With the school year ending and summer in full swing, families across Maryland and here in Baltimore County are filling up their calendars with trips to the beach, weekend getaways, camps, and so much more. While we tend to live in an age where over programming and packed schedules are the norm, for many hard working parents, the barriers to taking a vacation and enrolling the kids in programs – whether financial or other – is a difficult reality.
As community groups, non-profits and local governments across the country continue to work to provide more convenient and affordable opportunities for families, there is a tremendous resource available right at our fingertips: The Maryland State Park System.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the agency responsible for maintaining the 95,000+ acres that cover State parks, as well as other environmental areas, rail trails and State battlefields.
In Baltimore County alone, we boast 7 terrific and accessible parks, including:
- Gunpowder Falls State Park (Kingsville)
- Hart-Miller Island State Park
- North Point State Battlefield (Dundalk)
- North Point State Park (Edgemere)
- Patapsco Valley State Park (headquarters, Ellicott City)
- Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area (Owings Mills)
- Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (Kingsville)
Sometimes the best kept secret is where you least expect it. Consider taking advantage of the beautiful open spaces Baltimore County has to offer this summer. Clear your mind, recharge the batteries, enjoy quality time with your partner, friends or with your kids and family. And if you decide to take a hike, camp out or sail on the Chesapeake, be sure to share your pictures and stories with us on social media!