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State Parks and Forests of Maryland

In our travels, we have explored several of Maryland's state parks, forests and designated natural areas. The diversity of Maryland's terrain makes for a wide variety of activities and scenery at their many excellent state-run facilities. Featured here are the Maryland parks that we have visited so far. We are planning more excursions to this beautiful state in order to continue exploring more of their wonderful parks and state forests. As we visit these places and create maps of the trail systems, we will update this article, so please check back with us from time to time for more information on Maryland's outdoor destinations.

Hiking Hut to Hut in the White Mountains

One of our favorite outdoor destinations is the Presidential Range located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  We have been on several hut-to-hut backpacking trips and highly recommend this as a great way to experience the beautiful and rugged scenery during the day and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow back-packers during the evening.  The AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) operates eight high huts along the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains.

The CCC Legacy

The Civilian Conservation Corps was in operation for a total of nine years, from 1933 to 1942, during which time about three million young men were tasked with restoring our devastated land.  They improved parks, forests, and roads, fought fires and planted trees.  The legacy of the CCC remains visible today.  We have them to thank for much of the national, state, and local park lands throughout the country.

Parks for Beginner Mountain Bikers

Following is a list of recommended parks for introducing folks to mountain biking. They are organized by region, so you can pick a place close to home to get comfortable with the sport. As a guideline while browsing the parks on our site, look for parks with lots of green trails (easy singletrack) and purple trails (doubletrack).

 

Exploring West Virginia's Canaan Valley

The beautiful Canaan Valley in Tucker County, West Virginia is a tourist destination for those who love the rugged outdoors. It is a year-round destination, with 2 state parks, Ski resorts, large tracts of National Wilderness, National Forests, and Nature Preserve areas, and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. About 70% of the valley is designated a National Wildlife Refuge.

At its widest, the valley runs about five miles across, bordered by Canaan Mountain to the west and Cabin Mountain to the east. The valley runs north to south for about 13 miles. Within its boundaries, it has a vast wetlands area.

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