With school out for the summer and people looking for ways to occupy the warm days that don't involve going to the mall or jumping into an overcrowded and over-chlorinated pool, this question is especially relevant.
There are lots of ways to make the most out of a daytrip to Rocklands. Here are a couple that we like.
1. Berry-picking at neighboring Homestead Farm. There are other nearby farms that offer pick-your-own (like Butler's Orchard and Lewis Orchards), but Homestead is within walking distance of Rocklands. Check their website before you go to see what's in season that week. Right now, looks like it's blueberries and cherries! If you can manage to go on a weekday, take advantage of the smaller crowds — then head back to Rocklands to wine-down. Trivia: did you know Homestead Farm is owned by the family whose ancestors built Rocklands Farm? Learn more in one of our history posts.
- Marble Quarry is a hiker-biker campsite located within Dickerson Conservation Park. The quarry was the birthplace of Potomac Marble, which was used in the U.S. Capitol's Old Hall of Representatives and Statuary Hall.
- Horsepen Branch also features a hiker-biker campsite, not accessible by car. This one is less than 5 miles from Riley's Lock.
- Refurbished lockhouses on the C&O Canal provide a not quite under-the-stars, yet still rustic experience. Take your pick of six historic lockhouses that you can rent at http://www.canaltrust.org/programs/canal-quarters.