Cedarville State Forest
Route 301 & Cedarville Road. Brandywine, Maryland.
This state forest features more than 15 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Cedarville Pond offers freshwater fishing. Campgrounds are available for families and groups.
Cosca Regional Park
11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, Maryland.
The 690-acre park has picnic areas and shelters, a tram train, tennis courts, a lake with boating and fishing, a boathouse, playgrounds, an equestrian trail, hiking trails, 25 campsites, athletic fields, the Cosca Tennis Bubble (with four lighted tennis courts) and Clearwater Nature Center, which offers a variety of interpretive programs and special events.
Fairland Regional Park in Laurel
13950 Old Gunpowder Road Laurel, Maryland.
With 150 acres of parkland surrounding the recreational facilities, the Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex includes a gymnastics center, racquetball courts, a weight training center, the Fairland Tennis Bubble, outdoor tennis courts, volleyball courts, and a 50-meter indoor swimming pool. Also on the property is the Gardens Ice House, an indoor skating rink.
Fort Washington National Park
13551 Fort Washington Road. Fort Washington, Maryland.
This 341-acre national park located on the Potomac River contains a fort that was built in 1809, destroyed during the War of 1812 and rebuilt in 1824. There's also a visitor's center, auditorium, trails and picnic facilities. Interpretive history tours are available.
6565 Greenbelt Road. Greenbelt, Maryland.
This 1100-acre park is located just 13 miles from the heart of Washington, DC and has the closest campgrounds to the nation’s capital. There are 10 miles of hiking trails and three picnic areas.
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center
11704 Fenno Road. Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Almost 2,000 acres of land serve as a wildlife sanctuary providing habitats for a variety of birds and mammals. This is a wintering ground for thousands of Canada geese. The Visitor Center features exhibits on native wildlife, with emphasis on the history and management of Canadian geese. The park also has eight miles of trails for hiking and bird watching and a four-mile self guided driving tour.
National Colonial Farm - Piscataway National Park
3400 Bryan Point Rd. Accokeek, Maryland.
This is a National Park Service site that features seven miles of riverfront across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon. The property was bought to protect the view from Mount Vernon. It serves as an 18th century living-history museum with interpretative programs, nature trails and other research projects. Other features include a public fishing pier, hiking trails, and Indian burial grounds.
National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. Laurel, Maryland.
The national science and environmental education center offers educational programs, guided tours and opportunities for wildlife observation. Special programs include children’s games, crafts, trail walks, wildlife demonstrations and more.
Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm
Oxon Hill Road (MD 414), Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The national park was a plantation home during the War of 1812 and is part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Through hands on activities and living history programs, visitors learn about early 19th century farm life. You can explore on your own and see farm equipment, historic structures, and a barnyard or participate in special activities and demonstrations.
Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road. Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
The park offers a wide range of recreation facilities for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and camping. Seven historic buildings are on site that make up the Patuxent Rural Life Museums: The Duvall Tool Museum, the Blacksmith Shop, the Farriar and Tack Shop, a Tobacco Farming Museum, and the 1880 Duckett Log Cabin. Visitors can explore the rural heritage of southern Prince George's County through the exhibits and special programs.
Walker Mill Regional Park
8840 Walker Mill Road. District Heights, Maryland.
Much of this 470-acre park is undeveloped parkland. The recreational facilities include athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playround, picnic area, and a walking trail.
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive. Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Park with playgrounds, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, Watkins Nature Center, the Chesapeake Carousel, Old Maryland Farm, the Watkins Regional Park miniature train, Watkins Miniature Golf Course, softball, football and soccer fields, basketball courts, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and 34 campsites.
For parks in Montgomery County, see Page 1
For parks in Frederick County, see Page 2