Parks, Trails and Waterways

Washington County is home to 5 National Parks, 8 State Parks, & 2 Resource Management Areas. 

Our parks offer a range of amenities - everything from historic monuments and battlefields to waterways, with camping, trails, boat launches, and abundant educational opportunities. We also have three Canal Towns along the C&O Canal in Washington County: Hancock, Sharpsburg and Williamsport.  They each offer everything needed for hikers and bikers of the Canal, from nutritious meals, bicycle repairs and bike-friendly places to lay your head.

We invite you to come and learn about our part in the nation's history and to soak in the breath-taking scenery. Discover YOUR America!

Our National Parks: 
A new White House initiative is to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE! Click here for details!

Antietam National Battlefield | Appalachian Trail | Chesapeake & Ohio Canal | Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park ar Maryland Heights | Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail  (aka “The Nation’s River”) Visit our Potomac River Atlas here.

Our State Parks / Public Lands:
Fort Frederick State Park Gathland State Park |Greenbrier State Park | Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area | Sideling Hill State Park | South Mountain Battlefield | South Mountain State Park |Washington Monument State Park | Western Maryland Rail Trail | Woodmont Natural Resources Area



Antietam National Battlefield

PO Box 158 (Rt. 65)
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
P: 301-432-5124
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The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History where 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam…
Visit the Antietam National Battlefield - Civil War History Washington County

Antietam National Cemetery Museum

PO Box 158 (Rt 65)
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
P: 301-432-5124
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At Sharpsburg, the site of the bloodiest single day battle in American history. Casualties totaled more than 23,000 on September 17, 1862. Clara Barton cared for wounded soldiers here. Visit…
Visit the Antietam National Cemetery - Civil War History near Hagerstown MD

Appalachian Trail

Trail users of all types enjoy the A.T. -- most just for short day hikes or an overnight backpacking trip. Others set out for weeks or months on the trail.…
Walk and hike on the appalachian Trail -  recreation near Hagerstown MD

C&O Canal National Historical Park

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 301-745-8889
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184.5 Miles of Adventure! Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a…
184.5 Miles of Adventure and fun at the C&O Canal National Historical Park - Washington County MD

Camp Harding

13029 Pecktonville Rd.
Big Pool, MD 21711
P: 240-313-2700
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Catoctin Mountain National Park

6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788
P: 301-663-9388
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City Park

501 Virginia Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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Devils Backbone

18934 Lappans Rd.
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 240-313-2700
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Doubs Woods

1307 S. Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 240-313-2700
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Fairgrounds Park

400 N Mulberry St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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Fort Ritchie Community Center

14421 Lake Royer Dr., PO Box 755
Cascade, MD 21719
P: 301-241-5085
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Create and provide healthy lifestyle and leisure activities, foster community traditions, and promote cultural development through the arts, education, sports, technology, and natural resources to enhance the quality of life…
Washington County tourism - Fort Ritchie Community Center creates a healthy lifestyle and leisure ac

Fort Frederick State Park

11100 Fort Frederick Rd.
Big Pool, MD 21711
P: 301-842-2155
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American history from the colonial period to the present can be discovered at Fort Frederick State Park. Our 585 acre park features a unique stone fort that served as Maryland’s…
Washington County recreational parks - Fort Frederick State Park

Gathland State Park

900 Arnoldstown Road
Burkittsville, MD 21718
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Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. In the late 1800's, Gathland featured a unique collection of buildings and structures designed…
Gathland State Park

Gathland State Park Museum

900 Arnoldstown Rd.
Boonsboro, MD
P: 301-791-4767
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Astride the ridge known as South Mountain, near Burkittsville at Crampton's Gap, lies Gathland State Park. The home of an unusual man, Gathland was an architecturally unique estate made up…
Gathland State Park Museum - what to do near Hagerstown MD

Greenbrier State Park

21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
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Greenbrier is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation. The Appalachian Trail passes through the park. The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing,…
Greenbrier is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation near Hagerstown MD

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

171 Shoreline Drive
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
P: 304-535-6029
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Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area

14038 Blairs Valley Rd
Clear Spring, MD 21722
P: 301-842-2702
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Kemps Mill

11114 Kemps Mill Rd.
Williamsport, MD 21795
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Marty Snook Park

17901 Halfway Blvd
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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Pangborn Park

530 Pangborn Blvd
Hagerstown, MD 21742
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Pen Mar Park

14600-14698 Pen Mar High Rock Rd
Highfield-Cascade, MD 21719
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Pinesburg Softball Complex

5323 Clear Spring Rd
Williamsport, MD 21795
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Recreation and Parks Department - Washington County

1307 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
P: 240-313-2700
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Recreation and Parks Department - Hagerstown in Washington County

Sideling Hill

6 miles west of Hancock on Interstate 68
Hancock, MD
P: 301-842-2155
Sideling Hill is on Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area's (WMA) 3,000-acres of mixed oak-hickory forest that straddles Sideling Hill Creek. For outdoor enthusiasts, this is a prime location for mountain…
Slideling Hill is 3000 acres of mixed forest next to Sideling Hill Creek - fun things to do near Hag

South Mountain State Battlefield

6620 Zittlestown Road
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-791-4767
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Begin your visit of South Mountain Battlefield at the Washington Monument State Park Office and Museum at 6620 Zittlestown Road in Boonsboro; or Gathland State Park in Burkittsville, MD.
South Mountain State Battlefeild- Civil war battlefeild and tours- near Hagerstown MD

South Mountain State Park

21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-791-4767
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South Mountain State Park is a 40-mile long multi-use state park weaving along the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. It has no distinguishable boundary…
South Mountain State Park

Washington County Agricultural & Education Center

7313 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 240-313-2807
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The Agricultural Education Center has been the region's choice location for tractor pulls, sales, trade shows, corporation picnics and the home of the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. The…
Washington County Agricultural and Education Center has many activites for young and old.

Washington Monument State Park

6620 Zittlestown Rd.
Boonsboro, MD 21713
P: 301-791-4767
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In Washington County, four miles east of Boonsboro and 1 1/2 miles north of Alternate Route 40 on Monument Road, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first monument…
Washington Monument State Park - activites and fun things to do

Western Maryland Rail Trail

11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, MD 21711
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Woodmont Lodge Natural Resource Management & Izaak Walton League

12802 Independence Road
Clear Spring, MD 21722
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