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Best Maryland State Parks to Visit in the Spring


Best Maryland State Parks to Visit in the Spring

Pocomoke River State Park - photo courtesy of Christina Holden

The Top Three Choices Offer Opportunities for Wildflower Viewing, Hiking, and Boating.

Pocomoke River State Park

Located in Worcester County, Pocomoke River State Park has two distinct areas: Millburn Landing, on the north side of the river on Route 364, and Shad Landing, on the south side of the Pocomoke River off Route 113. It is a 25-minute drive between the two areas. This popular park offers camping, camper cabins, hiking and biking trails, boat launch, boat rental, fishing, flat water canoeing, picnic areas, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and a swimming pool.

The park's combination of swamp and upland offers a great variety of plant and animal life, including white dogwood and pink laurel in the spring, river otters and bald eagles, and more than 50 species of fish. For further information, call 410-632-2566.

Rocky Gap State Park

The 243-acre Lake Habeeb is the primary feature of Rocky Gap State Park, which offers swimming beaches, fishing, boat rentals, camping and cabin rentals. The lake is fed by Rocky Gap Run which winds its way through an impressive mile long gorge displaying sheer cliffs, overlooks and a hemlock forest dense with rhododendron.

Hiking trails offer scenic beauty and ambitious climbs for those who like a challenge. The nearby Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort offers more pampered accommodations, as well as a swimming pool, restaurant, tennis courts, and a signature Jack Nicklaus 18-hole golf course. Park is located in Allegany County, 6 miles east of Cumberland. For further information, call 301-722-1480.

Elk Neck State Park

Located in Cecil County, Elk Neck State Park features sandy beaches, marshlands and heavily wooded bluffs rising above the Northeast River. Camping, boating, and swimming are major activities. Several trails meander through the diversified topography, revealing the great variety of plant and animal life. An easy walking trail to Turkey Point Lighthouse provides a view of the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. For further information, call 410-287-5333.

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