Step Outside - Maryland WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 Step Outside - Maryland 144 144 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:08:27 -0500 Camping Done Right: 7 Best Outdoor Stores in Maryland Maryland is lucky to have an extraordinarily diverse landscape with over 40 state parks and even more private campsites. Before heading out for your next camping trip, make sure to stock up on all of the best equipment at the following top camping gear stores in the state. 

The Trail House in Frederick, Maryland, describes their offerings as “a wide selection of products from clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, climbing gear, to an extensive array of both technical and casual footwear. Brands include Patagonia, Balega, Chaco, and much more.

H&H Outdoors specializes in clothing, camping gear, and GI military surplus materials. Camping equipment includes shovels, sleeping bags, blankets, survival kits, compasses, tarps, flashlights, and more. 

The Beacon Surplus in Waldorf, Maryland, has been in business since 1992. They sell military gear and clothing, boots and shoes, scouting supplies, and camping equipment. Camping equipment offerings include tents, air beds, camp furniture, and more.

Bass Pro Shops is one of the bigger outdoor supply outlets in the country. The Hanover, Maryland, location includes an archery range, climbing wall, ATV equipment, gaming, and camping equipment. Get your camping essentials, stoves, gifts, furniture, and more at the local Bass Pro.

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Beckley’s Camping Center in Thurmont, Maryland, is a different kind of camping store—you won’t find many backpacks and tents, but if you’re in the market for RVs and other camping vehicles, you won’t do much better. They have new and used RVs, rentals, and snow plows.

Potomac Paddlesports in Potomac, Maryland, is primarily a paddle sporting store, but they also have a wide variety of equipment useful for campers (even if you’re not participating in paddlesports during your next camp trip!). They sell a wide variety of helmets, gloves, insulation layers, outer layers, and more. 

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L.L. Bean is one of the biggest outdoors stores in the country. Bethesda, Maryland, is lucky to have the only brick and mortar location in the state. Their camping equipment selection includes headlamps, flannel, backpacks, hammocks, and even GoPros.

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5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Maryland Soak in the beachside splendor at any of Maryland’s many waterside campsites. Maryland campers have an embarrassment of riches to choose from, but we’ve narrowed your choices down to five of the most gorgeous the state has to offer!  

Camp Merryelande Vacaation Cottages in Piney Point, Maryland, is a family-friendly waterside campground offering cottages as well as campsites. All cottages have views of the water and come with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, full kitchens, and coffee makers. Enjoy the water in one of the larger campsites with your friends and family—large cabins can accommodate up to 24 guests at a time.

Assateague State Park is Maryland’s only oceanfront park and offers two miles of ocean. Visitors can enjoy swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing, and fishing, along with canoeing and kayaking. And, of course, watching the island’s famous wild ponies.

Buttonwood Beach Recreational Vehicle Resort is a little different from most other campsites of its kind. Sites are sold on long-term 99-year renewable leases, with yearly fees. If you can swing it, you’ll have your very own beachfront campsite for the rest of your life. Not bad.  

Bay Shore Campground in Rock Hall, Maryland, is situated on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. The campground is right along the bay, offering “breathtaking sunsets every night and an amazing view of the landscape.” In addition, you’re sure to find good bird watching. Amenities are plentiful, and include a playground, boat ramp, electrical hookups, and much more.

A family owned and operated business, Roaring Point Waterfront Campground has been serving campers from across the country since the early 1970s. The park is small, but their goal is to offer a “pristine” experience and preserve “the traditional camping experience, which includes valuable time with friends and family.” Make sure to make time for the sensational sunsets. 

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5 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in Maryland Maryland has over 2,000 campsites throughout the state. With such an abundance of riches, it can be difficult to choose where to spend your next camping trip. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Read on for five of the most beautiful backpack camping spots in Maryland.

The Green Ridge State Forest covers almost 48,000 acres, and is the largest contiguous block of public land in Maryland. With over 100 primitive campsites throughout the forest, visitors with a permit are welcome throughout the year. 

