Gathland State Park In Maryland Is Turning 75 Years Old This Year And It's The Perfect Spot For A Day Trip

History is all around us here in Maryland. For proof of this, look no further than the lovely Gathland State Park, which will be celebrating its 75th birthday this year. To make the most of this milestone anniversary, you’ll want to plan your day trip to this underrated park. Brimming with a fascinating history and beautiful views, this park is one that has a little something for every visitor. Curious to learn more? Let’s take a look!

For an unforgettable day in nature, surrounded by history and natural beauty, look no further than Gathland State Park.Amy Koren / Google Reviews
You'll find this special natural area and historic preserve on South Mountain just outside of Burkittsville.Kayla Smith / AllTrails
One of the few remaining structures of the estate is the War Correspondents Memorial Arch, which also happens to lie just along the Appalachian Trail.kari converse / AllTrailsThe monument, completed in 1896, is the first of its kind in the world dedicated to journalists who were killed in war.
Those visiting the park looking for fun things to do will definitely want to hike at least a portion of this renowned trek, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.M Bell / Google Reviews
For a deeper dive into history, you can plan to visit during the park's living history weekends, which include Civil War encampments and demonstrations of life in the 19th century.mei brown / Google Reviews
From the lovely scenery to the historic attractions, there really is so much to discover at this impressive Maryland state park.Ginger Naglee / AllTrails

Have you been to Gathland State Park recently? What did you think of your experience there? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below — we would love to hear from you! For more information about planning your visit, be sure to check out the official Gathland State Park website. And don’t forget to take a look at our hiking essentials packing list!

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