Hart-Miller Island State Park

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Hart-Miller Island State Park
Maryland State Park
Hart-Miller Island State Park.JPG
Country United States
State Maryland
County Baltimore
Elevation 3 ft (1 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°15′04″N 76°22′37″W / 39.25111°N 76.37694°W / 39.25111; -76.37694Coordinates: 39°15′04″N 76°22′37″W / 39.25111°N 76.37694°W / 39.25111; -76.37694 [1]
Area 244 acres (99 ha) [2]
Established 1977-78 [3]
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Location in Maryland
Website: Hart-Miller Island State Park

Hart-Miller Island State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located on Hart-Miller Island, a man-made landfill linking three natural Chesapeake Bay islands—Hart, Miller, and Pleasure—near the mouth of Middle River in Maryland. The state park is accessible only by boat.[4]


Pleasure Island hosted the New Bay Shore amusement park from the late 1940s until it was shut down following excessive storm damage in the mid-1960s. The area comprising Hart, Miller, and Pleasure islands—with a total land surface of 250 acres (100 ha)—was acquired by the state in the late 1970s. A dike was built joining Hart and Miller islands into Hart Miller Island in 1983, and the subsequent containment area was filled with dredge material from Baltimore harbor and the Patapsco River over the next 20 years.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park features a 3,000-foot (910 m) sandy beach, hiking trails, an observation platform, picnicking facilities, and sites for overnight camping. Most of the island's 1,100-acre surface area is closed to the public.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Hart-Miller Island State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year 2014 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. December 18, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Arnold "Butch" Norden. "Hart-Miller Island State Park: Creating a Unique Resource Out of Dredged Material". Maryland DNR. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Hart-Miller Island State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 

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