Why You Should Visit
Selinger Marsh lies in the rain shadow of the Appalachian Mountains — this area receives the least rainfall in Maryland. Springs on the surrounding slopes, however, provide the water for the Marsh, making it an unusual wetland in a otherwise very dry region. Selinger Marsh is open year round to the public for birdwatching and nature walks. Admission is free.
Before You Go
- View Preserve Guidelines. Please note: dogs are not allowed at any Conservancy preserve.
- Download the Selinger Marsh Preserve Visitors Guide (pdf)
Two hour drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., near Flintstone
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Selinger Marsh is a rare wetland in this dry region of the state; its importance as a breeding ground for amphibians makes the site a priority in order to maintain viable populations of these species in this part of Maryland.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing Here
Protected by The Nature Conservancy since 1985, Selinger Marsh's 85 acres continue to be areas for research and monitoring, and the Conservancy acts as a steward to ensure that the site maintains its ecological viability.
What to See: Plants
- State-rare fringe-tipped gentian
- Arrowhead, monkey-flower, cardinal flower, New England aster, great blue lobelia, water plantain, blue flag, silky dogwood, alder, and elderberry
What to See: Animals
- Selinger Marsh is an important haven in this otherwise dry region for several amphibians, including the upland chorus frog and the Jefferson salamander
Get the Most from Your Visit
- Please do not remove any plants, animals, or rocks
- There are no trails, other than deer trails, so a compass may help you keep your bearings
- Please help us maintain this unique natural environment by taking home everything that you bring, including biodegradable materials
- For more information, please contact the Maryland/DC Chapter office at 301-897-8570 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Take the Capital Beltway (I-495) to I-270 North
- From I-270 North take I-70 West
- Near Hancock, take I-68 West / US-40 West. Take the Flintstone exit
- From the center of Flintstone continue about .5 mile east to intersection at Town Creek Road
- Turn right across metal bridge onto Town Creek Road
- In about 1.5 miles bear left (stay on pavement) and cross a second metal bridge
- The preserve is 2 miles on the right
- There is no parking lot; please park carefully on the roadside