Rocky Gap State Park

​Programs & Activities

Nature Center & Interpretive Programs

Rocky Gap State Park's interpretive programs are based out of the nature center. Throughout the summer, the nature center offers activities to educate visitors about natural and cultural resources and experience the exciting features of the outdoor environment.

Interpretive activities include nature hikes, talks, nature crafts, demonstrations, children's programs, campfire programs and special events. The Nature Center has open hours for visitors to explore the building and its many exhibits.

Group programs are also available upon request throughout the year and can be tailored to accommodate group needs. To learn more about the interpretive programs available, please contact Ranger Barger at 301-722-1480 or via e-mail at kathryn.barger@maryland.gov.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Activities expanded in 2016 to incorporate opportunities that improve physical and mental well-being. The Healthy Parks, Healthy People program partners with local health care professionals to promote a healthy lifestyle by engaging in outdoor recreation. Staff guided programs are scheduled throughout the year to encourage fitness and introduce visitors to a variety of activities, including: hiking, canoeing, kayaking, SUP boarding, trail jogging, open water swimming, yoga, HIIT, pick-up soccer games and beach volleyball.

Scales & Tales Aviary

“Scales & Tales” is an educational program using injured, non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles native to Maryland. Featured at the Rocky Gap State Park Aviary are many birds that have been injured and cannot be released or have been raised in captivity and could not survive in the wild.

Rocky Gap State Park EagleThis one-of-a-kind program allows visitors the opportunity to view wildlife up close and hear the tales of how the animals became part of the program.

If you are looking for something unique at your next gathering, a Scales & Tales program can be scheduled as part of your special event. To check for program availability, scheduling or to receive information on program costs, please contact the park office at 301-722-1480 or via e-mail to Ranger Barger at kathryn.barger@maryland.gov

The Rocky Gap State Park Aviary does not have regularly scheduled open hours. However, visitors may schedule a visit Labor Day through Memorial Day based on staff availability. Modified hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day allow visitors to observe feeding and training of the birds. For an additional service charge, visitors may reserve a private Critter Encounter or Aviary Tour. Contact Park Headquarters at 301-722-1480 for more information on Scales & Tales or an updated program schedule.