25 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Maryland
Maryland's varied terrain and climate mean there's a way for everyone to get outside and have some fun—whatever the season.
1 Ride the Rail Trails
While the train is still a great way to get around, there aren’t that many around anymore. The railroad's loss can be your gain, as more and more of these abandoned railroad tracks have been paved over and turned into biking and hiking trails. The Western Maryland Rail Trail boasts 23 miles of flat, paved bike trail along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, and the Baltimore-Annapolis one connects Annapolis and Glen Burnie along the former B&A Short Line Railroad. There are more than a dozen rail trails in the state, so you can see much of Maryland this way.
2 Fossil Hunt at Calvert Cliffs State Park
Kids (and science geeks of all ages) will love hanging out on the park’s beach looking for fossils (we’re talking shark's teeth rather than T. Rex bones, but still…). Go after a storm, when fresh fossils wash ashore.
3 Hike the Appalachian Trail
Maryland's portion of the Appalachian Trail covers 40 picturesque miles, from Pen-Mar to the Potomac River. It's an easy hike (by Appalachian Trail standards). Just follow the ridge of South Mountain—and keep following it until you hit Virginia!
4 Walk the Beaches of Assateague Island
Just a short ride from the bustle of Ocean City, Assateague Island, with its pristine beaches and wild horses, is a great family getaway. Camp out on the beach or take a stroll on one of the nature walks. Did we mention that the place is full of wild horses? Wild horses!