The Savage River State Forest in Grantsville, Maryland, covers over 54,000 acres, with more than 11,000 acres of forest. Backpack camping is permitted throughout the forest, but be sure to register for the sites before you go. There are 70 primitive campsites throughout the forest—no more than six people and two camping units per site.  

Described as “the birthplace of forestry conservation in Maryland,” Garrett State Forest’s 7,000 acres is comprised of breathtaking mountain forests, streams, and valleys. Marvel at the variation of trees that surround you as you trek: red oak, white oak, scarlet oak, black cherry, hickory, red maple, white pine, and hemlock. Backpack camping is permitted throughout the forest, just be sure to register at one of the self-registration areas before you start your adventure. 

If you’re going camping with a group, Big Run is a wonderful option. This state park is located right at the mouth of the Savage River Reservoir. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, or even hunting in the area. The 29 primitive campsites are available year-round. Some sites are wooded, while others feature stone dust camping pads, and others are in open, grassy fields. Sites available on a first-come, first served basis. 

Assateague Island National Seashore is famous for its wild horses and wondrous ocean views. There are several backcountry campsites scattered throughout the area, some of which are ocean-side while others are in a more forested section. The Little Levels campsite is an excellent option with waterfront views. The area is designated by boundary posts and situated in the open inner dunes. The general camping area can accommodate up to 25 people, has a picnic table, and chemical toilet. 

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5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Maryland Camping is a great American pastime. From invigorating hikes, to swimming in the lake to cool off, to the campfire that finishes off the night, Maryland’s campgrounds will give you the quintessential outdoor experience. These family-oriented campsites have something for everyone to enjoy, combining the perfect balance of relaxation and kid-friendly fun.   

This place is so cool. It’s basically a full-on resort, but a campground. Located on the beach, near Ocean City, you can camp at Frontier Town for a fraction of the cost while still being near the beach. Pitching your tent is only the start of your adventure. They have a water park with a lazy river and waterslides so you and the kids can laze the day away while relaxing in the sunshine. They also have a Western-themed park where you can spend the afternoon pretending to be a cowboy. Then there is the arcade and high ropes adventure park, camp store, saloon, creamery, and shops that make for a resort destination vacation for the price of pitching your tent. You can’t beat it. 

Located on the water, a few minutes from the ocean, this campground is full of family activities but quieter than a resort campground. They have a lake that is fully-stocked with fish for their catch-and-release program, giving you and the kids plenty of easy fishing time. You can also rent a kayak and head out on the water. One thing that makes them stand out is that you can rent a cabin or a camper to stay in. This is incredibly convenient for families who want to try out camping but aren’t ready to invest in all the gear. They also have a camp store and Wi-Fi for parents who need to work. 

If you are looking for activities, this is a great place to go. They have a swimming pool, four playgrounds, free hayrides, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, a game room, fishing, inflatables (on occasion), hiking, field for games, and organized activities everyone can participate in. They also have hot showers, laundry, a camp store, and cable television for those camping with an RV. Some of their activities include gospel concerts, chili cookouts, bingo, and socials. Basically, you could have a family reunion with 100 people and everyone would find something to do. It’s a great deal.

Located in Southern Anne Arundel County, this campground is around 45 minutes from Washington D.C. but a world away. South County is rural and peaceful, yet you are so close to D.C. that it’s possible to take a day trip to see the monuments before coming back to your campsite to relax. They have a swimming pool and a giant inflatable waterslide that the kids will love. They also have cabins and RV rentals for anyone looking for a place to stay. They even have a dog park, which makes it family-friendly for everyone.

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Situated on the Potomac River, Brunswick Family Campground is a scenic spot that the whole family will love escaping to. The campground offers tent camping in an area with access to hot showers, bathrooms, picnic pavilions, fire pits, and more. Brunswick also has 48 RV campsites. 

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in Maryland Touring Maryland by RV? Or perhaps just going for a quick weekend camping trip? You don’t need to leave Maryland to find incredible campgrounds that will offer a great setting for your weekend retreat! With all the beauty of nature and modern amenities rolled into one, you’ll love these five awesome RV campsites in Maryland. 

