Tall Ship Festival Coming to MD + Scary Movie Hike Scheduled


MARYLAND — Maryland offers plenty of fall events, from a tall ship festival to a horror movie ride. Residents can also explore a state park known for its fall foliage or attend a Halloween party with live music.

Patch recently partnered with several local organizations to bring you their latest news. This guest contribution comes from National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways and the Chesapeake Conservancy. Here’s what Jody Hedeman Couser submitted to help you explore the Chesapeake Bay:


Downrigging is a gathering of magnificent tall ships – there’s nothing quite like seeing the downrigging fleet lit up along Chestertown’s waterfront. And for music lovers[,] the festival’s co-headline is live bluegrass music. The festival also features sails and tall ship tours, fireworks, lectures, exhibits, family activities, regional dishes and more. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s environmental education programs and other non-profit organizations participating in the festival. October 28-30. Chestertown, MD. More information and tickets”

“Blair Witch Heritage Hike

At the end of the 1990s, two young filmmakers marked the history of cinema. “The Blair Witch Project” caused a stir around the world and remains one of the highest-grossing films in Hollywood history. Join Ranger Ledbetter…to learn how this horror classic was shot at Seneca Creek State Park and visit the actual filming locations from the film. Suggested donation of $2/person to Friends of Seneca Creek State Park. Oct. 30, 3-5 p.m.; Button Farm, Germantown, MD. More information”

“Fall destination: hiking, biking, trail running, camping

According to the October 20 Maryland DNR Fall Foliage Report, Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, Maryland is at “near peak” fall foliage. The centerpiece of the park is [the] magnificent 243-acre Habeeb Lake, reflecting the autumnal beauty of the surrounding mountains… The lake is fed by Rocky Gap Run, which meanders through a mile-long gorge, flanked by steep cliffs and dense hemlock forest of rhododendron and mountain laurel. You can “rock hop” down the canyon on the challenge [5-mile-long] Evitts Homesite Trail or enjoy the 5+ mile diversity of the Lakeside Loop Trail. The Lakeside Loop Trail crosses four-foot bridges, hugs the shoreline, and meanders through the woods, making it ideal for hiking, running, and mountain biking (intermediate rated). The [quarter-mile-long] Touch of Nature Trail is flat and paved for the less adventurous. Rocky Gap Campground offers 278 individual campsites, as well as mini-cabin and yurt options. More information on Rocky Gap State Park.”

“Hootenany Halloween Party

Attend the last concert in Martinak [State] Park’s Free Summer Concert Series and show off your [Halloween] disguise to receive a treat. Campers can enter the [Halloween] camping decoration contest. Music will be provided by the Chris Sacks Band, a fusion of tropical and American rock. Oct. 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Martinak State Park, Denton, MD. More information”



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