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Explore Your State: America's Best Idea

Books Explore Your State Outdoors

"National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." - Wallace Stegner (1909-1993); novelist, historian, environmentalist

The National Park Service is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. To "kick off a second century of stewardship," the NPS is encouraging Americans to get outside, and we are too! We want you to Explore Your State and everything it has to offer. Whether you enjoy cycling or hiking trails, camping or canoeing, or witnessing the wildlife, you can do it in Maryland. Our state is home to 14 national parks, 5 national trails, 73 historic landmarks, and countless more recreational lands, archaeological sites, and nature preserves.

Not sure where to start?

Start here at the Maryland Historical Society. We have selected the best guidebooks, written by local experts, to help you find your path (literally). From the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Trail, your state has so much to offer. Take a look at the titles below (just click on an image) and begin your own discovery.

The Park Service's mission for all Americans this year is to "discover your own personal connections to parks." What will your connection be?

If you wish to learn more about the National Park Service and its official charitable partner, the National Park Foundation, click on the links below:



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