The 7 Principles
The Seven Principles of "Leave No Trace" provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard.
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Historic Places in Maryland
Baltimore National Heritage Area, Maryland12 W. Madison St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 878-6411
Description: For nearly three centuries, Baltimore has stood as a center of commerce and culture for the Chesapeake Bay. The city has seen the incredible transformation of American identity, shaped by war, prosperity, and struggles for freedom and civil rights. Visit the Baltimore National Heritage Area to experience the places and people that shaped the nation and forged the American identity.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park,
District of Columbia, Maryland, & West Virginia1850 Dual Highway,
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) -739-4200
Description: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is located in the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and West Virginia. The park was established in 1961 as a National Monument by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to preserve the neglected remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and many of its original structures
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 962-4290
Description: by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Fort Washington Park, Maryland13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Phone: (301) 763-4600
Description: Built to defend the river approach to Washington, DC, Fort Washington has stood as silent sentry for over 200 years. As technologies advanced so did Fort Washington, from the brick and stone of the 19th century to the concrete and steel of the 20th century. Joining the National Park Service in 1946, the park continues to protect the Potomac River.
Greenbelt Park, Maryland6565 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Phone: (301) 344-3944
Description: The park and campground are open year round. Greenbelt Park is located in suburban Greenbelt, Maryland. Specific site Reservations are required at the Greenbelt Park campground year round. The park features a 174 site campground with specific site reservations, nine miles of trails, and three picnic areas. Enjoy the affordability, peaceful surroundings and National Park Service hospitality.
Hampton National Historic Site, Maryland535 Hampton Lane
Towson, MD 21286
Phone: (410) 823-1309
Description: Once possibly the largest private home in America by 1790, the Hampton mansion serves as a grand example of late-Georgian architecture in America. Hampton is also the story of its people, as the estate evolved through the actions of the Ridgely family, enslaved African Americans, European indentured servants, and paid laborers within a nation struggling to define its own concept of freedom.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Maryland, Virginia, & West VirginiaHarpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: (304) 535-6029
Description: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in and around Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The park includes land in the Shenandoah Valley in Jefferson County, West Virginia; Washington County, Maryland and Loudoun County, Virginia.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, MD 65738
Phone: (410) 221-2290
Description: Harriet Tubman was a deeply spiritual woman who lived her ideals and dedicated her life to freedom. She is the Underground Railroad’s best known conductor and before the Civil War repeatedly risked her life to guide nearly 70 enslaved people north to new lives of freedom. This new national historical park preserves the same landscapes that Tubman used to carry herself and others away from slavery.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and VirginiaExtending from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, through Maryland and West Virginia, and ending at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia,
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 338-9114
Description: The Journey is a unique historic, natural and scenic region, with farms and orchards; woodlands and forests; rivers and streams; rolling hills and mountain views; and unspoiled landscapes that can be explored by car, bike, canoe, foot or on horseback. The region is alive with vibrant historic downtowns, rich agriculture and an abundant bounty of wineries, inns and unique cultural events.
Piscataway Park, Maryland13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20616
Phone: (301) 763-4600
Description: Piscataway Park is home to bald eagles, beavers, deer, foxes, ospreys, and many other species. To complement the surroundings, the park has, in addition to a public fishing pier and two boardwalks over fresh water tidal wetlands, a variety of nature trails, meadows, and woodland areas. The Park is also home to National Colonial Farm.
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Maryland6655 Rose Hill Road
Port Tobacco, MD 20677
Phone: (301) 392-1776
Description: Prior to the Revolutionary War, Thomas Stone led a very comfortable life as a planter and lawyer. After realizing war with Great Britain was inevitable, he risked everything he held dear-- life, fortune, and sacred honor-- to safeguard American rights. To that end, Thomas Stone became one of 56 men to sign one of the most important documents in World History; the Declaration of Independence.