The Sweet Smell of Spring Is Here!

Three jugs of maple syrupThe sweet smell of Spring is in the air when Maple Sugarin’ season comes alive in our State Parks! As the days are getting a bit longer and slightly warmer, the maple sap begins to flow. The best weather for good sap flow is when we have cold nights below freezing and then warmer, mild days above 40 degrees. When the sap is flowing, the trees are tapped with a metal spile and bucket to collect the sap. The maple sap is then collected from the trees and boiled down to make that delicious pure maple syrup. Maple sap is actually mostly water- up to 98% water and just 2% sugar! It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make just one gallon of real maple syrup.

Come out and join us to learn more about Maple Sugarin’ in March!

New for 2019! Sang Run State Park will host a Maple Syrup Making Demonstration at the Friends Store on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us on the farm and watch the time honored process of maple syrup making. Demonstrations of tree tapping and the evaporator process will take place, along with syrup tasting. There is nothing like the smell of boiling maple sap and an open fire!

You may also join us for a 49-year old tradition in the Catoctin Mountains at Cunningham Falls State Park with the annual Maple Syrup Festival on March 9-10 and 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. This family-friendly event is an absolute must for parents and kids, alike, as park rangers demonstrate the art of collecting sap and making maple syrup as has been done in this area for hundreds of years. Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast with maple syrup (for an additional fee- cash only), children’s activities, live folk and bluegrass music, and hayrides throughout the day. Real Maryland Maple Syrup will be for sale, while supplies last!