Places to Go Hiking in Maryland

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Be rewarded with beautiful views of the Great Falls of the Potomac on this trail.
C&O Canal’s Billy Goat Trail

Maryland offers miles of trails to explore, from flat, short footpaths to some of the most challenging routes on the East Coast. Lace up your boots and try one of these popular trails.

The Gathland Arch

1 Appalachian Trail

The 40 miles of this legendary trail within Maryland provide a great three- or four-day hike.

Be rewarded with beautiful views of the Great Falls of the Potomac on this trail.

2 C&O Canal’s Billy Goat Trail (A)

It may be short, but this steep trail requires a rugged assent that is not for the faint of heart. The C&O Canal’s Billy Goat Trail (A) in Potomac  is a popular 1.7-mile trail that offers beautiful views of the Potomac River and its falls.

Designed in the 1860s to protect the river entrance to the surrounding seaports, The National Park Service has cleared paths around the ruins here of what is considered the best preserved Civil War fort in the region.

3 Fort Foote Civil War Ruins Trail

The easy 1.7-mile Fort Foote Civil War Ruins Trail in Fort Washington passes through a Civil War fort with real civil war bunkers.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
8901 Fort Foote Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
301-763-4600


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Accokee Boardwalk, Piscataway Park

4 Accokeek Farms at Piscataway Park

Hike a variety of nature trails in this park, home to bald eagles, beavers, deer, foxes, ospreys and other wildlife.


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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
3400 Bryan Point Rd
Accokeek, MD 20607
301-283-2113


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Cunningham Falls is known for its scenic beauty, history and 78-ft. cascading waterfall, plus great hunting, swimming, beaches, boat rental, hiking, and camping.

5 Cunningham Falls Nature Trail

The payoff for this 2.8-mile loop in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont is a view of the 78-foot cascading high falls. Other park trails lead to the popular destinations of Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock.


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Type:
Outdoor Recreation


Location:
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-7574


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6 Torrey C. Brown Trail

Popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists, the wide, flat Torrey C. Brown Trail extends 20 miles from Hunt Valley to the state line.


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Type:
Outdoor Recreation


Location:
7400 Graces Quarters Rd.
Middle River, MD 21220
410-592-2897


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Head to Greenbury Point for the 3.3-mile hike on the Nature Center and Tower Trails or a shorter two-mile Tower Trail hike near the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis.

7 Greenbury Point

Options here include a 3.3-mile hike on the Nature Center and Tower Trails or a shorter two-mile Tower Trail hike near the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis.

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Location:
8901 Fort Foote Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
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Location:
3400 Bryan Point Rd
Accokeek, MD 20607
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Location:
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
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Location:
7400 Graces Quarters Rd.
Middle River, MD 21220
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