St. Mary’s County is a Chesapeake Bay destination brimming with history, outdoor fun, vibrant culture, and passionate people eager to share it all with you. Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., discover the mid-Atlantic’s best kept travel secret.
Cradled by the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, St. Mary’s is a peninsula with a 500-mile shoreline to explore. With five water-based state parks, numerous waterways, hunting areas, and fishing opportunities, you’ll find what you’re looking for here in St. Mary’s County. The numerous water trails and woodlands provide abundant opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, and hike. Local species range from white-tailed deer to waterfowl and a variety of fresh and saltwater fish, making St. Mary’s County ideal for sportsmen of all skill levels. There is wide-open water, fast flowing rivers, serene tidal creeks, and even a fine freshwater trophy bass lake. If you’re a serious fisherman or just casting about for some fun, St. Mary’s can deliver. The many state parks and wildlife management areas also provide great hunting terrain.