Tranquility and Charm in Harford County, Maryland


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TOP IMAGE: Sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay © Sean Simmons

Located at the top of the Chesapeake Bay, Harford County, Maryland, is a convenient stop for travelers along I-95. Slow down as you take in the waterfront views in the charming and historic town of Havre de Grace. Engage your senses and adventurous spirit as you traverse hiking or biking trails, nature centers, or an award-winning topiary garden.

Havre de Grace, a vibrant and charming waterfront community, offers a rich history and a full slate of events throughout the year. The five museums of Havre de Grace include a Decoy Museum, Maritime Museum, Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, and Concord Point Lighthouse and Keeper’s House. Shop art galleries, specialty boutiques, and antique shops. Experience the tranquility on the water in a boat, kayak, parasail, or stand-up paddleboard. When it’s time to refuel and rest, choose a delightful restaurant and bed and breakfast to make your
stay complete.

With 89 county parks and three state parks, there is a trail for everyone! Rocks State Park, situated on 850 acres, is perfect for picnicking, hiking, tubing, canoeing, or fishing. Two unique landmarks are a must-see in Rocks State Park. The “King and Queen Seat” offers a spectacular 190-foot-high rock outcrop overlooking Deer Creek, where legend has it that the Susquehannocks, a local Native American tribe, once sat in tribal council. The second is Kilgore Falls, a 17-foot free-falling waterfall that is the second-highest vertical falls in Maryland.

Light House in Harford Maryland
Lighthouse in the spring time © Sean Simmons

If you are looking for the perfect place to camp, try Susquehanna State Park. The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland, and the mighty Susquehanna River itself beckons fisherman and boaters alike. Discover the Rock Run Historic Area with its working grist mill showcasing a 12-ton water wheel, the Archer
Mansion, Jersey Toll House and the Susquehanna Tidewater Canal.

Add one of the following thematic trails to your Harford County trip itinerary for the perfect getaway—Barn Quilt Trail, Libation Trail, Mural Trail, Snowball Trail, or Ice Cream Trail. The Barn Quilt Trail is a collection of colorfully painted quilts mounted on barns and showcases our county’s agricultural heritage. Take time to savor some Maryland crab soup, taste freshly picked produce or sample homemade ice cream and watch the sunset at a farm brewery or winery. Each of the 11 stops on the Libation Trail is a one-of-a-kind experience. Snowballs, a Maryland tradition, will satisfy that sweet tooth.

There is no place quite like Ladew Topiary Gardens, offering over 100 life-size topiaries on 22 acres. The gardens are exquisite in any season, which is why this spot is world-renowned and voted one of the top five gardens in North America. Fox hunting memorabilia and antiques fill the 1747 Manor House. Enjoy the butterfly house, nature walk, café, gift shop, and historical displays.

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About Harford County

Harford County is located just 25 miles northeast of Baltimore and is strategically located on I-95 along the shores of the scenic Chesapeake Bay. The vibrant area offers visitors picturesque beauty, bustling urban centers, historic harbor towns, and a variety of world-class cultural and sports amenities.


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