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From restaurants to islands, 6 boating hangouts to check out this summer

With a 3,000-foot sandy beach, several hundred species of birds, and relics from the War of 1812 sprinkled throughout the terrain, Hart-Miller Island is like something out of a fiction book. The fact that the state park is only accessible by personal boat adds to its allure.

Although some have been known to kayak from nearby Rocky Point Beach and Park, the majority of visitors arrive by larger boat.

Up until last year, the interior of most of the 1,100-acre island was off limits to visitors. Now, a large portion is open for biking, hikes and overnight camping.

“It’s nestled right in many people’s backyard,” said park ranger Dean Hughes, assistant manager of Gunpowder Falls, North Point and Hart-Miller Island state parks.

Nearby Hawk Cove and Pleasure Island, which also provide camping and recreational options, are also included in the Hart-Miller Island State Park territory. (There are 22 campsites between Hart Miller and Pleasure Island; each site costs $6 per night.)