Rocky Gap is a great place to take the kids for the day of swimming and hiking or weekend camping.
Located in western Maryland, Rocky Gap encompasses 3,000 acres of public land, including a manmade lake. There is large beach section with lifeguards through Labor Day, playgrounds, snack bars and boat rentals.
Both hiking and mountain biking are popular here, and by mid-August, the crowds disappear. There is a trail around the lake for a long hike or mountain bike ride.
Check online for camping information.
The park is open 7 a.m. to sunset. Day use fees are $4/person Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
For more information, visit the Rocky Gap State Park website.
For more to do at state parks, check out our story on late summer fun at 6 Maryland state parks.