Besley Demonstration Campsite

Besley Demonstration Campsite (HM5JP)

Location: Elkridge, MD 21075 Howard County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 14.458', W 76° 45.009'

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Recreational camping on Maryland's public lands began near this spot about 1916. Maryland's first state forester, Fred W. Besley, encouraged the public to participate in outdoor recreation on state forest lands in an effort to foster an appreciation for forest conservation, and to gain public support for acquiring more forest and park lands. To set an example, Besley and his family camped at the Cascade Falls area of Patapsco State Forest Reserve during the summer months. This site proved an attractive venue for Baltimore City residents, launching the tradition of recreational camping on state forest and park lands.
HM NumberHM5JP
Year Placed2006
Placed ByMaryland Forestry and Parks Centennial
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 348962 N 4344976
Decimal Degrees39.24096667, -76.75015000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 14.458', W 76° 45.009'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 14' 27.48" N, 76° 45' 0.54" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6131-6199 River Rd, Elkridge MD 21075, US
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