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Hiking in Maryland: Scenic Trails Guide

Patch News

MARYLAND – The Memorial Day forecast looks favorable for outdoor recreation. Maryland has top-notch trails for hiking and biking, and Patch has a list of trails to try this summer.

From tough, rugged mountaintop trails to calm walks along the shores of the Chesapeake, Maryland is a hiker’s paradise.

Some trails offer stunning views of waterfalls or cross iconic covered bridges. There are even water trails to try if you like kayaking.

rocks state park

Ascend to the majestic King and Queen Seat, a natural promontory that sits 190 feet above Deer Creek and offers unimaginable views of Maryland Piedmont. With over 855 acres of forest to explore, this land is great.

Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park

Get ready for a good workout if you hike the Cunningham Falls Nature Trail at Catoctin Mountain Park. The 2.8 mile loop offers stunning views of the 78 foot high cascading falls. An even more intense workout awaits you on the Wolf Rock Loop Trail which leads to the Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock formations.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Located in a national park, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal offers a variety of trail options. The 1.7 mile Billy Goat Trail offers a steep descent with jagged cliffs and views of the Potomoc River and its falls. The Maryland Heights Trail in Knoxville features a 1,200 foot climb that offers beautiful views.

Fort Foote Park
The Fort Foote Civil War Ruins Trail offers an easy 1.7 mile trail that passes through a Civil War fort with real Civil War bunkers and other interesting pieces of history.

Colonial National Park and National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park

Home to a variety of nature trails, a walk through this park will offer sights of bald eagles, beavers, deer, foxes, and other wildlife. Shorter trails wind through forests, wetlands, and along the Potomac River. The River Trail showcases views of Mount Vernon, the historic home of George Washington.

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail at Gunpowder Falls State Park

Previously known as the Northern Central Railway, the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail is popular among joggers, walkers and cyclists for its wide, flat terrain. The trail is 20 miles and stretches from Hunt Valley to the state line.

Greenbury Point

A hidden gem inside Annapolis, this 3.1-mile loop trail showcases the Severn River. Trails also run along the Nature Center and the Naval Academy Golf Course.

Swallow Falls State Park

For minimal effort and maximum views, visit Swallow Falls State Park where hikers will find two waterfalls, including Maryland’s tallest.

Calvert Cliffs State Park

A total of 21 km of trails meander along the Chesapeake Bay coast. The 1.8 mile red trail ends at the beach where you can hunt for ancient fossils. You might even find huge megaladon shark teeth here.

Loch Raven Reservoir

The Upper Loch Raven Reservoir Trail provides a more relaxing hike along the 6.5 mile loop along the water and surrounded by tall forest.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park

Families flock to Oregon Ridge where the loop offers an easy, groomed 4.4-mile trail.

Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail

This trail allows for a quiet nature walk where you can explore the old railroad and spot local wildlife like otters, blue crabs, and even bald eagles.

Sugarloaf Mountain Recreation Area

The 5.7-mile Sugarloaf Mountain Loop showcases stunning quartzite cliffs. The Civil War Trail shares the history of Sugarloaf Mountain, which was once a Civil War signal station.