Choose your adventure from from 66 state parks to hiking historical landmarks.
For being relatively small, Maryland is a remarkably diverse state in terrain, climate, and culture. The Appalachians cut through the western side of the state, creating a mountainous and forested region. On the east side, the many tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay create wetlands and marshes. Washington DC is home to numerous National Parks packed with history. Wherever you come in, you'll have a variety of exploration options in the Old Line State. If you've got kids on your camping trip, you can't go wrong with a trip to Assateague State Park on Maryland's far east side. Lovingly dubbed "Pony Island" by Marylanders, this oceanfront park is home to wild horses. Few nature experiences can compare with seeing a 100-strong herd lazily trotting through the island fog! Take a canoe into Assateague's bayside waters to discover hidden inlets. In the northeast part of the state, you'll find Elk Neck State Park, excellent for overnight camping. The eastern side of this park features over 250 campsites and multiple cabins. Close proximity to both the Chesapeake Bay and Elk River provides access to fishing, boating, and swimming. If you're looking to challenge yourself with strenuous hikes, head into hilly western Maryland. The highest point in the state is Hoye-Crest, a summit on Backbone Mountain. If you're more into cross-country hiking, you can pick up the famous Appalachian Trail here as well. Maryland's section of the A.T. is 41 miles long and relatively flat; it takes about 4 days to complete.