Reading in State Parks!

While it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, Maryland State Parks are an excellent place to pick up a good book and start your reading journey! While people might like to bring their own books, some parks have little free libraries for visitors to come and borrow books during their time at the park. When these libraries are available can vary from park to park. Check out our table below to see if your local park has a free library:

Lending Libraries

Park Name​AddressCounty​​Location Description
Assateague State Park
​​7307 Stephen Decatur Hwy
Berlin MD 21811
Worcester ​
​At each camp host site throughout the park, only out when c​ampground is open Late April- Oct
​Cedarville State Forest 10201 Bee Oak Road, Brandywine, MD 20613Prince George's/ Charles*coming soon* At the Family Camping Loop
Cunningham Falls State Park
​​14039 Catoctin Hollow Road Thurmont MD 21788Frederick ​
Next to Camp Office at William Houck Area
Cypress Branch State Park10803 Galena Road, Millington, MD 21651KentMain Picnic Area Parking Lot
Deep Creek Lake ​State Park
898 State Park Road, Swanton, MD 21561Garrett
​On bathhouse #1 in the campground
​Deep Creek Lake ​State Park898 State Park Road, Swanton, MD 21561GarrettOn bathhouse #3​ in the campground
Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD 21901Cecil
In front of the Park Store in the Campground.
​​Gambrill State Park
8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick, MD 21702Frederick
On bathhouse next to self registration board
Greenbrier State Park
​​21843 National Pike Boonsboro MD 21713Washington
​By the visitor center
​Gunpowder Falls State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD 21087HarfordIn the parking lot in front of HQ, to the right near the hill down to the river.
Herrington Manor State Park
​​222 Herrington Ln, Oakland, MD 21550Garrett​
On the front porch of the park headquarters/office
​​Janes Island State Park
26280 Alfred J Lawson Drive, Crisfield MD 21817 SomersetLending Library in the camp store, and a little free library in front of the bathhouse in C Loop.
Martinak State Park
​​137 Deep Shore Road, Denton, MD 21629Caroline​
​ Next to Butterfly Camping Loop bulletin board
​Patapsco Valley State Park ​​- Hilton Campground​ 1101 Hilton Avenue Catonsville Md 21228BaltimoreNext to Camphost site
Patapsco Valley State Park - Hollofield Campground
8020 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City Md 21043Howard
Next to Camphost site 422
Patapsco Valley State Park - MVC
8020 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City Md 21043Howardrides with the Mobile Visitor Center
Patapsco Valley State Park- Avalon
​​5120 South Street Baltimore MD 21227​Baltimore ​
​Inside the WOJHC
Patapsco Valley State Park- Hilton Nature Playspace 1101 Hilton Avenue Catonsville Md 21228BaltimoreIn the Nature Center PlaySpace
Pocomoke River State Park
3461 Worcester Hwy, Snow Hill, MD 21863Worcester ​
In the camp store
​Soldiers Delight NEA 5100 Deer Park Rd Owings Mills 21117Baltimore inside the entrance of the Visitor Center
​​Susquehanna State Park​ 4118 Wilkinson Road, Havre de Grace, Md 21078​HarfordIn the campground by the contact station
Tuckahoe State Park
13450 Cherry Lane, Ridgely, MD 21660Caroline​
​​​Next to Camp Store at the Eagle Camping Loop​


​Story Trails

Looking for a way to incorporate your reading directly into your exploration of the parks? Please try out one of our Story Trails where you can read a book as you hike along one of Maryland State Parks' many trails. See where you can find them in the table below.

Park Name​AddressCounty​​Location Description
Cunningham Falls State Park
6709 Cunningham Falls Park Rd. Thurmont MD 21788Frederick​​
​Turn left after entering park gates and the trail begins between the playground and restrooms. It is .15 miles long and leads to the back of the Manor Area Visitor Center and Aviary.
​Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park29761 Boling Broke Point Dr, Trappe, MD 21673TalbotAlong the Middle Section of the Choptank River Trail.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park
4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, MD 21622Dorchester​​
​Throughout the Legacy Garden
​Cypress Branch State Park10803 Galena Rd Millington MD 21651 KentFollow the story around the Pond Day Use Area
Patapsco Valley State Park - Hilton Area
1101 Hilton Avenue Catonsville Md 21228Baltimore​​
​​Storytrail follows the Sensory Trail.