Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Maryland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gorgeous in the winter with all the icing. Very easy leisure stroll, not at all difficult.

easy trail. We went when in January. Ice on the falls were beautiful!

Nicely paved trail. Great for walking, biking and running. Family friendly.

We took a 12 year old, a 6 year old, and a 4 year old. The trails were slick and even icy in some spots but the kids had a blast.

Easy nice walk. Beautiful evergreens.

Great trail. Scenic.

trail running
4 months ago

I completed a 2.5 hour walk/jog on the Western MD Rail Trail about a week ago. It was very lovely trail. I mainly explored the area & took in nature and history about the trail. Many pretty views (off paved trail)!!!
Primarily for biking to view more of the area, but the hike was nice. The trail has a paved road and side trail that appears to be where train tracks use to be. Great trail. Will go back with my bike next time! ;)

4 months ago

Great hike and I also check out the nature center. Also, i hiked a side trail (Beaver Trail) to check out beaver pond and dam.

superb hike! wish it was longer.

4 months ago

Me, my husband, and our 7 month old hiked this today. It was perfect weather for it. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike. The river was gorgeous. There was still substantial tree damage in some areas, but it didn’t detract from the hike. I would recommend this hike and would love to come back in summer so we could venture out in the water. Beautiful falls! We saved Muddy Falls for last and made the loop from The upper and lower falls and Tolliver falls and around.

Biked in fall of 2015 and enjoyed with caveats. First it’s flat and straight. Some nice views along the way and a lot of history to check out, and it’s mainly in the shade. But the trail maintenance is poor, lots of roots to discover and if it’s wet, the mud will be miserable. Discovered that it turns to cement when built up between tire and fenders. Like a third brake. Paw paw tunnel was really “cool” and dark. Nice camping spots along the way as well as lock houses that can be rented.

Just finished the Gap Trail this fall and what a difference. This followed the rail lines to Pittsburgh over the continental divide and you’d never know you were climbing 1800’ in a half days ride. No roots to wake you and mostly in the shade. Nice views along several different rivers. Viaduct was spectacular as was Big Savage tunnel. And Amtrak will bring you and your bike back to Cumberland!

Much better ride than C&O.

Very nice place to walk with my dog. I enjoyed it, will definitely go back.

Nothing exciting on this. pretty straightforward and easy to navigate, especially with bright red markings and a clear path. Short on time so hiked 1.5 miles up and back in an hour. No wildlife. Went on the Saturday after Labor Day and only saw 2 other people. Was the closest trail to where I am staying, so ok when short on time.

6 months ago

Seeing three waterfalls on one short easy hike perfect reward after a long car ride!

7 months ago

A must see if you're staying in the Deep Creek area.

Hiked this trail twice already, keep an eye out for black bears.

7 months ago

pleasant, not difficult trail...can get a little busy

Loved it. It's like walking through something out of a story book. Lots of waterfalls to see and super kid friendly. We took our little one in a pack. Went on the weekend, was not even too crowded. Very family fun trail!

Great trail, friendly and helpful park rangers. Trail in good condition, paper map not up to date, we had a bit of difficulty staying on the right trail and totally missed the mine. Our group really enjoyed it.

a scenic ride or walk if you live in the area and want a quick easy stroll. always lots of people though

5-miler @ 4.2mph speed. Two tiny jogs at road crossings, otherwise all hiking. Took 3 pics: one at the beginning (public parking), one at the 2.5-mile turnaround, and at the end (Calypso). Smooth summer night hike!

Wanted to finish hiking this super-low elevation trail at 4.0 mph or faster. This is an excellent, well-paved, easy trail for many activities -- walking, hiking, running, biking, rollerblading and skating, bird watching, the list goes on and on. Although usually populated, this trail's environment offers enough individuality, tranquility, and inner peace to allow one to not mind the crowd. I will be visiting this trail frequently.

I actually hiked 3.5-3.6 miles because my out-n-back turn-around point was at 1.75-1.8 miles -- so, about 0.2 miles was unrecorded. I was trekking along nicely when I looked and my recorded track was stopped. I'm not sure why it stops sometimes. Perhaps toggling back and forth between apps (which is what I was doing, listening to music while hiking) is a cue to stop recording the track. I was consistently checking, so I missed only 2/10 of a mile's worth of data.

I'm happy with this hike. My challenge for this trail is to finish 2.5 hours of hiking at 4.0 mph or better, with absolutely no running (5-mile turn-around point in 75 minutes). This is easier said than done for many.

horseback riding
8 months ago

I did not hike the trail but I did school my horse there and I absolutely loved it

8 months ago

Beautiful views the entire trail!

Easy for all to enjoy and the falls look fabulous

A beautiful hike with great scenery, ample wildlife, and interesting insights into the history of the canal.

beautiful place, cool waterfalls, trout fishing n swimming

mountain biking
8 months ago

Fabulous hiking, biking and walking. Packed dirt ride, mostly flat or gentle elevations. Beautiful views along the river and plenty of wildlife to be seen.

Hike, swim, enjoy the waterfalls. Beautiful trail with hemlocks and white pine, along with neat rock formations.

Great for an easy walk and bike ride!

Load More