Description - Maryland is a wonderful state for recreation because there is so much to do and it is so close together. From the snow-crested mountains in Western Maryland to the sun-drenched beaches on the coast, vacationer will find year-round opportunities for outdoor refreshment.
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Muddy Creek Waterfalls
- Maryland State Forests and Parks satisfy all outdoor recreation tastes. If you enjoy hiking, you'll find beautiful rolling mountains to sandy shores, a wondrous terrain suited for the beginner as well as the advanced hiker with plenty of history and nature to enjoy along the way. If you enjoy paddling sports, an abundance of water trails along pristine paths provide views of lush native water plants and migrating birds. Enjoy the thrill of dirt bike ways? Maryland offers over a dozen long-distance trails. Like overnight stays in the outdoors? The forests and parks are full of wonderful campgrounds, many of which offer nature centers, museums, nature walks, and campfire programs. And what would Maryland be with its fishing opportunities. From the novice to the expert, anglers find an array of choice locations from mountain lakes to the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. There is everything from coldwater fishing to estuary crabbing to saltwater deep-sea fishing. Equestrians are not forgotten in Maryland; horseback riding is rooted deep in the state. Shady glens and peaceful trails have a legion of repeat users. Hunting is also popular in the state, but is restricted. Five state forests permit ORV use: Garrett, Potomac, Green Ridge Savage, and Pocomoke. When the temperatures turn cold, residents and visitors alike do not hibernate in Maryland. Instead they brave the freezing air and white powder to cross-country skiing, ice-skate and even snowmobile.
Park Passes: Golden Age Passes are available free to senior citizens 62 years of age and older. This entitles them to free use of the day use facilities and half-price camping Sundays through Thursdays. The All Seasons Pass is a $60 one-year pass. It entitles the bearer to free use of the day use facilities including boat launches. In September, the All Seasons Pass drops to $30. It expires on December 31st.
All Maryland State Forests and Parks are "trash free."
Recreation - Maryland State Forests and Parks amenities include multi-use trails, boating and paddling opportunities, camping and cabin areas, fishing and swimming waters, historic sites, hunting grounds, picnic groves, and winter sporting possibilities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.
Each travel region in Maryland hosts state forests and parks.