Best National Parks in Maryland

National parks in Maryland are some of the best the US has to offer, with some having a historical mention dating back to the Declaration of Independence and drafting of the National Anthem. But which are the best national parks in Maryland?

Fort McHenryfort mchenry

A must visit location for history fans. It was at this fort that American troops stopped the British during the 1812 Battle of Baltimore. Francis Scott would draw inspiration from the victory to compose the national anthem. More than 200 years later the fort has a lot to offer ranging from video exhibits, daily programs and walking the park. There are military displays and other demonstrations with fireworks in place.

Catoctin Mountain Park

It was reclaimed by the government during the Great Depression as a productive area an since then it has gone on to even have Camp David which is the presidential retreat home. Activities to on the park include:

  • Camping and Lodging
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnics

Assateague Island National Seashore

The island is famous for its wild horses and it is also a resting and feeding area for birds. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is also located on the island. The National Park boasts of unique recreational activities such as:

  • 4 Wheel Drives on the beach
  • Seashell Collecting
  • Clamming
  • Surf fishing
  • Beach Hiking

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trailcaptain-john-smith-chesapeake national historic trail

It is the first National Historic trail based on water. The routes are based on a voyage went by Captain John Smith in the 1600’s. Visit the park and follow the trail with Captain Smith based themes while exploring the native cultures he encountered and explore the Chesapeake Bay.

Antietam National Battlefield

Another park with a historical war, It was after the Battle of Antietam in 1862 that Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Places to visit in the park are the Visitor Center, the Dunker Church, and the National Cemetery. It’s also a great place to learn, and do other activities such as hiking and exploring.