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.

This is a wonderful neighborhood trail. We walk our dogs on it several times a week. It’s accessible for all levels, and you’ll often spot a deer or two.

Hiked about half of this. Easy.

10 days ago

There is a longer trail this is apart of that you get to see three different and beautiful waterfalls! Very accessible to all! The park does cost an entrance fee per person. The trails and waterfalls were packed. Many people were swimming at the waterfalls. The rocks are very slippery be cute to wear shoes with traction. The trails are also not very well marked. Be prepared to feel lost. But once you get to the falls it will all be worth it.

Great biking path around and through DC under the trees. 23 miles round trip through sylvan woods and history. Occasional restaurants along the way in Georgetown and Bethesda.
A real Gem.

1 month ago

beautiful scenery

nature trips
1 month ago

Impressive falls. Sometimes the falls trails are a let down, but this one is legit. We were here in June and you could walk right out onto the drop.

1 month ago

When in the Deep Creek Recreation Area you need to walk this short trail in Swallow Falls State Park. There is paved parking at the trailhead and overflow parking around the bend. The trailhead is under an arch that says Swallow Falls Canyon Trail. A very short spur takes you back to the main loop where a sign points left for Muddy Creek Falls and right for Swallow Falls. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the falls in either direction. The western side of the loop is smooth clay with pea gravel and the east side hugs the Youghiogheny River and is a mild rock scramble. Creeking shoes, sandals, or sneakers are best - boots and trekking poles are unnecessary. Along the river there are several short trails down to the water and most provide great photo opportunities. Fortunately, all of the paths are easy to climb up and down with good places to step. Both waterfalls are very easily accessed, that is, you can walk right up to the falls although signs advise caution. Muddy Creek waterfall is very handicapped-accessible with van parking and a long wooden ramp leading to a wooden observation deck.

1 month ago

This trail is breathtakingly beautiful. We hiked with my dad and 6 yo son and we actually went off track a lot and it was amazing. We crossed many rocks/water area. It is short enough to get around the whole hike in 3.5 hours.

Great trail!! It snowed the day we went and the fresh snow made the trail look beautiful! Definitely going back to see it when everything is green!

1 month ago

I enjoy this trail a lot because it is easy to walk on. it started walking this trail during my lunch breaks and it lead to walking the whole trail with a friend. We wanted to see other parts of the trail so we decided to start at the section by Randolph Road. We planned on walking for an hour and then back, but ended up walking the entire trail and back. It is great for people of all hiking abilities. The wildlife along parts of the trail is a bonus as well. I often see many deer, squirrels, and occasionally see some frogs.

2 months ago

Beautiful park for the family. lovely shaded areas almost on the entire trail.

I hiked William Rickman Equestrian Center Entrance (on the east side of the park). It has a nice large parking area with a port-a-potty. Most of the trails have sign posts at the the trail head. I did not notice any blazes along the trail. The trails are wide to accommodate the horses. Open field & forested trails.


Pretty paved trail with great information on the history ama nature of the area next to the Metro line.

3 months ago

Added this loop to the Spicebush trail a few weeks ago and it had some really nice views. More moderately trafficked due to proximity to the Nature Center.

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.

5 months ago

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
8 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! ;)

8 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.

8 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.

10 months ago

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

11 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.

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