisland.asp

Located near crisfield on marylandís eastern shore, janes island state park offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty and bounty of the chesapeake bay. within the mainland portion of the park are the campground, rental cabins and conference center, picnic areas and pavilions, and the boat ramp and marina.
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