Maryland's Western Shore
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Photo from Maryland's Western Shore

The Chesapeake landscapes visible on this upper stretch of the Bay’s western shore make for some sharp contrasts. As the buildings of downtown Baltimore reach toward the sky, agricultural fields in southern Maryland stretch toward the horizon. As low, wooded hills roll through central Maryland, swampy wetlands spread out around the mouth of the Patuxent River.

Here, too, is the astounding maritime heritage of the Bay, on display in Annapolis, the city that ranks both as Maryland’s political capital and America’s sailing capital. Both of the western shore’s main cities, Baltimore and Annapolis, serve today as key entry-point destinations for Bay visitors and as major centers of Bay commerce, just as they have for centuries.

A great variety of Gateways can help you explore this region. State parks, wildlife refuges, and urban greenways showcase the natural environment. Among the historical attractions are traditional museums, working archeological sites, Chesapeake sailing ships, Colonial architecture, and the Baltimore fort where the events of the National Anthem unfolded.

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North Point State Park - Edgemere, MD
North Point State Park is a 1,320-acre Bay-front park with more than six miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, Back River, and Shallow Creek. The site also boasts several wetland areas, including the large bayside Black Marsh - one of the finest examples of a tidal marsh on the upper Chesapeake. Most of North...More info

Regional Events
05/22 Big Tree Tour - Southern Maryland Tree Tour
04/17 Kayak-Marsh Plants - Kayaking
08/14 Shells and Leaves - Kayak Trip
12/18 Saturday Monitoring Bird Walk - Join Jim Peters, Wetlands Ornithologist, for a Saturday morning bird walk.
01/20 PEM Talks: The Calvert Cliffs Conundrum - Who Cares? The Human Perspective on the Calvert Cliffs
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