Best Hiking in Maryland

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#1. Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry, WV


The 9.8-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail leading from Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is one of the most popular and rewarding AT day hikes in this region, with good reason. It feature…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Burkittsville, MD - Hiking - 10.2 miles    Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#2. McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area


Wedged between the Potomac River and River Road in western Montgomery County, lies a little-known wildlife management area where careful hikers can roam a splendid expanse of bird-rich crop fields, we…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Seneca, MD - Hiking - 7.9 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#3. Gunpowder Falls North and South Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park


A walk through mixed hardwood and conifer woodlands along and above scenic Gunpowder Falls. You can make a day of hiking in the wooded stream valley of Gunpowder Falls and the ridges above it, or you…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Hereford, MD - Hiking - 9.6 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#4. Appalachian Trail: Pine Knob to Pen Mar County Park


The three fine, west-facing vistas of Annapolis Rock, Black Roc, and High Rock plus a peculiar river of stone called the Devils Racecourse are the highlights of this hike through northern Maryland. T…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Hagerstown, MD - Hiking - 17.8 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#5. U.S. National Arboretum


Tucked away in gritty eastern Washington, the U.S. National Arboretum ranks among the city’s finest outdoor treasures and is this book’s most botanically diverse hiking venue.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Mount Rainier, MD - Hiking - 7.3 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#6. Wildlands Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park


This loop follows the upland forests of the fall zone, crossing a few streams and visiting a pleasant waterfall, then meanders downstream along Big Gunpowder Falls as it leaves the piedmont. Watching…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Baltimore, MD - Hiking - 5.2 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. Upper Northwest Washington Military Sights


March across northern Rock Creek Park and through streets. Check fort attacked in only Confederate raid on Washington. Pay respects at Union cemetery. Retreat through woods. Regroup at civilian cabin.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Chevy Chase, MD - Hiking - 7.3 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. Blue Ridge Summit - Hog Rock, Catoctin Mountain Park


A ramble through hardwood forests and over ridges of Catoctin Mountain, with views of the Blue Ridge and the Monocacy Valley. In spring, dogwoods and other flowering trees are abundant. In about two…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Thurmont, MD - Hiking - 5.1 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#9. Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap, Fox Gap, & Turners Gap


On a warm, sunny Sunday in 1862 a force of 9000 Rebels used the ramparts of South Mountain as a natural fort from which to stage a delaying action against 30,000 Yankee soldiers. Although they lost t…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
Burkittsville, MD - Hiking - 12.3 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#10. Patuxent Research Refuge


Hidden away in suburban Maryland between Washington and Baltimore lies a huge wildlife refuge where hikers can find a diverse and spacious landscape, open skies, many wild birds and animals, a few ves…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Bristol, MD - Hiking - 11 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Loch Raven Reservoir: Merryman Trail


Arguably the prettiest trail in the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed. Follow it to Merryman Point, where the reservoir spreads out in several directions. From the parking area, you have several options…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Timonium, MD - Hiking - 9.8 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Loch Raven Reservoir: Glen Ellen–Seminary Road


Follow the natural contours of the southeastern edge of Loch Raven Reservoir before ascending the hills above to come back through upland forest. At the trailhead, you’ll see a bulletin board explaini…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Lutherville, MD - Hiking - 9 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#13. Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hereford Area): Gunpowder North–South Circuit


Circle Gunpowder Falls at arguably its prettiest and most scenic section. The wrought iron Masemore Road Bridge was built in 1898. A wooden pole sits just to the left of the bridge, pointing out the w…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Parkton, MD - Hiking - 13.2 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Piscataway Park


Piscataway Park, in Prince George’s County, preserves the view across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon. But hikers can also use it to trek through both the past and present.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Marshall Hall, MD - Hiking - 8.5 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Wolf Rock - Chimney Rock Loop, Catoctin Mountain Park


This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through immense stands of hardwoods and abundant mountain laurel. Special consi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Thurmont, MD - Hiking - 4.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#16. Cromwell Valley Park with Loch Raven Add - on


An opportunity for pleasant hiking within 371- acre Cromwell Valley Park, as well as adding a more strenuous Loch Raven extension. Keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife. Cromwell Valley Park (CVP)…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Parkville, MD - Hiking - 6.8 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Sugarloaf Mountain


Washington’s nearest mountain is vista-rich Sugarloaf Mountain, located in southern Frederick County. One can hike up, around, and down it in half a day.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Sugar Loaf Mountain, MD - Hiking - 8.1 miles    Best Trail in MD - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#18. Riverbend Park and Great Falls Park


Riverbend Park and Great Falls Park in Fairfax County, offer hikers Great Falls, great vistas, and a great time in a magnificent Potomac River setting.…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Great Falls, MD - Hiking - 9.8 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Great Falls of the Potomac and C&O Canal National Historical Park, MD


About 15 miles northwest of Washington, DC, is a series of picturesque falls and rapids. At Great Falls the Potomac River roars through a rocky cataract, dropping more than 50 feet to a narrow gorge.…
From the guidebook "Day Trips from Baltimore"
Potomac, MD - Hiking BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. Piney Run Park


Leave the boating and fishing crowds behind as you explore the forests around popular Piney Lake. Before you start your hike, stop in the nature center, which features live reptiles and knowledgeable…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Sykesville, MD - Hiking - 4.7 miles   
Published by Menasha Ridge Press