Best trails in Maryland

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Trying to find the best Maryland trails? AllTrails has 875 great hiking trails, 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 517 easy trails in Maryland ranging from 0.6 to 48.4 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 iShow more
#2 - Cascade Falls Loop Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Cascade Falls Loop Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elkridge, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options anShow more
#3 - 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
#4 - Great Falls Overlook Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#5 - McKeldin Switchback Trail
McKeldin Recreation Area
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
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
#6 - Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
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 WShow more
#7 - 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 CShow more
#8 - King and Queens Chair Loop
Rocks State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
King and Queens Chair Loop is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Street, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, runnShow more
#9 - 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 mShow more
#10 - Falling Branch Trail to Kilgore Falls
Rocks State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 40 m
Reservations are required on weekends and holidays between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Kilgore falls is a great family-friendly short hike to Maryland's second-highest vertical waterfall locaShow more
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