One of Maryland’s best hikes for getting away from it all, this is a circuit hike in and above the remote canyon of Fifteenmile Creek. Fifteenmile Creek slices a 200-foot gorge between Green Ridge and Town Hill on its way to the Potomac River. The 45,000-acre Green Ridge State Forest provides a sense of the wild backcountry, only two-and-a-half hours from Washington, D.C. Considering the hike begins only a few hundred yards from the interstate and then spends the first 0. 3 mile in proximity to it, this ramble offers surprising solitude.
It also presents a nice opportunity to combine hiking with fly fishing in one of several shaded holes down in the gorge. The hike travels south on Green Ridge Hiking Trail, spending about 3.0 miles within sight and sound of tumbling water. Special considerations: The forest is open to hunting November through February; check with the state forest headquarters for details. The trail is well maintained for foot travel and is passable by hikers of most abilities, with two minor exceptions on the circuit hike: In two places the trail follows a narrow ledge that requires careful going with young children or novice hikers.
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