At Ramblin’ Pines, the amenities are plentiful—you’ll find access to shady trees, a heated pool, soccer fields, mini golf, exercise rooms, laundry areas, and so much more. It’s as luxurious as RV camping gets!

Want to go camping, but still feel at home? Castaways has the answer! At their waterfront site, you’ll enjoy views of the Sinepuxent Bay and Assateague National Seashore. Choose from an RV rental, motor home site, tent camping, or cottage to stay in.

With free Wi-Fi at this campground, you won’t have to completely disconnect—just in case. But you’ll still be able to remove yourself from the modern world and bring you and your family closer to nature. On site, you’ll find an air-conditioned café, nearby hiking opportunities, a playground, and more. 

Enjoy on-site mini-golf and an arcade all from the campsite! You can also take a shuttle bus to Frontier Town for a larger water park, which the family will love! They also offer a shuttle to Ocean City, which has plenty of its own attractions. No RV? Then rent one of their 23 vacation rental sites for a weekend getaway. 

In operation since 2005, Island Resort is a place where family comes first. There are 93 RV sites available—64 waterfront and some pull-through sites. All sites have full hook-ups, picnic tables, and fire rings. There is a large pool on-site, a catch-release fishing program, canoe rentals, and more. 

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5 Best Trail Running Spots in Maryland Maryland boasts a staggering number of public parks, running trails, hiking opportunities, and marathons. But what about when you simply want to get out in nature for a nice trail run? Check out the following five awesome spots for a beautiful jog. 

The Northern Central Railroad Trail spans nearly 20 miles in Maryland. This trail is also the site of a regular marathon presented by the Baltimore Road Runners Club. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be ready for a full-on marathon to enjoy an invigorating run on this trail! 

The Patuxent Branch Trail in Columbia, Maryland, is a 4.6-mile nature trail that runs along the Patuxent River. While there is a paved option, runners are encouraged to forge their own path on the natural floor-bed and crushed stone.

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St. Mary’s River State Park is broken up into two sections: Site 1 and Site 2. Runners should stay away from Site 2, as it is often used as a hunting ground. Instead, stick to the loops around St. Mary’s River in Site 1. The trail is around 7.5 miles, and is perfectly scenic.

The Rosaryville State Park in Clinton, Maryland, has a few trail options, including the Grassland Bird Trail, Agriculture Heritage Trail, and the Perimeter Trail. Any would be a fine choice for an afternoon trail run.

Seneca Creek Greenway Trail in Montgomery County, Maryland, has several sections all along it. We recommend starting at the trail head at the Potomac River and following it as far down as you like, all the way to Route 355. Take note: along the trail, bikers and horseback riders may join and jump off, so keep an eye out!

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7 Best Birdwatching Hikes in Maryland Maryland is home to the Chesapeake Bay, the Appalachian Mountains, lush forests, and pristine beaches. Throughout this diverse landscape are any number of fantastic birding spots and hikes. Here are seven of the best in the state! 

The Cranesville Swamp is a gorgeous forest and wetland with a nice, easy boardwalk that’s perfect for birdwatching. While you won’t get too much of a hike out of this one, the swamp provides an incredible opportunity to look through a “window into ice ages past” and see over 50 rare plants and animals. You may even catch sight of the rare northern saw-whet owl or the Nashville warbler. 

When you think of birdwatching hikes, Civil War battlefields might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Antietam, however, is home to more than 77 unique bird species, and their self-guided hikes are perfect excursions. At the battlefield, you may see a common grackle, black-capped chickadee, red-tailed hawk, and much more! 

Take the Laurel Trail in the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge to see songbirds and different migratory birds throughout. The trail is only about half a mile, but the gorgeous Mountain Laurels along the way combined with the different birding views are worth the trip.


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The Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary near Mt. Airy, Maryland, carries on the legacy of the famous ornithologist John J. Audubon. As such, it is one of the best places on the East Coast to birdwatch. They host a variety of guided nature walks, as well. 

Visitors to the Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville can enjoy eight miles of nature trails and up-close views of hawks, bald eagles, and owls. For the best views, make sure to take the Raptor Walkway. 

