Top Places to Go Hiking in Maryland
Rocks State Park, Jarrettsville
Location: 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd Jarrettsville, MD 21084 410-557-7994
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.
Cunningham Falls Nature Trail,Thurmont
Location: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd Thurmont, MD 21788 301-271-7574
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.
C&O Canal’s Billy Goat Trail (A), Potomac
Location:604 Valley Rd Knoxville, MD 21758 301-834-9950
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.
Fort Foote Civil War Ruins Trail, Fort Washington
Location: 8901 Fort Foote Rd Fort Washington, MD 20744 301-763-4600
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.
Accokeek Farms at Piscataway Park
Location: 3400 Bryan Point Rd Accokeek, MD 20607 301-283-2113
Hike a variety of nature trails in this park, home to bald eagles, beavers, deer, foxes, ospreys and other wildlife.