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.
1 Appalachian Trail
The 40 miles of this legendary trail within Maryland provide a great three- or four-day hike.
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.
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604 Valley Rd.
Knoxville, MD 21758
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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History & Heritage
8901 Fort Foote Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
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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3400 Bryan Point Rd
Accokeek, MD 20607
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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14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
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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Monkton, MD 21111
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.