National Parks of Maryland

There is currently sixteen official National Park Service Sites in Maryland and 6 associated sites.

Official National Parks of Maryland

  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Fort Washington Park
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Greenbelt Park
  • Hampton National Historic Site
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
  • Monocacy National Battlefield
  • Piscataway Park
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Associated Sites of Maryland

  • Baltimore National Heritage Area
  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Civil War Defenses of Washington
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
  • Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail
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Antietam National Battlefield

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Depending on where you are from, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail either starts in Mount Katahdin, Maine and ends in Springer Mountain, Georgia or starts in Springer Mountain, Georgia and ends in Katahdin, Maine. The Appalachian Trail is 2,181 miles long and passes thru 14 states.

There is 41 miles of trail in the state of Maryland.  This section of trail is some of the lowest in elevation ranging from 230 ft to 1,880 ft.  Most of the trail is in South Mountain State Park.

Every year several thousand people attempt to thru-hike the trail.  Tens of thousands of people will hike sections of the trail each year.  The trail was officially completed in 1937 but the improvement has been ongoing since then.  The trail is maintained by 31 different trail clubs and other partnerships.

Assateague Island National Seashore

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Catoctin Mountain Park

Clara Barton National Historic Site

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort Washington Park

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Greenbelt Park

Hampton National Historic Site

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

Monocacy National Battlefield

Piscataway Park

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Baltimore National Heritage Area

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is about 3,000 miles of water routes along the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The rivers are located in the following states – Washington D.C, Deleware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The water routes follow the voyages of Captain John Smith between 160 -1609. Smith produced the first maps of the region.

The much of the Historic trail is included in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.  The trail passes thru many state and local sites where you can rent canoes and kayaks.  Boat tours are offered in the bay.

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was established on December 19, 2006.

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Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a collection of over 150 parks, refuges, museums, historic communities, and water trails along the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  This network included sites in Washington D.C, Deleware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Chesapeake Bary watershed drains into the large estuary called the Chesapeake Bay.  The Chesapeake Bary is a 200-mile long bay that connects the Susquehanna River and the Atlantic Ocean.  Over 15o rivers and streams drain into the bay.  The bay ranges from 2.8 miles wide to 30 miles.  There is an estimated 11,684 miles of shoreline.

Visitors to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network can explore a range of sites and learn about the history, culture and natural importance of the area.

Photo Credit – Forsaken Fotos, CC BY 2.0

Civil War Defenses of Washington

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail is a 680-mile long Historical Trail.  The trail is sometimes known as the Washington–Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.  The route follows the road used by George Washington’s Continental Army and Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau’s Expédition Particulière took on their way from Newport, Rode Island to Yorktown, Virginia. Yorktown was the final battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail is primary an auto trail.  While the route forces on the march to Yorktown, the trail passes thru or near many other important revolutionary war sites. Maryland sites include the Thomas Stone National Historical Site.

Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail passes thru Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C, and Virginia.

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