Selinger Marsh

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


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

From Washington

  • 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

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