Best Trails of Maryland

This list represents the most popular trails in Maryland. Use this list to plan your next Maryland outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. 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. Watchi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Baltimore, MD - Hiking - 5.2 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#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"
Poolesville, MD - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Walking - 5.1 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#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)
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#4. Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas


Known simply as the Avalon area by most cyclists, this small corner of the Patapsco Valley State Park is quite possibly one of Washington, D.C./Baltimore’s most popular mountain-biking playgrounds. Av…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
Elkridge, MD - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 20 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view allBestHiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking Trail - Click to view allBestHiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking Trail - Click to view allBestHiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. 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 option…
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)
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#6. 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 h…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Thurmont, MD - Hiking - 5.1 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Schaeffer Farms


These trails are a perfect example of mountain bike advocacy at work and the ones that set the tone for the future of mountain biking, not only in Montgomery County, but in many jurisdictions around t…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
Germantown, MD - Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 10 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Patapsco Valley State Park: Orange Grove–Avalon Areas


See waterfalls, rivers, streams, upland forest, historic structures, and entire herds of deer in one of the more diverse hikes in Patapsco Valley State Park. This hike begins in the Orange Grove Area…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Catonsville, MD - Hiking - 6.4 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. 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 Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park


Piscataway Park is named for the Piscataway Creek and its namesake American Indians, who were once one of the most populous tribes in the Chesapeake Bay region. In the late 18th century, the view acro…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
Accokeek, MD - Hiking, Walking - 3.4 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. Calvert Cliffs State Park


A hike through forest and bog down to the Chesapeake Bay where fossils are abundant below the sandstone cliffs. Calvert Cliffs State Park is unique among hiking opportunities in the region for its up…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Prince Frederick, MD - Hiking - 3.6 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. High Knob - Catoctin Mountain Loop, Gambrill State Park


A circuit along and beside the ridge of Catoctin Mountain through mature hardwood forest, offering excellent views east and west. This hike along Catoctin Mountain offers plentiful, sweeping views no…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Frederick, MD - Hiking - 5 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park


The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal was built between 1828 and 1850 with the intention of linking Chesapeake Bay ports with the Ohio Valley. Rendered obsolete by the railroad even before it was completed, the…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Cumberland, MD - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 184.5 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Double Rock Park


Enjoy a remarkably isolated spot where Stemmers Run meanders over a slew of rocks in the heart of heavily populated Parkville-Overlea. The Parkville Recreation Council manages the Double Rock recreati…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Parkville, MD - Hiking - 2.25 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Lake Montebello-Herring Run Park Trail


Stroll around the busy urban retreat of Lake Montebello and then plunge into the thick woods surrounding Herring Run, a forested marvel surrounded by a mass of humanity. Since I was heading left in my…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Baltimore, MD - Hiking - 3.7 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Robert E. Lee Park: Lake Roland


Follow an old rail bed along Jones Falls to Lake Roland before returning through upland forest. Along the way, catch sight of rare serpentine landscape. Climb over the guardrail and head right. Unless…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Riderwood, MD - Hiking - 5.6 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Gunpowder Falls State Park: Jerusalem Village Trail with Jericho Covered Bridge Trail


Leave from historic Jerusalem Village and follow the floodplain of Little Gunpowder Falls before returning for a trip to the Jericho Covered Bridge. You can spend hours in historic Jerusalem Village a…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Kingsville, MD - Hiking - 4.8 miles Best Trail in md - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. C&O Canal Towpath - Paw Paw Tunnel


A walk along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath through a tunnel more than half a mile long, followed by a scenic walk near a remote stretch of the Potomac. The return hike is over a shoulder of the…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Cumberland, MD - Hiking - 3.1 miles
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#19. Baltimore and Annapolis (B&A)


The B&A Trail serves as Anne Arundel’s linear island in the most congested part of the county. This park provides a haven for bikers, strollers, and hikers. The B&A Trail, a rails-to-trails park that…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore"
Glen Burnie, MD - Hiking - 12.7 miles
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#20. Swallow Falls State Park Loop


An easy circuit hike in Swallow Falls State Park through a mature hemlock forest along the scenic Youghiogheny River to Maryland’s tallest waterfall. This delightful short hike packs into a small pack…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
Oakland, MD - Hiking - 1 mile
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