Janes Island State Park - full service cabins open year round, NEW - four campsites open year round
Martinak State Park - cottage open year round
Pocomoke River State Park:
Milburn Landing - campsites, mini cabins and youth group open till Dec. 14, mini cabins are also open Feb. 5-8, 2021 and Feb. 12-15, 2021, and youth group is open Feb. 12-15.
Shad Landing - Acorn, Robin's Nest and Water's Edge campsites open year round, all mini cabins open year round, youth group open year round
Pocomoke State Forest
Cedarville State Forest
Point Lookout State Park - Tulip Loop open year round
Green Ridge State Forest
Herrington Manor State Park - full service cabins open year round
New Germany State Park - Full service cabins and campsites in White Oak and Pines open year round
Potomac-Garrett State Forest
Savage River State Forest
Bundle up in layers, bring a snack and get out on the trails. No bugs and no crowds leads to a great hiking experience. Throughout the state, Maryland State Parks and State Forests have trails of varying difficulties -- check our website for details and trail maps.
And don’t forget one of Maryland’s fastest-growing New Year’s traditions -- First Day Hikes.
However you decide to use Maryland public lands in the winter, be sure to bring a camera. Winter photo opportunities are bound to present themselves at every turn -- and enter your best winter shots in the Maryland DNR Photo Contest!
Western Maryland – or Mountain Maryland as some call it – is a true winter wonderland. For some aerobic physical activity that invigorates your senses with cold fresh air, try your hand at cross-country skiing.
Find trails that offer a challenge for skiers of all abilities at Herrington Manor State Park, New Germany State Park, Potomac-Garrett State Forest and Savage River State Forest.
When there is adequate snow, you can make a reservation for a faster-paced experience snowmobiling at Deep Creek Lake State Park, Deep Creek Lake Natural Resource Management Area, Wolf Den Run State Park, and Potomac-Garrett and Savage River state forests. Check with individual parks for rules on where and when you can snowmobile.
At Deep Creek Lake Natural Resource Management Area the surface of the lake is a formal snowmobiling trail, provided ice is thick enough.
Try your hands, or more appropriately your feet, at snowshoeing. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. This activity extends your hiking and running season into winter, is relatively easy and inexpensive, is a low impact aerobic exercise, and is extremely versatile. Discover snowshoeing at Herrington Manor State Park, New Germany State Park, and Potomac-Garrett and Savage River state forests.
Winter Hunting and Fishing
Maryland also offers several winter hunts for deer and wild turkey, and some furbearers can be hunted and trapped throughout the year -- check our Wildlife and Heritage Service web pages for season dates. Most Maryland state forests and wildlife management areas are open year-round for hunting. Some Maryland State Parks and Natural Resource Management Areas also have limited, managed hunts at various times.
Fishing never ends in Maryland. Intrepid anglers who don’t mind a little cold weather can fish for trout and other freshwater species in rivers and streams all year. And there are no season limits or catch limits for Maryland’s most wanted invasive fish, blue catfish and northern snakehead.
Outside temperatures hovering near the freezing mark may be just what you need to try a little ice fishing. This winter sport offers not only fresh table fare, but also could yield a big catch to those willing to brave the cold. Particularly in Western Maryland, anglers can typically expect at least a few weeks of “hardwater” angling.
Deep Creek Lake is arguably the most popular destination for ice fishing, although there are other impoundments that offer ice fishing access. The primary targets at Deep Creek are bluegills, walleye and yellow perch, although largemouth bass, crappie and trophy northern pike are sometimes pulled through the ice.