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Point Lookout State Park

11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687
Phone: 301-872-5688
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/pointlookout.asp

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Located at the tip of St. Mary’s County at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, Point Lookout served as a watch post during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.  During the Civil War, it served as a Union hospital and a prison camp for captured confederate soldiers.  There are 143 wooded campsites available; 26 of these have full hook-ups. 31 of these have electric.  One campsite for youth groups is also available; reservations are required for the youth group site by calling the park.  The park features three fishing areas available 24 hours, including a 710 foot pier (24 hour operation May 1-November 30). A valid Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing license and appropriate stamps are required. Swimming is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Lifeguards are on duty.  The beach area has grills, picnic tables, and a playground.   Facilities include showers and restrooms.  A boat launch facility and fish-cleaning station are available for boaters. Boat rentals and supplies are also available at the camp store.  The Civil War Museum/Nature Center is open seasonally.  Park open daily dawn to dusk April – October and 10AM to 4PM, November – March.  Call for museum hours.  Point Lookout occasionally fills to capacity on summer weekends and holiday weekends.  During these times you will not be able to enter the park, nor will you be able to drive through the park.  You may call 301-872-5688 to check on our visitation volume, however we can make no guarantees that we will not be filled to capacity by the time you arrive.

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Greenwell State Park

25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone: 301-872-5688 or 301-872-5389
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/greenwell.asp
http://greenwellfoundation.org

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Greenwell offers nearly 600 acres, 10 miles of trails, and 2 miles of waterfront along the Patuxent with an accessible 50 foot pier.  Kayak/canoe launch sites, beach and picnic areas throughout.  Wheelchair accessible facilities include the Pavilion and Knott Lodge (an overnight facility for up to 16 guests).  Historic Rosedale Manor, the Chapel and gardens can be reserved for weddings and special events.  Horseback riding programs, summer camps and special events are offered.

Parkers Creek Preserve

Managed by American Chestnut Land Trust
South Trail Head: On Scientists Cliff Rd. across from 2420 Aspen Rd., Port Republic MD, 20676

North Side Trail Head/Double Oak Farm: 676 Double Oak Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Mailing Address: PO Box 2363, Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-414-3400 • Fax: 410-414-3402

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Fifteen miles of self-guided serene public hiking trails in two locations. Guided hikes are available from spring through fall. Guided canoe trips are offered from spring through fall on beautiful Parkers Creek. Check the online calendar of events for annual family events. Limited access for wheelchairs – must be arranged prior to visit.

Kings Landing Park

3255 Kings Landing Rd., Huntingtown 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 • 410-535-5327 • Fax: 410-535-2661

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Kings Landing is a 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a variety of outdoor activities.  A site for environmental education, the park features pastures, woodland and wetlands.  Amenities include picnic shelters with tables and grills, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, shoreline, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall (for indoor meetings and receptions).  Youth camping, horse ring, picnic shelters and hall require reservations. Wheelchair accessible.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM)

10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard 20685
Phone: 410-586-8501 • Fax: 410-586-8503

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Experience, discover, learn and have fun at JPPM! Over 70 archaeological sites have been identified on the property, reflecting over 12,000 years of human occupation.  Tour exhibits in the visitor center and exhibit barn, browse the gift shop, hike miles of trails, discover the Indian Village, launch a canoe or kayak, rent the pavilion or just enjoy the beautiful views.

Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art archaeological research, conservation and curation facility.  The lab also houses a number of major collections acquired through private donation to the Maryland Historical Trust.  All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.

Flag Ponds Nature Park

1525 Flag Ponds Pkwy., Lusby 20657
Phone: 410-586-1477 • 410-535-5327 • Fax 410-586-3780

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Once a pound-net fishing station on the Chesapeake Bay, Flag Ponds Nature Park displays a remarkable variety of natural environments from sandy beaches to freshwater ponds and the forested heights of Calvert Cliffs. Hiking trails, fossil hunting, observation platforms, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier, the beach and visitors center with wildlife exhibits. Picnic tables and grills are provided. No lifeguards or nettle nets. Swim at your own risk. Limited wheelchair access.

The “Wm. B. Tennison”

Located at the Calvert Marine Museum dock
14200 Solomons Island Rd. • PO Box 97, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691

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Enjoy a one-hour cruise around Solomons Harbor and the Patuxent River aboard the only Coast Guard-licensed log-hulled vessel in America.  Built in 1899, this National Historic Landmark was later converted from sail to power and served as an oyster buyboat until 1978.  Departs from the Calvert Marine Museum dock, weather permitting.  Assistance needed for wheelchair boarding (ramp).

J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House

Owned and operated by the Calvert Marine Museum
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691

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Visit this restored 1934 seafood packing house to learn about the boom and decline of the region’s commercial seafood industries. The exhibits explore all aspects of oyster processing – from receiving oysters at the dock to storing, chucking, washing, packing and shipping the product to markets across the region. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Rd. • PO Box 97, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691

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Drum Point Lighthouse dominates the Calvert Marine Museum’s waterfront. This screwpile, cottage-type light is only one of three remaining from 45 that once served the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of the 20th century.

Cove Point Lighthouse

3500 Lighthouse Blvd., Lusby 20657
Cove Point Lighthouse is owned and operated by the Calvert Marine Museum

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Tour history at the oldest continuously working lighthouse in Maryland. Built in 1828 by John Donahoo, the 40-foot brick tower is surmounted by an iron lantern containing a lens manufactured in Paris in 1897. Buildings at the Cove Point station include a 1901 fog signal building, a brick generator/fog signal building, green keeper’s home and a two-bedroom cottage. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Limited access for wheelchairs.

Three-, four- or seven-night rentals available in this beautifully renovated private bayfront site. Custom kitchens and all the conveniences of home. Wi-Fi included. Also available as a wedding/event site.