The Pemberton Park in Salisbury, Maryland, covers 262 acres and 4.5 miles of nature trails. According to their website, “it is rare to find any other place on the Eastern Shore where tidal and fresh water wetlands, fresh water ponds, upland pines, hardwood forests, and meadows can all be studied within the same site.” 

The Adkins Arboretum covers over 400 acres, including five miles of meadow and paths. Birdwatchers should consider the South Meadow Loop. The arboretum is an Important Bird Area as designated by the Audubon Society, and is home to at least 12 unique species. 

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5 Best Energizing Hikes in Maryland Maryland has an abundance of natural riches in its many parks, lakes, and hiking trails. And it doesn’t matter what the season is, getting outside and exploring a more challenging hiking trail in the area is always invigorating. Get your heart pounding with one of these five energizing hikes in Maryland.  

The Calvert Cliffs State Park has around 14 miles of hiking trails throughout, but for today, let’s focus on the Red Trail. Hikers will enjoy the beach and get treated to wild flowers. The Red Trail is only around two miles, but feel free to add additional mileage from the rest of the park trails.

Cedarville Blue Trail near Cedarville, Maryland, provides the perfect opportunity to get to know Cedarville State Forest a little better. The loop covers almost four miles through beautiful woodland. It’s a nice nature trip with stunning views.

If you’re near Port Republic, Maryland, you’ll definitely want to stop by the American Chestnut Land Trust. The entire land trust has tons of trails, but for a moderate hike, we recommend the Parkers Creep Trail. This trail features moderate inclines and stretches almost half a mile. 

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Perimeter Trail is a fantastic loop near Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The loop is long, coming in at just under nine miles, with almost 800 feet of elevation gain. Hikers will enjoy the challenge as much as they enjoy the river views along the way.

Rocks State Park has over 800 acres of rocky forest land ideal for hiking. This was one of the first state parks in Maryland created for the purpose of preserving its natural wonders. The King and Queen Seat is a 190-foot high rock outcrop overlooking Deer Creek. This is a wonderful sight to hike to. The park has about four miles of trails ideal for an energizing hike.

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5 Great Hiking Trails in Maryland Diverse terrain is what makes Maryland a perfect place for getting your hike on with the family. Not only can you explore densely-wooded greenery for miles, if you want to get a salty breeze blowing through your hair, there’s rugged beaches awaiting you. The fantastic hiking trails of Maryland offer up marvelous views that you won’t soon forget. Here are five great hiking trails in the state. 

Don’t let the name “Appalachian Trail” intimidate you. Yes, it is one of the largest trails in the world and can be incredibly rugged. However, there are sections of it that are easy enough for a family to enjoy. The area near the Washington Monument is one of them. This monument was built by locals and the hike to it is only around 20 minutes from the parking lot. The views are stunning and there are always families, with kids, around. If your children are slightly older, you can easily venture out and walk on the Appalachian Trail for as long as you, and they, like. As a bonus, there are restrooms at the parking lot, a visitor’s center, and a huge field with a playground. In other words—the entire family will enjoy themselves and be able to relax after your hike. Just bring food with you because there are no restaurants close by. 

Warning: This walk can feel slightly long and slightly steep for young children. There is a good chance that you will be carrying your three-year-old for at least part of the way. However, if you don’t mind that, you will love the Calvert Cliffs and so will they. In the parking lot is a playground and picnic benches but once you start your hike, you are gently hiking down the cliffside. You will pass marshlands with incredible wildlife such as wild turtles and birds. The landscape here is stunning and certainly picture-worthy. The real treat, however, awaits you at the bottom. Here, you will find the beach. This is a rugged beach you can only access by hiking so there is zero commercialism. What you will find is fossils and plenty of them. This is the fossil destination in Maryland so bring a bucket and shovel and then plan to spend the day looking for shark and dinosaur teeth. 

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This is an amazing place to hike because you can get the best of both worlds—a trail and a rustic adventure. The trail itself is seven miles-long and perfect for families. Additionally, there are over 2,000 acres of undeveloped land to explore. When wearing rugged shoes and jeans, you and your kids can get off the beaten path and look for wildlife, native plants, and maybe even a few trees to climb. Kids love the sense of freedom they get while exploring and listening to the sound of the birds fly from tree to tree will not disappoint.

