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As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, Maryland residents are looking for ways to enjoy the warm weather while adhering to current social distancing guidelines. While many state parks have remained open throughout the pandemic, the ones that were previously closed are now reopening. 

If you decide to take a trip to any Maryland State Parks, be sure to check alert updates and well as federal guidelines, so you are clear on the current restrictions of each one. Depending on your interests, you can take advantage of hiking trails, waterfalls, mountains, beaches, fishing, camping, and other outdoor opportunities at the various parks. Here are three examples of popular Maryland State Parks that you may want to consider venturing to this year.

Assateague State Park

Many people do not realize that Assateague State Park is the only oceanfront park in Maryland. Located on Assateague Island, this state park contains two miles of ocean beaches that people frequent for swimming, surfing, fishing, and sunbathing. One of its most distinct characteristics of this park is that it inhabits feral horses in the marsh areas. 

Sandy Point

This gigantic state park is located along the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. At the park, you will find food and beverage concessions, playgrounds, fishing, picnic areas, a marina store, as well as boat rentals. Many people are unaware that the park is open the entire year. This is an excellent spot if you are interested in close-up views of the Chesapeake Bay or the Bay Bridge. 

Gunpowder Falls State Park

As one of Maryland’s largest state parks, Gunpowder Falls State Parks spans over 18,000 acres in Baltimore and Harford Counties. It is divided into 6 areas, including the Hereford Zone, Torrey C. Brown, Sweet Air Area, Central Area, Hammerman Area, and Dundee Creek Marina. This park features historic sites, fishing, canoeing, protected state wildlands, and multi-use trails.