Visit a Maryland park this weekend

The best Maryland parks

Parks are a great way to get outside and enjoy our wonderful summer weather. It’s a fun, affordable way to get fresh air and exercise – or just hang out and have a nice picnic. Here are our top three picks for the best parks in Maryland.

Catoctin Mountain Park

Next door to Camp David, this vast forest offers tons of cool mountain shade on a hot summer day, not to mention hiking trails, campgrounds, beautiful creeks, and one of the oldest fly fishing clubs in the nation.

Tuckahoe State Park

This wetlands park centers around a 60 acre lake, and features walking paths, amazing opportunities for wildlife viewing, canoeing trails, and a huge arboretum next door filled with 600 acres of native gardens. The perfect place for a relaxing getaway.

Smallwood State Park

This 650-acre park along the Potomac River used to be a farm, and now is a state park with campgrounds, some incredible fishing, including a fishing pier out into the river, a great playground, and cabins that you can rent.

Image courtesy Flickr/Wally Gobetz