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Mechanicsville is in a low-lying area of St. Mary’s County where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Despite only being an hour's drive from Washington, D.C., this small town evokes an Old World feel, thanks to its sizable population of Amish transplants who left Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1940 to pursue their own visions of how to school their children. There’s also an Old Order Mennonite community in town.
Given its favorable location, Mechanicsville is a convenient launching point for your journeys in southern Maryland, whether it’s trips on land or adventures on the water. There are so many to choose from that planning is a mini-adventure in itself. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Book an RV in St. Mary’s County today and breathe in the natural gifts, history, and heritage of the region as they open up before you.
St. Mary's County is a veritable playground for seekers of water adventures. With more than 500 miles of shore on the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, you will have plenty of options when it comes to water-based activities. Head to Greenwell State Park for action closest to the water (along the Patuxent River) or combine outdoors with history at Point Lookout State Park less than an hour away by camper rental from Mechanicsville.
At Point Lookout, you can launch a rental boat from the jetty, cast a line out from the fishing pier, or scan the sand bar at Tanner's Creek for a flock of terns. Besides just being a natural park, Point Lookout had also played a key role during the Civil War era. Visit the park's museum for its display on African-American heritage and stories of runaway slaves' escape to freedom.
The first Maryland colonists set foot at St. Clement's Island in March 1634 to establish the fourth British colony. This historic landing is commemorated with a 40-foot cross, reminding visitors of the first Catholic mass celebrated here by Father Andrew White that led to the birth of Maryland. Leave your RV rental near Mechanicsville for a while and take the seasonal water taxi or a private boat to get to the 40-acre island. Now a state park, the island is easily navigable on foot, with ample sandy beach for picnic lunches. You might even encounter hundreds of monarch butterflies as they seek warmer weather south during their annual migration.
If you find yourself heading to Baltimore, set aside some time to explore the 20-mile Avalon Loop Trail. The moderately graded, and in season, heavily trafficked, trail is suitable for hiking and mountain biking and well worth your visit for its added touristic draws: scenic waterfall vista and ruins from Maryland's colonial past.
Point Lookout is a worthwhile option to park your motorhome rental near Mechanicsville for its availability of full hook up sites, showers, and restrooms (in season). There's also a campground in Leonardtown, the county seat, about 20 miles from Mechanicsville. About the same distance heading to the Potomac River, you'll encounter an RV park in Port Tobacco. There's another campground close to Point Lookout if you're headed down to the Chesapeake Bay. Fortunately, there are close to a dozen gas stations in Mechanicsville so you can refuel before heading out of town.
Walmart parking lots can be adequate places to stay overnight or two in areas where RV campgrounds are few and far between. Depending on where you're headed, you'll be closest to the La Plata Walmart when you're going north, or the California Walmart if south. Secure the store manager's approval before parking your Mechanicsville travel trailer rental and calling it a day.
Mechanicsville offers a wonderful range of crustacean delicacies for the discerning seafood lover. You also won't have a hard time looking for classic American eats, diner basics, and comfort/fast food. There's even a Chinese restaurant and also a place serving Mexican food if you are so inclined. A handful of convenience stores and an Amish farm where you can pick up fresh produce round out your dining options.
Sightings of American buffalo are rare on this side of the continent unless you happen to be in 17th-century Summerseat. It's a 120-acre working farm in Mechanicsville also featuring a Queen Anne-style manor, a vineyard, and a bluebird trail. Visit the farm and you get to peek behind the scenes as you explore the outbuildings and meat and dairy houses.
Rent a motorhome in Mechanicsville in July and time your visit around the annual Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival at Coltons Point. Headlined by nationally-known jazz artists and organized by the St. Clement's Island Museum, the event offers an opportunity to enjoy crab cakes, rockfish, and oysters on the riverside museum lawn with a view of the river and the gorgeous island. Jazz-themed after-parties cap off the event at historic Leonardtown.
On the Patuxent side of the county, Sotterley Plantation beckons visitors with its 300-year history and almost 100 acres of scenic beauty. Stroll around its Colonial Revival Gardens, see where its six miles of nature trails lead you and step inside more than 20 historic buildings including the 1703 Plantation House and the original 1803 slave cabin. Join a guided tour to learn about the story of the Kane Family and life in the plantation during the War of 1812 and the Civil War era.
With many attractions catering to a wide range of interests, St. Mary’s County alone is a handful to explore. And you would just be getting started. But enough about planning, cross the bridge when you get there. Search for an RV rental in Mechanicsville, MD now, and just go!