Maryland's state parks are full of the activities that campers thrive on such as boating, fishing, swimming, historic sites, hunting, winter sports, and more. Here is a list of top state parks for visitors to Maryland:
Deep Creek Lake State Park- This Maryland state park receives more than 200 inches of snow in the winter and is very popular for people who want to snowmobile or cross country ski on un-groomed hills. Park officials offer horse drawn sleigh rides, and natural and cultural resources. Spring and summer visitors to Deep Creek Lake will enjoy mountain biking, exploring the park's 1,818 acres, fishing, swimming, and boating.
Elk Neck State Park - This park is home to marshlands, heavily wooded bluff and sandy beaches. The main activities at this state park is boating, camping, and swimming. Nature lovers will enjoy walking the many trails that lead to a wide variety of scenery, each revealing different types of animal and plant life.
Green Ridge State Forest- This park is a 44,000 acre forest. It's a great venue for anyone who loves the woods, hiking, and outstanding views. This park covers the mountains of Western Maryland, takes up areas of Town Hill, and goes over Polish Mountain and into Green Ridge Mountain. With more than 24 miles of backpacking trails, this park is for the curious and physically fit.
New Germany State Park- This Maryland state park is a very popular destination in the winter. With more than 12 miles of cross country ski trails, it's a winter lover's paradise. These trails pass through the forest land of Western Maryland. This park covers 455 acres and is inside Savage River State Forest-which covers 52,812 acres.
Pocomoke River State Park- This state park is a favorite destination for campers who want to soak up the great outdoors. This park has a combination of upland and swamp areas-which means it has a big variety of animal and plant life. This park offers hiking, bike trails, fishing, boat rental, boat launches, playgrounds, flat water canoeing, a swimming pool, and other unique activities.
Rocky Gap State Park - This state park is known for its beaches, swimming, fishing and impressive scenery. The focal point of this park is its 243 acre Lake Habeeb. This park offers hiking trails, some of which are very strenuous. Yet the ambitious hikers will thrive in this park and will be rewarded will wonderful views.
Camping is available at the following Maryland State Parks and Forests: Assateague State Park, Big Run State Park, Cedarville State Forest, Cunningham Falls State Park, Deep Creek Lake State Park, Elk Neck State Park, Fort Frederick State Park, Gambrill State Park, Garrett State Forest, Green Ridge State Forest, Greenbrier State Park, Janes Island State Park, Martinak State Park, New Germany State Park, Patapsco Valley State Park, Pocomoke River State Park, Pocomoke State Forest, Point Lookout State Park, Potomac State Forest, Rocky Gap State Park, Savage River State Forest, Smallwood State Park, Susquehanna State Park, Swallow Falls State Park, and Tuckahoe State Park.