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Poll finds history is top draw at Md. state parks

TOWSON — A new poll shows that Maryland residents heavily favor state parks with features of historical interest.

Goucher College released the results Tuesday of a telephone poll of 665 residents queried in late October.

When asked about the most appealing activities at state parks, 69 percent said they would likely or very likely visit historic sites.

Hiking came in second. Fifty-six percent of people indicated an interest in that activity.

Fewer than half of those polled expressed interest in fishing, guided nature programming, canoeing, camping, mountain biking or hunting.

About half of the state’s 66 parks list “historical interest” as a feature.

The poll was independently funded but devised in collaboration with the Maryland Park Service.

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