There is so much to do here that you can enjoy a family hike and then go horseback riding or fishing. You can even spend time at the beach. It makes for a perfect day. Hiking can be the start of your adventure, while cooling off in the water can end it. When you find a family destination like this, all you can do is come here to hike more often.

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You cannot miss Cunningham Falls in the spring. It is vibrant and beautiful. The power of the falls is something to behold, especially after it has been raining. The good news is that the hike is a relatively short and easy one, even for the kids. In the summer, you have to bring the kids back for another hike. While the falls won’t be as spectacular, the lake at the bottom of the trail will be. You can go for a hike when you get here and then spend the rest of the day swimming with the kids in a gorgeous natural lake that is surrounded by trees. They also have a concession stand here, making this one of the few places you can hike and then relax afterwards without needing to pack a ton of stuff—ideal for families that want to get out of the house and have a last-minute summer adventure. One last tip: you can’t get into the falls but with a lake here, there is no need to. 

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5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Maryland A hike in Maryland can yield picturesque waterfalls, historic landmarks, stunning panoramas, and so much more. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice explorer or a seasoned hiker, there’s a trail in the state to suit your skills. Next time you’re looking to retreat to the wilderness, consider these five beautiful scenic hikes in the Old Line State. 

Take the Cascade Falls Trail from the Orange Grove area, and before long you’ll catch sight of the first waterfalls along the trail. Both kids and adults will be able to manage the slightly sloping trail. It continues along for a little over two miles, with small wading areas coupled with scenic waterfalls.

Though it can be strenuous, you’ll want to check out Section A of this well-known trail in Montgomery County. People often spend four to five hours hiking around the trail, which includes one incredible panorama of the Potomac River. After that, the trail slopes downward gently, making the views at the top worth it all.

The Appalachian Mountains rise up around this state park, which is also home to the Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek. These two whitewater rivers make for incredible views as you traverse the Canyon Trail, a 1.25-mile hike that will take you past four sets of waterfalls.

Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, this park is home to several historic Civil War sites. In addition, the Appalachian Trail passes through the park, meaning you might find both backpackers midway through a months-long trip or city-dwellers out for a day hike. For the best views, follow the signs for Loudoun Heights!

Take the Wolf Rock or Chimney Rock trails up from the visitor center for panoramic views at the top. There, you can also explore Maryland’s tallest waterfall—Cunningham Falls—which measure in at 78 feet. But the reason this park is best known? It’s the home of Camp David, the president’s retreat.

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5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Maryland Jet skiing: The motorcycle ride of the sea. The main attraction when it comes to motorized watersports. Nothing beats the rush of a ride across the waves on the back of a WaveRunner or Sea-Doo. In Maryland, you’ll find plenty of excellent locations featuring pristine waters for jet skiing. No matter your level of experience, check out these five exhilarating jet skiing spots in the Old Line State. 

Ocean City doesn’t bury the lead: It’s named for its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find the busy boardwalk bustling with beachgoers and sun bathers as you bring your jet ski out on the water. Don’t have your own? Don’t worry. Ocean City has any number of friendly jet ski renters including the reasonable Paradise Watersports. When you’re done, ride the carousel, get a cup of fries, or go out for another jet ski ride.

Deep Creek Lake boasts 3,900 acres of “cool, clean water,” all available for your next jet ski outing. You can bring your own jet ski or rent from Aquatic Center Inc. in McHenry. Although be warned: Deep Creek Lake is a popular destination for boaters, canoers, kayakers, and picnickers. If you don’t mind contending with a few other visitors, however, it is one of the most serene locations you’ll find in the area.

Assateague Island is known for its wild ponies, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, sightseeing cruises, and, of course, jet skiing opportunities. Rent from Top Gun Water Sports, which has multiple locations in the area. The beach stretches out for 37 miles—all of which has open space for you to get out on the water. Amenities including lodging and restaurants, are never too far away, either.

