Thursday, July 14, 2016

National Lands: Maryland (Part 2)

English: Pooles Island Lighthouse, Chesapeake ...
English: Pooles Island Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay, MD (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Assateague Island National Seashore is located on the very southeastern edge of the state. This island is 37 miles long and offers every water opportunity in addition to biking, camping and horseback riding. The area is famous for its ponies. No interstate is close to this area. The Chesapeake Bay Gateway and Watertrails Network covers six states and DC. It includes over 170 parks and trails. The National Park Service has the mobile app Chesapeake Explorer so visitors can enjoy all the activities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park has 184 miles of activities which include hiking, biking, fishing, boating and horseback riding. In Maryland the route is along the Potomac River with Interstate 270 in the area. The George Washington Memorial Parkway is a picturesque highway that travels on the southern shore of the Potomac River. It begins at Interstate 495 and travels southeast toward Reagan National Airport. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway uses its 29 miles to connect the two major cities. Also known as 295, the road runs to the east of Interstate 95.

Antietam National Battlefield commemorates a battle in which 23,000 soldiers were killed. The area is located south of Hagerstown and east of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Interstate 81 is to the west and Interstate 70 is to the east. The Baltimore National Heritage Area is an area of 18 square miles that honors Baltimore's influence in the Chesapeake Bay. The last tall ship U.S.S. Constellation in is the Inner Harbor. Interstate 83, 95 and 97 are in the area. In the Inner Harbor area is Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine which is located by Interstate 95. This fort is the inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner. Harmony Hall is a mansion on 62 acres on the Potomac River. It is located to the southeast of Alexandria and to the west of the Potomac River south of DC.

Wild Pony at Assateague Island National Seasho...
Wild Pony at Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located to the south of Hagerstown and to the southwest of Frederick. Interstate 70 is to the east. Hikes and tours are available activities. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park honors the woman who guided 70 slaves to freedom. Her spirit is commemorated in this area enhanced by the beauty of the Eastern Shore. This new park is by Cambridge to the east of Chesapeake Bay in the southeastern section of the state. The Monocacy National Battlefield is located to the south of Frederick. It is south of Interstate 70 and north of Interstate 270. Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm show the changes from plantation to hospital farm. The area is located south of Interstate 95/495 and east of the Potomac River.

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