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

Places to Go Hiking in Maryland

By Kathy Walsh
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Be rewarded with beautiful views of the Great Falls of the Potomac on this 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.

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Rocks State Park, Jarrettsville
Climb the King and Queen's Seat at this state park and enjoy the vistas of the park's lush forests.
Mitch Lebovic

Rocks State Park features 855 acres of rocky forest land nestled in rural northern Harford and was one of the first state parks in Maryland created for the expressed purpose of protecting a unique natural feature.  Maryland purchased the park to preserve the King and Queen Seat, a spectacular 190-foot high rock outcrop overlooking Deer Creek.

2
Cunningham Falls Nature Trail,Thurmont
Cunningham Falls is known for its scenic beauty, history and 78-ft. cascading waterfall, plus great hunting, swimming, beaches, boat rental, hiking, and camping.

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

3
C&O Canal’s Billy Goat Trail (A), Potomac
Be rewarded with beautiful views of the Great Falls of the Potomac on this trail.

It may be short, but this steep trail requires a rugged ascent 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.

4
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.

5
Accokeek Farms at Piscataway Park
Piscataway Park Pumpkin Ash Trail Boardwalk
Courtesy of 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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Torrey C. Brown Trail, Baltimore County
Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Nature, Free Things to Do, Family Fun

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

7
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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8
Swallow Falls State Park, Oakland
This state park near Oakland will treat you to incredible views of mountains plus a 53-foot waterfall. Photo: Natural Artistry
​Natural Artistry

Swallow Falls State Park near Oakland will treat you to incredible views of mountains plus a 53-foot waterfall.

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

9
Calvert Cliffs State Park, Lusby
This Chesapeake Bay beach is famous with fossil hunters looking for sharks teeth.

Dig for fossils including 23 million-year-old megalodon shark teeth at this remarkably beautiful park on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay.

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

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Maryland Heights Trail, Knoxville
Bike Trail and Tracks of Maryland
Allegany County

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

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