MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

PARKS & RECREATION

NATIONAL PARKS IN MARYLAND

Eight of Maryland's twenty-four local jurisdictions are sites for national parks. To visitors and Marylanders alike, they make accessible historic homes, Civil War battle sites, mountain trails, and a view of the Atlantic Ocean.


[photo, Black-headed Gulls, Assateague Island National Park Seashore (Worcester County), Maryland]

Black-headed Gulls, Assateague Island National Park Seashore (Worcester County), May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


ALLEGANY COUNTY

[photo, Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland] BALTIMORE CITY
  • Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
    2400 East Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230 - 5393
    (410) 962-4290; fax: (410) 962-2500
    web:
    www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm

  • Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2000. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.



    [photo, Hampton  National Historic Site, Towson, Maryland] BALTIMORE COUNTY
  • Hampton National Historic Site
    535 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286
    (410) 823-1309
    web:
    http://www.nps.gov/hamp/index.htm

  • Hampton National Historic Site, Towson, Maryland, December 1999. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.



    [photo, Hikers in Catoctin Mountain National Park near Thurmont, Maryland] FREDERICK COUNTY
  • Catoctin Mountain Park
    6602 Foxville Road, Thurmont, MD 21788 - 1598
    (301) 663-9388
    web:
    www.nps.gov/cato/index.htm

    Created under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”, Catoctin Mountain Park has campsites, and trails for scenic hiking or horse back riding. The Park borders Cunningham Falls State Park, and offers individual and group cabins for rent.


  • Hikers in Catoctin Mountain National Park near Thurmont, Maryland, April 2004. Photo by Elizabeth W. Newell.



    [photo, Worthington Farm, Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick, Maryland] In the the Civil War, during one of the Valley Campaigns of 1864, Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early and his corps of 15,000 men crossed into Maryland and advanced towards Washington, DC. They engaged in battle with Union Major General Lew Wallace and his force of 6,550 men on July 9, 1864. Though Wallace and his men were outnumbered and eventually lost, they delayed Early's march to Washington for a day, thus allowing the Union to send reinforcements to the city. The battle thereafter was known as "The Battle that Saved Washington," and it was the last time that Confederate forces invaded the North.

    Worthington Farm, Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick (Frederick County), Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


    MONTGOMERY COUNTY

    PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY


    [photo, Bloody Lane, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland] WASHINGTON COUNTY

    Bloody Lane, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, October 2012. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


    WORCESTER COUNTY


    [photo, Assateague Island National Seashore (Worcester County), Maryland]
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
    7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811
    (410) 641-1441
    web:
    www.nps.gov/asis/index.htm

    Protecting Chincoteague Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, Assateague Island lies just south of Ocean City. The Island's multiple natural vistas include marshes, forests, and sand dune beaches. The Island offers swimming areas, nature trails, and campsites.

    Assateague Island National Seashore (Worcester County), May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


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