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Free Admission At Maryland’s National Parks This Weekend

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For National Park Week, people in Maryland and elsewhere can enjoy all national parks for free on April 22 and 23.

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Every national park across the country will offer free admission this weekend to celebrate National Park Week. Admission will be free on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23.

Here are 15 sites in Maryland to check out from the National Park Service. They range from Civil War battlefields to wildlife refuges.

Antietam, Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam, fought here, is known as the bloodiest in American history.

Assateague Island: Beaches, marshes and bays are part of the landscape on this 37-mile barrier island, which is partly in Maryland and partly in Virginia. It is home to bands of wild horses.

Catoctin Mountain, Thurmont: This park in Frederick County was created under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt after the Great Depression.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Hagerstown: Take a look at the C&O Canal, which enabled coal, lumber and other products to get to market for 100 years along the Potomac River.

Fort Foote, Oxon Hill: Built in 1863, this site was designed to strengthen the ring of fortifications encircling Washington, D.C. Two of the guns that protected Washington remain along with earthworks.

Fort McHenry, Baltimore: The defense of Baltimore at this location inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Fort Washington: Built to defend the river approach to Washington, D.C., this fort has evolved as a brick and stone structure in the 19th century to concrete and steel in the 20th century.

Glen Echo Park: Started in 1891, this park offers year-round cultural and recreational activities.

Pictured, Glen Echo Park.

Greenbelt Park: Just 12 miles from Washington, D.C., the park features a 174-site campground, 9 miles of trails and three picnic areas.

Hampton, Towson: The Hampton estate includes a Georgian mansion, overseer’s house and slave quarters.

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By Elizabeth Janney