Though you might not have guessed it, one of the best ways to see Maryland is by water. Maryland's vast network of water trails provides a unique look at the state's diverse geographical landscape and history.
Whether you enjoy the rush of a the rapids or the gentle lull of a lazy river, a daytip, or an extended trek, Maryland has it all.
A journey down the Potomac River Water Trail provides an opportunity to see the the broad topographical mosaic and beauty the state has to offer. The trail extends from the shorelines of western Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay, featuring natural and historic sites such Smallwood State Park and Point Lookout State Park.
The 110 miles of the Patuxent Water Trailway, which has the distinction of being the longest river to flow entirely within Maryland, are also lined with historic sites, natural parks, as well as camp grounds. Filled with miles of hiking trails and an interactive visitors center with plenty of events and programs, the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is one stop on the Patuxent you'll want to rest your paddles. Or if you're looking for a little rowing repose in the wilderness, you can pitch your tent at one of the many campgrounds along the way. Some, like White Oak Landing are only acccessible by water.
For more info on planning your trip or to find out more about other water trails around the state, check out the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. View more Insiders Guides to Maryland.