Generals Highway Corridor Park, Millersville

This small park outside of Annapolis in Millersville was full of little surprises. With plenty of parking, paved trails, a long nature trail, ball fields, bathrooms and a playground, there is something for everyone. There is even a small, ancient family cemetery to gawk at. I wanted a quick place to walk my dog and discovered this gem near my dog trainer, Chesapeake Dog Training. We are definitely going back.

Video of nature trail walk

Farm to (my) Table

Saturday I picked up some pasture-raised lamb from nearby Hollywood Farm on the Broadneck peninsula. We baked the loins for lunch. Their lamb and more will be available at the Anne Arundel County farmers market, 275 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis. Very tasty!

Farmers Markets, COVID-19 and more

Maryland Farm and Harvest on Maryland Public Television

Season 7 Episode 714 | 26m 48s (Available for free on Roku’s PBS app)

“In this special episode, we take a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting agriculture. We begin by speaking to Jason Scott of Walnut Hill Farms, Jenny Rhodes of Deerfield Farm, and Katie Dotterer-Pyle of Cow Comfort Inn Dairy about the pandemic’s impact on their grain, poultry, and dairy operations. Next, we travel to Graul’s Market in Cape St. Claire, Maryland to see how local farms supply produce that keeps grocery store shelves full and visit Godfrey’s Farm to learn how farmers keep our food safe. Then, on The Local Buy, Al Spoler visits Waverly Farmers Market in Baltimore to learn how markets are adapting to new social distancing rules so they can still provide healthy, farm fresh food. Al also talks to David and Emily Hochheimer from Black Rock Orchard and Tony Brusco of South Mountain Creamery about how their businesses have changed.”

Aired: 06/16/2020

Sika deer hunting on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Sep 16, 2020 – Bonce and Jacob head out to the sika marsh to chase these little elk. Jacob gets a shot at his first sika, and gets his first experience tracking in the tough wet conditions. Like and SUBSCRIBE to their channel. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, http://www.facebook.com/thebaysidelegion and http://www.instagram.com/the_bayside_legion

Maryland Hunting: New for 2020

The new 2020-2021 season is approaching. Here are some new general regulations to be aware of from MD DNR:

  • Rifles and handguns that fire straight-walled cartridges may now be used to hunt deer during the Firearms Season and Junior Deer Hunt days statewide. See map on Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  • There is a new Suburban Deer Management Zone comprised of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Archery Season antlerless deer bag limit is unlimited in the Suburban Deer Management Zone. See Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  • Coyotes may now be hunted year-round statewide during the day and night. See Furbearer Seasons & Limits.
  • There are new Primitive Deer Hunt Days on February 1-3, 2021. Hunters may only use long bows, recurve bows or flintlock and sidelock percussion muzzleloaders during these days. See Deer Seasons & Bag Limits.
  • The Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp may now be used in Region A under certain circumstances.
  • Active duty military and honorably discharged veterans now have two special waterfowl hunt days. See Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Limits.
  • Waterfowl hunting at the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area impoundments has a new schedule of available dates. All available dates for the regular duck season at the Deal Island impoundment will now require a permit issued by lottery. See Public Hunting Lands.
  • The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be offering “do-it-yourself” hunts for stocked pheasants in 2020. The pheasant hunts will take place on public lands across the state. Apprentice license holders, junior license holders, new hunters and hunters who have previously held a Maryland hunting license but have let it lapse are eligible to apply. See Small Game Hunting.

Not sure how to celebrate the 4th? Try a Maryland Park

Even though COVID is clearing up and people in Maryland are out social distancing, some of us are not sure we are ready to party on July 4th… especially if you, family or friends feel like they are vulnerable. So what to do? Get outside and enjoy a Maryland park and trail this weekend!

Patapsco Valley State Park

The Top 10 Trails in Maryland Parks

A hike, bike and a cookout is the perfect way to celebrate a healthy 4th of July weekend. Here are some of the most popular trails in Maryland. Bring your dog too!

  • Cascade Falls Loop Trail Patapsco Valley State Park – Cascade Falls Loop Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elkridge, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area – Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dickerson, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail Catoctin Mountain Park – Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Thurmont, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • King and Queens Chair Loop Rocks State Park – King and Queens Chair Loop is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Street, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Cascade Falls Trail Patapsco Valley State Park – Cascade Falls Trail is a 2.1 mile out and back trail located near Ellicott City, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Falling Branch Trail to Kilgore Falls Rocks State Park – Falling Branch Trail to Kilgore Falls is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pylesville, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
  • Swallow Falls Canyon Trail Swallow Falls State Park – Swallow Falls Canyon Trail is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Little Gunpowder Trail to Jerusalem Mills Trail Loop Gunpowder Falls State Park – Little Gunpowder Trail to Jerusalem Mills Trail Loop is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kingsville, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Cromwell Valley Park and Loch Raven Cromwell Valley Park – Cromwell Valley Park and Loch Raven is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Parkville, Maryland that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
  • Avalon Loop Trail Patapsco Valley State Park – Avalon Loop Trail is a 20 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Baltimore, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Some Tips and Status from DNR about Maryland Parks

For Maryland State Park Visitors:

In accordance with federal guidelines and state directives pertaining to COVID-19, we want to share important information about Maryland State Parks.

Here’s what we are doing:

  • We have implemented additional cleaning procedures, according to federal guidelines, such as more stringent and frequent cleaning of restrooms.
  • Working with our various partners, certain programs and events are being postponed or canceled, to help keep visitors safe.
  • We have temporarily closed to the public some areas where people may congregate indoors, including all visitor centers, administrative buildings, certain concessions, as well as all nature/interpretive centers.
  • Some parks are utilizing portable toilets at this time rather than opening park restrooms.
  • Please visit the Department of Natural Resources FAQ site for more information about specified activities in State Parks.
  • We are monitoring the situation. As conditions change, so may our policies on park visitation and overnight stays. We will keep you informed of any changes moving forward.

State Park Operating Status:

  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park: Closed
  • Picnic Shelters: Most shelters are available for use, but some remain closed at Patapsco Valley, Seneca Creek and Sandy Point State Parks.
  • Playgrounds have been reopened.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Pack extra soap or hand sanitizer to be safe. Please take into consideration the health of others when spending time outdoors.
  • If you are sick or have been sick over the past two weeks, please stay home to recuperate.
  • If the parking lot is full when attempting to visit a park, leave and either visit a different approved location, or return home and visit at another time when the park is not busy.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We appreciate your support of Maryland State Parks as we all work together to keep each other safe.​​​​

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