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; fax: (410) 823-8394
    web:
    http://www.nps.gov/hamp/index.htm

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



    [photo, Red Devon Cattle, National Colonial Farm Museum, Accokeek, Maryland] CHARLES COUNTY
  • Piscataway Park
    c/o Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
    (301) 763-4600
    web:
    www.nps.gov/pisc/index.htm
  • Red Devon Cattle, National Colonial Farm Museum, Accokeek, Maryland, May 2011. Photo by Diane F. Evartt


    Established in 1957, Piscataway Park contains trails through wetlands and woods, as well as a fishing pier. Piscataway Park also includes National Colonial Farm, Accokeek, Maryland, a living history museum of life on an 18th-Century farm.
    [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; fax: (301) 271-2764
    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, Berlin (Worcester County), Maryland]

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


    [photo, Assateague Island National Seashore, Berlin (Worcester County), Maryland]

    Assateague Island National Seashore, Berlin (Worcester County), Maryland, October 2016. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


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