Parks & Beaches
Each of our five state parks has its own defining character, but all have one thing in common — water!
Along the Patuxent River, you’ll find Greenwell State Park with its commitment to serve individuals of all levels of ability. In the heart of the county lies St. Mary’s River State Park which features a mountain bike trail and a fishing lake. Along the Potomac our island park of St. Clements is Maryland’s birthplace and our newest state park, Newtowne Neck, is just outside of Leonardtown at the mouth of Breton Bay. Way down at the county’s southern tip is the outdoors mecca: Point Lookout State Park and beach. Myrtle Point Beach is on the Patuxent River and Elms Beach is on the Chesapeake Bay.
Parks with Historic Roots
Three of our state parks have roots in history. St. Clement’s Island is the first colonial landing site and birthplace of Maryland. Newtowne Neck is site of the second oldest Jesuit Mission in Maryland. Point Lookout was a resort, then a military hospital, then a Civil War prison camp.
Love Maryland’s Outdoors? There’s an App for That!
Enjoying Maryland’s great outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app! The AccessDNR app provides the State’s hunters, anglers, boaters, park-goers ─ anyone seeking outside adventure ─ all of the latest in nature-related recreation, information and news right at their fingertips.
St. Mary's Heritage
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