You can take your formerly live Christmas tree to the curb for the city or  county to pick up, or… go on day trip and take it to a Maryland state park. The Maryland Park Service is asking for Christmas trees so they can increase bird habitat.

Only certain parks are accepting Christmas trees.

Click on the links below for directions and hours of operation:

Assateague State Park — Maryland’s only oceanfront park. It is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west.


Assateague State Park on Christmas Day 2015

Its two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing.

Cunningham Falls State Park — Located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains, it’s divided into two separate but unique areas. The William Houck Area located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77 has the lake area, falls and camping area. The Manor Area off Route 15 three miles south of Thurmont has the Scales and Tales Aviary, camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.

Deep Creek Lake State Park — The park includes approximately 1 mile of shoreline on this, Maryland’s largest man-made lake. Access is available for fishing, swimming, and boat launching. Several picnic areas offer excellent views of the lake with easy access to the beach and other facilities.


Pocomoke River State Park — The scenic Pocomoke River is the setting for the Pocomoke River State Park, Shad Landing, and Milburn Landing areas. Shad Landing is on the south side of the Pocomoke River off Route 113. Milburn Landing is on the north side of the river on Route 364. It is a 25 minute drive between the two areas of Pocomoke River State Park.

Rocky Gap State Park – Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland’s Allegany County. The park encompasses over 3,000 acres of public land for visitors to enjoy. Rugged mountains surround the park, featuring 243-acre Lake Habeeb. The lake is fed by Rocky Gap Run, which winds its way through an impressive mile-long gorge, displaying sheer cliffs, overlooks and a hemlock forest dense with rhododendron and mountain laurel.


Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area — Comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren, the area has over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks and minerals. Currently, a five year effort of removing 1,000 acres of invasive Virginia Pines and prescribed burning are underway to return the area to natural serpentine habitat. There are seven miles of marked hiking trails.

Tuckahoe State Park — Tuckahoe Creek, a quiet country stream bordered for most of its length by wooded marshlands, runs through the length of the park. A 60-acre lake offers boating and fishing. The park offers 20 miles of scenic hiking, biking and equestrian trails, flat water canoeing, hunting, picnicking, as well as a recycled tire playground for children.

Here’s where you’ll find the Maryland state parks that are accepting Christmas trees: 

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