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Baltimore County, MD
A largely suburban county in northern Maryland, Baltimore boasts approximately 785,618 resident…the third-highest population in the state, with the second highest number of jobs!
Baltimore County’s history stretches back to the 1650s and English rule. Throughout the years, a number of portions of the county have been “broken” off to form or help form surrounding counties, as population increase has demanded. The most notable portion to be removed from the county was the City of Baltimore which became an independent city in 1851.
Baltimore County offers a wealth of recreational activities on its own, but when combined with the City of Baltimore, there is almost too much to choose from.
North Point State Park
—North Point State Park, located on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, offers 1,310 acres of natural resources and historical significance. Among the supported activities at the park are hiking, biking, tidal fishing, bird watching and picnicking.
The historic Defenders Trail passes through the park. The trail was used in the War of 1812 by American Soldiers to fight off the attacking British. Another interesting historical site within the park is the Bay Shore Amusement Park which operated from 1906 to 1947. In its 40 years of operation the park was a popular summer destination. A couple of restored buildings stand on the site today as markers of the past.
Gunpowder Falls State Park
—With 18,000 acres stretching between Harford and Baltimore Counties, Gunpowder Falls State Park is one of the largest state parks in Maryland. The variety of topography, ranging from marshes and wetlands to steep slopes, provides activities for everyone, no matter what their pleasure is. There are more than 100 miles of trails including the 21-mile Northern Central Railroad Trail. The Gunpowder River offers excellent trout fishing and other freshwater or tidal fishing areas as well as a swimming beach. The Dundee Creek Marina offers a boat launch on Gunpowder River along with rowboat rental, fuel and a marina store.
City of Baltimore
—While Baltimore’s cultural and recreational offerings are too numerous to list, some of the more popular include professional sporting events, featuring the Baltimore Orioles (Major League Baseball) and the Baltimore Ravens (National Football League); the Baltimore Zoo; the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; the Lyric Opera House; and the Inner Harbor, which features numerous attractions including bars, clubs, and restaurants, Harborplace, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center and historic Fells Point.