Chesapeake Writers’ Conference 2013


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Jerry Gabriel, Director
Chesapeake Writers’ Conference
Montgomery Hall
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686

On-Campus Recreation

The River Center

You can rent kayaks and paddleboards free of charge at the River Center. 

Hiking and Running

There are some beautiful wooded trails on and adjacent to campus for running and hiking. 

Trail Maps:

The Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) and Pool

The Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center (usually called the ARC) is 110,000 square feet of first-class athletic competition and health & fitness activities space for the St. Mary's College of Maryland community.


July 4-6  Closed for Fourth of July
ARC Hours
Monday-Friday 8am - 8 pm
Saturday 12pm - 4 pm
Aquatic Center  
MWF 11am-2pm
Climbing Wall  
Monday-Friday 5pm - 8 pm
Saturday CLOSED

For more information, go to the ARC's website

Off-Campus Recreation

Historic St. Mary's City (contiguous with campus)

Adjacent to campus is Historic St. Mary's City, the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, Maryland's first capital, and "the birthplace of religious toleration." Historic St. Mary's City is an exciting mix of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology, all set in a beautiful tidewater landscape.

Point Lookout State Park (12 minutes from campus)

Recreational opportunities abound on this picturesque peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Swimming, fishing, boating, and camping are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed in this beautiful bay setting. To reach Point Lookout, head south on Route 5 and follow signs

Elm’s Beach (10 minutes from campus)

This park offers wonderful views of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as swimming, hiking, picnicking, fishing and environmental interpretation.

St. Mary’s River State Park (15 minutes from campus)

St. Mary's River State Park is located along Maryland Route 5, between Leonardtown and Great Mills, at the end of Camp Cosoma Road. The area is a popular freshwater fishing spot, and over seven miles of trails encircle a large reservoir.

Solomon’s Island (25 minutes from campus)

You can enjoy Solomon's Island's boardwalk scenery, many choices of dining (casual to fine), and the

Calvert Marine Museum.  For a full picture of what there is to do in Solomon’s, visit: