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The Appalachian Mountains of western Maryland are home to Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests.

is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D. to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east.

The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis.

Maryland is bounded on its north by Pennsylvania, on its west by West Virginia, on its east by Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean, and on its south, across the Potomac River, by West Virginia and Virginia.

The mid-portion of this border is interrupted by Washington, D.

Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State.

The state is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria of France.

Later, the river forms the Inner Harbor as it empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

Most of the state's waterways are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with the exceptions of a tiny portion of extreme western Garrett County (drained by the Youghiogheny River as part of the watershed of the Mississippi River), the eastern half of Worcester County (which drains into Maryland's Atlantic coastal bays), and a small portion of the state's northeast corner (which drains into the Delaware River watershed).

and was later adopted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as their mascot.

Maryland's reptile and amphibian population includes the diamondback terrapin turtle, which was adopted as the mascot of University of Maryland, College Park.

Close to the small town of Hancock, in western Maryland, about two-thirds of the way across the state, there are 1.83 miles (2.95 km) between its borders.