The Choptank River is home to a replica of the historic Choptank River Lighthouse. Get up close and personal with it on your very own jet ski. The river runs for 71 miles through Delaware and Maryland and is largely within site of the coast. Check out Dockside Boat Rentals in Oxford, Maryland, to rent a reasonably-priced WaveRunner. 

The South River is part of the greater Chesapeake Bay, and runs for 10 miles. Start out from Annapolis or Edgewater—those are your only two options, as no other town currently exists on the river. Cruise along and you’ll be treated to the “lost town” of London Town and the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Rentals are available through South River Jet Ski Rentals. 

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5 Great Paddleboarding Spots in Maryland With lakes, bays, and plenty of access to the open ocean, Maryland offers many great spots to paddleboard. Remember to always wear a lifejacket, no matter your level of experience! And if you’re new to the sport, consider taking a few lessons before you head out. If you’re a new SUP rider or an experienced paddler, you’ll find a spot perfect for you! Here are five great ones. 

This spot is always calm and free of crowds, meaning that you can have the Severn River all to yourself! When the wind gets going, make sure to pay attention, as the water can get a little rough at this spot.

Feeling adventurous? This is a great spot to access just over 60 miles of wide open coastline all along one huge man-made lake. You’ll be nearby neighboring West Virginia, giving you some views of the mountains rolling in the distance.

With the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west, you’ll get great access to water on both sides. Paddle through gentle estuaries or rougher ocean waves—it’s a great area for beginners and more accelerated learners!

Also known as Stinky Beach, this is a great location that you’ll want to paddle only if you’re a well-experienced SUP’er. The choppy waters that you’ll often share with boaters may spell a challenge for more novice paddlers, but the idyllic scenery and nearby boardwalk make it plenty of fun!

Consider Quiet Waters Park if you’re just getting your feet wet with paddleboarding. Twisted Creek Paddlesports offers a two-hour tour of the area for $50 per person. The tour explores Harness Creek and is accessible to all levels of experience. For those really just getting started, there is brief instruction included so you can learn the basics! 

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9 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Maryland Fishing and crabbing is as old as Maryland itself. With such close proximity to the mighty Chesapeake Bay, many Marylanders practically grow up on the water. Whether you’re passing down the fishing tradition or simply brushing off your lures, the following 10 bait and tackle shops will make your next trip even better. 

Anglers is locally owned and operated by passionate fishermen and women, and has been since 1961. They sell just about everything you could want for a good fishing trip (including beer, wine, and spirits), but their bait is the standout: they have the largest selection on the Chesapeake Bay. If you’re going out after they close or before they open, don’t fret: their frozen bait box vending machine has you covered.

Fishbone’s Bair and Tackle in Pasadena, Maryland, sells durable lures with the goal of helping you catch fish and crabs. They’ve got too many products to list here, but suffice it to say, they’re well worth a visit if you haven’t been already. You’ll find absolutely everything you need at Fishbone’s. 

Blue Fins in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the area’s best full-service shops, with a wide range of eclectic services and products. They provide gun repair, custom lures and rigs, rod and reel repair, notary services, and, of course, plenty of bait and tackle. 

Sarge’s Bait and Tackle is open every day, and some days opens up as early as 6 a.m. for those early-rising anglers! They sell all manner of fishing equipment, including hand-made bait. The Sarge himself makes a bait called the “Thumper Jig,” which “is a great search bait when looking for Stripers,” according to his latest website blog entry.

Whether you’re looking for St. Croix rods, Penn reels, Mustad hooks (, or many other fantastic brands, Atlantic Tackle in Ocean City, Maryland, is sure to have something for you. They also sell tournament cable offshore tackle as well as tournament winning ballyhoo, mullet, and mackerel bait.

Tyler’s Tackle Shop is open early every day of the week, opening at 4:30 a.m. on weekends and 5 a.m. on weekdays. Buy online or in store. They’ve got a great selection of terminal tackle and bait.

Clyde’s Sports Shop in Halethorpe, Maryland, primarily sells fishing and hunting gear. Since 1957, they’ve kept up to date with the best fishing reels, rods, tackle boxes, and bait.

