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Exploring Maryland

By Rasma RaistersPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

Ocean City is among the most popular beaches of the mid-Atlantic coast. Here you’ll find ten miles of free public beach and a three-mile classic wooden boardwalk. There are shops, a Ferris Wheel, a roller coaster, a 1902 carousel, and kiosks selling delicious food. A tram will take you to all the attractions. On the beach are free concerts, movies, and other evening activities. The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum has a saltwater tank where you can get a look at local sea creatures.

Antietam National Battlefield was the scene of the bloodiest day’s battle in the Civil War. It happened on September 17, 1862, when the Union Army met the Confederates led by Robert E. Lee. In the resulting battle, nearly 23,000 men were killed, wounded or missing in action. Today this battlefield is open countryside with monuments to the regiments of both sides. There is an eight-mile, self-guided tour you can take on foot, on bike or by car. Along the way, you can see the old Dunker Church where the first clash occurred, the Sunken Road, and the Burnside Bridge where Union troops at great cost got to finally get General Lee to withdraw.

The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse in St. Michael’s is among the historic buildings and boats that illustrate life and work on the Chesapeake Bay since the Native Americans hollowed out logs for canoes. In the Small Boat Shed, you’ll see working and recreational watercraft that have been used throughout the bay’s history. There are Native American canoes that were used for fishing and oystering.

At Waterman’s Wharf are hands-on and audio exhibits that will take you into the world of oystermen and crabbers in a typical shanty and onboard an oystering skipjack.

Take the time to see the former home of Eliza Bailey Mitchell, sister of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

There is an Heirloom Garden with kitchen and medicinal plants that have been cultivated along the bay since Native Americans lived here.

The Chesapeake Bay is one of the world’s great bird migrations where huge flocks of water, shore, and songbirds find shelter in its shoreline marshes every spring and autumn.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

The C&O Canal was in operation from 1828 – 1924 and was used as a transportation route for hauling coal along the Potomac River to Georgetown. Today there are still hundreds of locks, lock houses, and aqueducts standing. It followed the route of the Potomac River from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, MD.

This route is now a park and the old towpath along which mules and horses pulled barges is a place for walking and cycling. There are parts where you can go horseback riding. In places, it is shaded by trees and you can get fantastic views of the Potomac River.

The highlight here is the Monocacy Aqueduct, a seven-arched stone bridge that once carried the canal across the Monocacy River.

Assateague State Park is located on Assateague Island. This is a barrier island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. On the east side of the island is the Atlantic Ocean with a long stretch of beach popular for swimming and surfing. On the bayside people enjoy fishing and kayaking. There island has wildlife among which it is best known for feral horses. In the park, you’ll find campsites, picnic tables, a camp store, and a snack bar.

The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is 12 miles south of Cambridge also on the Eastern Shore. Here are 26,000 acres of marshes, ponds, and forests. It is a habitat for migratory birds and a great place for birdwatchers. It is home to the rare Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel. It is loveliest in the spring and autumn. A visitor center provides information about the wetlands. Visitors enjoy walking along the trails.

Shallow Falls State Park is located near Oakland in western Maryland along the Youghiogheny River. The river is known as The Yough.

Here you'll find rapids, cascades, cliffs, rock formations, gorges, and the Muddy Creek Falls a 53-foot waterfall.

Swallow Rock is a stone pillar by the falls of the Lower Swallow Falls and Upper Swallow Falls.

Deep Creek Lake is the place to sail, paddle, fish, and swim.

The two beaches in this area are part of the Deep Creek State Park with campgrounds and trails for both hiking and biking.

The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center is the place to see local wildlife, observe birds in the aviary, and learn about nature through interactive exhibits.

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Rasma Raisters

My passions are writing and creating poetry. I write for several sites online and have four themed blogs on Wordpress. Please follow me on Twitter.

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  • ROCK 2 months ago

    Hello! I was born in Baltimore and lived in Annapolis, Frederick, outside of Salisbury and although I have lived all over the world, Maryland is my heart's home. Great article! New subscriber.

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