The Best things to do and see in Maryland (Including MD caves)
As most people are on a tight budget due to the down turn in the economy. (you know the one that has been happening over the last ten to twenty years...kind of like a slow motion train wreck.) So let's look at the budget friendly visit to Maryland. Here are places to visit in Maryland if you get the chance.
1. Kilgore Falls. This waterfall is located in Harford County Maryland. Near the town of Bel-air Maryland. It is a short hike of off Falling Branch road.
On a hot summer day the water feels amazing and swimming is free. If you stand under the fall itself it is like getting a high pressure water massage. Your family will love it, plus it is great for scenic photos. Even Disney thought that the scenery was worthwhile as they used Kilgore Falls to shoot the waterfall scene in Tuck Everlasting.
2. Jugtown Cave. This situated between Boonsboro and Smithsburg Maryland. This road in located toward the back of Jugtown Rd.
You have to crab-walk/crawl into the cave about 4ft and then the floor will drop suddenly. You will be able to stand. The walk down into the cave is steep but once you explore the caverns and witness the underground stream for yourself you be glad that you made the Journey.
make sure that you only go spelunking if you are experienced or are with an experienced spelunker. You can only explore caves for about two hours at a time.
3. The Antietam Battle Field. Located between Boonsboro and Sharpsburg Maryland.
A historical site where parts of the Civil War were fought. In fact, the battle of Bloody Lane (or Sunken Road) was the bloodiest day of the Civil War. On that day more people died then in three other American Wars combined. It is heritage and whether good or bad the battle field leaves an impression.
4. Sugarloaf Mountain located about 7-12 miles south of Frederick Maryland.
Sugarloaf Mountain is also a historical site due to the fact that the Union soldiers used the Mountain as an observation tower. It is a scenic park and the admission is free.
5. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp located in Calvert County Maryland.
Admission is free. The swamp is 100 acres, it is the most Northern site for Bald Cypress trees in Northern American. The swamp has many different species and you can learn more about this unusual wetland in the Parks Nature Center.
6. Hog Rock Vista, located outside of Thurmont Maryland.
Hog Rock vista is part of the Catoctin Mountain Park. You have to park your car and hike a bit to the rock, The best part is that you can even take along the family pet, well if that pet is a dog.
7. Cranesville Swamp Preserve located just past Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County Maryland and extends into Preston WV.
Cranesville Swamp is a natural conservatory that houses over 50 rare living species of both animals and plants. This conservatory is located in what is called a "frost pocket" and gives you a glimpse of what the Maryland could have looked like during in the ice ages. Admission is free and the knowledge you gain is well-worth the drive.
8. The Chesapeake Bay, Located on the Eastern Shore Maryland.
One of Maryland's most known sites. The Chesapeake Bay offers a wide variety of fishing and crabbing opportunities. Some sites are free but the boat rides can cost money.
9. High Rock, located in Pen Mar, Maryland.
High Rock offers amazing views. When standing on the Rock you can see twenty two counties. Beneath it is the Appalachian Trail, which offers great hiking and passes through Pen Mar Park with a Band stand that is still used every Sunday evening of summer to house free concerts.
If you get the Chance to visit Maryland there are many more places to be discovered. It is a wonderful state to explore. I would love to run into readers at any of these sites as I enjoy them all personally.