Best Hiking in Maryland

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

  • #1 Wildlands Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park

    15 Reviews

    Baltimore, MD

    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. ...
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop follows the upland forests of the fall zone, crossing a few streams and visiting a pleasant waterfall, then meanders ...

  • #2 Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas

    8 Reviews

    Elkridge, MD

    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. ...
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Known simply as the Avalon area by most cyclists, this small corner of the Patapsco Valley State Park is quite possibly one ...

  • #3 McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

    3 Reviews

    Poolesville, MD

    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, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Wedged between the Potomac River and River Road in western Montgomery County, lies a little-known wildlife management area ...

  • #4 Loch Raven Reservoir: Merryman Trail

    3 Reviews

    Timonium, MD

    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 ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  9.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Arguably the prettiest trail in the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed. Follow it to Merryman Point, where the reservoir spreads ...

  • #5 Blue Ridge Summit - Hog Rock, Catoctin Mountain Park

    5 Reviews

    Thurmont, MD

    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 ...
    •  5.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A ramble through hardwood forests and over ridges of Catoctin Mountain, with views of the Blue Ridge and the Monocacy Valley. ...

  • #6 Schaeffer Farms

    6 Reviews

    Germantown, MD

    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 ...
    •  1.5 to 3 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    These trails are a perfect example of mountain bike advocacy at work and the ones that set the tone for the future of mountain ...

  • #7 Wolf Rock - Chimney Rock Loop, Catoctin Mountain Park

    4 Reviews

    Thurmont, MD

    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 ...
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a somewhat rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation known as Wolf Rock, traveling through ...

  • #8 Calvert Cliffs State Park

    5 Reviews

    Prince Frederick, MD

    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 ...
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike through forest and bog down to the Chesapeake Bay where fossils are abundant below the sandstone cliffs. Calvert ...

  • #9 Patapsco

    13 Reviews

    Baltimore County, MD

    Patapsco is a hiking and biking trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 428 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  0.4 miles

    Patapsco is a hiking and biking trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 428 feet altitude. ...

  • #10 Gunpowder Falls Trail

    10 Reviews

    Gunpowder Falls State Park (Central Area), MD

    Gunpowder Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is within Gunpowder Falls State Park (Central Area). It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 19 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  3.6 miles

    Gunpowder Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Baltimore County, Maryland. It is within Gunpowder Falls State Park (Central Area). ...

  • #11 High Knob - Catoctin Mountain Loop, Gambrill State Park

    5 Reviews

    Frederick, MD

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A circuit along and beside the ridge of Catoctin Mountain through mature hardwood forest, offering excellent views east and ...

  • #12 Double Rock Park

    3 Reviews

    Parkville, MD

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Enjoy a remarkably isolated spot where Stemmers Run meanders over a slew of rocks in the heart of heavily populated Parkville-Overlea. ...

  • #13 Swallow Falls State Park Loop

    8 Reviews

    Oakland, MD

    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 ...
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy circuit hike in Swallow Falls State Park through a mature hemlock forest along the scenic Youghiogheny River to Maryland’s ...

  • #14 Lake Montebello-Herring Run Park Trail

    3 Reviews

    Baltimore, MD

    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 ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Stroll around the busy urban retreat of Lake Montebello and then plunge into the thick woods surrounding Herring Run, a forested ...

  • #15 Robert E. Lee Park: Lake Roland

    3 Reviews

    Riderwood, MD

    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. ...
    •  2–2.5 hours
    •  5.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Follow an old rail bed along Jones Falls to Lake Roland before returning through upland forest. Along the way, catch sight ...

  • #16 C&O Canal Towpath - Paw Paw Tunnel

    3 Reviews

    Cumberland, MD

    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 ...
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A walk along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath through a tunnel more than half a mile long, followed by a scenic walk near ...

  • #17 Gambrill State Park: Yellow Trail

    5 Reviews

    Frederick, MD

    Maintained by MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), the Yellow Trail in Gambrill State Park is a challenging and demanding ride. Gambrill is one of the most popular mountain biking destinations ...
    •  1 to 1.5 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Maintained by MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), the Yellow Trail in Gambrill State Park is a challenging and demanding ...

  • #18 Rocks State Park

    4 Reviews

    Street, MD

    Explore 85 acres of dense forest and massive boulders rising above Deer Creek, culminating in the main attraction: King and Queen’s Seat, 90- foot rock outcroppings once the ancestral meeting ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Explore 85 acres of dense forest and massive boulders rising above Deer Creek, culminating in the main attraction: King and ...

  • #19 Cromwell Valley Park with Loch Raven Add - on

    3 Reviews

    Parkville, MD

    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 ...
    •  2.5–3 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    An opportunity for pleasant hiking within 371- acre Cromwell Valley Park, as well as adding a more strenuous Loch Raven extension. ...

  • #20 Oregon Ridge Park

    4 Reviews

    Hunt Valley, MD

    Hike up and down hills in one of the Baltimore area’s most popular parks. Oregon Ridge has become well known around Baltimore for many things: its annual Fourth of July celebration with a performance ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Hike up and down hills in one of the Baltimore area’s most popular parks. Oregon Ridge has become well known around Baltimore ...