Looking for a secluded get-a-way in Maryland… try this hidden beach

By: David M. Higgins II

This Hidden Beach In Maryland Will Take You A Million Miles Away From It All

With tourists flocking to Maryland beaches during the summer, there aren’t too many spots you can getaway and truly feel relaxed. Luckily, there is a new beach destination in the Old Line State but here’s the kicker – it’s only reachable by boat. If you’re able to make your way to this hidden beach in Maryland, you’ll truly feel a million miles away from it all.

After years of dredging, this newly restored slice of paradise is now open to the public. While this 1,100-acre island includes unique marshes, trails, and a pond, most head here for a day of complete isolation on the beautiful beach. There are also 22 campsites available in case you want to make it an overnight trip. Say goodbye to crowds because this picturesque spot is one of the most secluded places in Maryland.

Hart-Miller Island is a 1,100-acre island located in Baltimore County on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of Middle River and is a must see for those who want to get away from it all. The island was originally part of a peninsula that extended from Edgemere, Maryland. The two islands, Hart and Miller were joined by the construction of a dike in 1981, and until 2009, the impoundment was filled with dredge material from Baltimore Harbor, eventually creating Hart-Miller island.

In recent years, Hart-Miller Island has become a haven for boaters in the northern Chesapeake Bay, providing the public opportunities to encounter many different species of plants, insects and wildlife along with other fun recreational activities.

The western shore of the island offers safe mooring, wading and access to a 3,000-foot sandy beach. Hart-Miller Island State Park also includes Hawk Cove and Pleasure Island, which also provide recreational opportunities and camping. The park is well-known for its abundant migrating bird populations.

It is accessible by personal boat only. The South Cell is staffed and open to the public May – September from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Along with regular day-use amenities, boaters and beach-goers can now rent bicycles to ride around the eight miles of trails on the island. There are also opportunities to picnic, fish, hike and bird-watch.

Primitive camping is also available May 1 – September 30. Hart-Miller Island offers 22 campsites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are six campsites at the main camping area on Hart-Miller, 11 sites at Hawk Cove and five sites on Pleasure Island. All sites have a picnic table, lantern post and campfire grill. Restrooms are only available on Hart-Miller and there is no public water. A registration fee of $6.00 per site/per night will be collected by a ranger.

Campfires may only be built in the fire rings provided and alcohol is prohibited in all areas of Hart-Miller Island, Hawk Cove and Pleasure Island. For more information about Hart-Miller Island State Park, visit dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/hartmiller.aspx

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