Named after local resident Artemesia Drefs who donated the land in the early 1900s, the Lake Artemesia Natural Area is a public park that includes a 38 acre lake and more than 2 miles of trails. This scenic plot of land is a popular place for fishing, hiking, and biking, as well as being a hot spot for bird watchers. The park’s Luther Goldman Birding Trail is a great place to catch a glimpse of orioles, finches, ibis, and various other species of birds. A wide array of other wildlife makes the park home as well, from white-tailed deer to beaver.
The Lake Artemesia Natural Area is also very notable as a place to to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. With every turn, there is another breathtaking view, often complimented by a peaceful breeze off of the lake. For over a century, this little slice of heaven has served as a therapeutic and calming destination for Maryland residents.