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Best trails in Maryland

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Trying to find the best Maryland trails? AllTrails has 914 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ellicott City, Frederick or Elkridge, we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Maryland state park trails, check out South Mountain State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area near Dickerson or Savage Park near Jessup. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 539 easy trails in Maryland ranging from 0.6 to 49.4 miles and from 0 to 3,015 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Maryland
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#1 - Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
The Annapolis Rock is a popular trail with amazing outlooks. You can see Greenbrier Lake and Black Rock Cliff. There is a campground with a caretaker that can provide information to hikers. The rock is also a popular spot for rock climbers. Be careful not to park in unofficial parking areas, police are known to leave tickets on hikers' cars.Show more
#2 - Cascade Falls Loop Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 55 m
Note: As of September 2020, this trail has been redrawn to begin at a parking lot within the park. Hikers are still able to park at the Landing Road parking lot however be aware that if the parking lot gets full and you park on the street, you may be fined or towed.Show more
#3 - Billy Goat Trail and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Please note: As of August 11 2020, users have reported that the Billy Goat trails A and B are closed. Please consult the park's website before visiting. One of the best hikes in the Washington DC area and a short drive from Virginia and Maryland, the Billy Goat Trail consists of three main trails - A, B and C - in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. The trail, marked by blue blazes, features fun rock-scrambles and spectacular views between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. All three sections can be accessed off the canal towpath between Great Falls Tavern and Carderock. The Billy Goat Trail is accessible year-round and protected by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy. The park was established in 1961 as a National Monument by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to preserve the neglected remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and many of its original structures. $15 vehicle permit or $10 individual permit (foot, bike, equestrian). The Great Falls Tavern visitor center (Wednesday through Sunday) has more information about hiking trails and the history of the area. Dogs are NOT allowed on the trail.Show more
#4 - Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail
Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
If you get there before 8 am the gates will be closed and you can either park right there where the gates are or go down the road to the left and park in front of the field to the left.Show more
#5 - Great Falls Overlook Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
#6 - McKeldin Switchback Trail
McKeldin Recreation Area
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
As of June 26, 2020, users have reported that parts of the Switchback trail are currently CLOSED. A muddy start and finish, this trek takes you around the borders of McKeldin by following the river. Lots of beautiful rock outcroppings, small "waterfalls" and a great view of the rapids.Show more
#7 - Weverton Cliffs
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 59 m
This trail is all switchbacks and sometimes a little steep. Make sure to bring water and a little snack to enjoy at the top while you sit back and enjoy the view. Going back is easier as it’s pretty much all down hill. Just be sure to wear some good hiking boots or a shoe with good traction as there is a lot of rocks on the trail. Best to go on a weekday to avoid crowds.Show more
#8 - King and Queens Chair Loop
Rocks State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Please note that there is a $3 fee per person at the center loop parking. Additionally you must make a reservation to see the falls on the weekend.Show more
#9 - Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Note: As of August 21, 2020, users have reported that the visitor center is currently CLOSED. A rugged hike to two outstanding vistas and a fascinating rock formation in 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 considerations: With two outstanding vistas, add plenty of time to your itinerary for enjoying the views. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.Show more
#10 - Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
This loop is a combination of all of the three major loops in the Catoctin Mountain Park, totaling 8 miles and including Cunningham Falls, Hog Rock, Blue Ridge Summit, Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock, and Chimney Rock. Ranges from an easy walk to a challenging uphill hike, but the beautiful vistas make it well worth the effort. The park also has many interesting geological formations and wildlife. The trail is very rocky in many areas.Show more
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