Shore Tackle and Custom Rods has a location in Grasonville and one in Berlin, Maryland. They create custom fishing rods, provide repair services, and sell tackle, among other products. Check out their website for an updated inventory or shop in person.

The owner of Bay Country Crabbing Supply and tackle has been an avid Maryland crabber for over 20 years and brings his experience to bear on all of the products his shop stocks. From their website: “We make, according to our customers, the best product on the market for a reasonable price.” Can’t ask for much more than that. 

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5 Best Dirt Motorcycle Trails in Maryland Get ready to kick up some dirt on these awesome motorcycle trails. Maryland is an excellent place to spend time outdoors and getting on your dirt bike is a great way to do it. Whether you are looking for a professional track to race on or want to go somewhere forested and wild, Maryland has the trails you are looking for. Here are the best in the state.  

With 300 acres, this family-owned motorsports park has track and trail riding for dirt bikes and quads. They also have a beginner trail for children to ride on. This means that parents can share their love of dirt bikes with their kids in a safe environment. With an advanced track as well, riders can also come here for a challenge. They have specials on a regular basis so you can save money that way too. 

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Budds Creek is a popular motocross spot for those who like to watch the sport and those who want some incredible track to ride. They have even hosted international events where motocross stars from across the world have come to compete. This is where it’s at in Maryland for serious riders. If you want to check it out, come and watch an event before deciding to ride yourself. This family business started in 1979 and has grown to national and international recognition as a go-to spot for motocross enthusiasts. 

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Visit their website to see a video of people riding at full speed on their fast-paced track. Come here to kick up some dirt with your friends, race, or spend the weekend outdoors. This is a popular destination on the Eastern Shore and you can view track conditions daily by checking out their Facebook page. With so many pictures, you can see the height possibilities from the jumps you can take. They’ll make you want to get out there and get out there fast!

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Located in the Garrett State Forest, the Snaggy Mountain ORV Trail is an awesome spot to dirt bike on rugged terrain while racing through the forest. The views are killer when you’re not too busy kicking up dirt to look up. The trail is open to dirt bikes after March 15 (before that, this is a snowmobile trail). The forest is 7,000 acres total so it’s incredibly private and easy to really unwind here. This is where you go to get away from it all. 

Also located in Garrett State Forest, the Wallman Road ORV Trail is known for dirt bikes and motocross so you are likely to find a lot of skilled riders racing along these trails. The trail is near the Potomac River and you will see plenty of wildlife while racing around. Wild turkey, deer, and even bear are near here so keep an eye out as you ride!

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5 Best Winter Camping Spots in Maryland Despite dropping temperatures, campsites across Maryland continue to welcome explorers brave enough to face the elements. From rustic, backcountry sites to accommodating cabins with a toasty fire, a variety of campsites remain open throughout Maryland during the winter. Explore all of the farms, state parks, and islands your heart desires at these five great winter camping spots in the state. 

Interested in the allure of a winter wonderland but would prefer to avoid a snowy tent? Look no further than the Ole Mink Farm in Thurmont, Maryland. They offer year-round luxury log cabins, cabinettes, and more. 

According to the official website, the New Germany State Park is known as Maryland’s “best kept secret.” The park is nestled between the Big Savage Mountain and the Meadow Mountain with a warming hut available during the winter. Campers can also rent cross-country skis and snow shoes here. 

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The Pocomoke River State Park is “famous for its stand of loblolly pine and for its cypress swamps which border the wild and scenic Pocomoke River.” They’re open year-round (only one of the landings is open in winter). 

Wye Island in Queenstown, Maryland, is known for its wintering waterfowl population, although regulated hunting of other wildlife is allowed. The site is open year-round for camping with youth group campsites, shelters, and lodges available for rent. 

Gunpowder Falls State Park in Middle River, Maryland, sits on 18,000 acres and has six distinct areas. Depending on which area you choose to visit, different camping options become available. Glampers might prefer the Mill Pond Cottage, open year-round, with multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, and more. Area shelters are available in the Hammerman Area. 

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