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

Hiking Adventures in Maryland

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.

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

1 Cunningham Falls Nature Trail - Thurmont

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

2 C&O Canal’s Billy Goat Trail (A) - Potomac

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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Type:
Guides & Outfitters


Location:
604 Valley Rd.
Knoxville, MD 21758
301-834-9950


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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 - Fort Washington

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:
Attraction


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:
Attraction


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


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5 Torrey C. Brown Trail - Baltimore County

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:
Monkton Rd
Monkton, MD 21111
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.

6 Greenbury Point - Annapolis

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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The Gathland Arch

7 Appalachian Trail

The 40 miles of this legendary trail within Maryland provide a great three- or four-day hike.
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This state park near Oakland will treat you to incredible views of mountains plus a 53-foot waterfall. Photo: Natural Artistry Photo By: ​Natural Artistry

8 Swallow Falls State Park

Two water falls make this fairly short length trail (just a little over a mile) surely worth the time in Western Maryland


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
222 Herrington Ln
Oakland, MD 21550
301-334-9180


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This Chesapeake Bay beach is famous with fossil hunters looking for sharks teeth.

9 Calvert Cliffs State Park

A nearly 2-mile hike leads you to breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and a beach full of fossils.  


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
10540 H.G. Trueman Rd
Lusby, MD 20657
301-743-7613


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Bike Trail and Tracks of Maryland

10 Maryland Heights Trail (Knoxville)

Fascinating history combined with sublime views make the Maryland Heights Trail one of the best in Maryland.  

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Featured Places
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Location:
14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
02
Location:
604 Valley Rd.
Knoxville, MD 21758
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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:
Monkton Rd
Monkton, MD 21111
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Location:
222 Herrington Ln
Oakland, MD 21550
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Location:
10540 H.G. Trueman Rd
Lusby, MD 20657
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