Best trails in Maryland

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Trying to find the best Maryland trails? AllTrails has 1,171 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 Thurmont, 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 748 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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Annapolis Rock via Appalachian Trail
#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 trail is a popular trail for day hikers in South Mountain State Park with great views along the trail to Annapolis Rock. You can see Greenbrier Lake and Black Rock Cliff. From the parking lot, follow the white-blazed trail along the Appalachian Trail towards the Pine Knob Shelter. Towards the top, you will split off to the left towards the blue-blazed path that leads to Annapolis Rock. There is a campground with a caretaker that can provide information to hikers about the local flora and fauna. You may also see rock climbers along the cliff line as well! Be careful not to park in unofficial parking areas, police are known to leave tickets on hikers' cars that are illegally parked. Show more
Cascade Falls Loop Trail
#2 - Cascade Falls Loop Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 55 m
The Cascade Falls Loop Trail begins at a parking lot within the park and there is a fee per vehicle. Hikers are able to park at the Landing Road parking lot as well, however, be aware that if the parking lot gets full, you will not be able to park on the street. This is a wonderful kid-friendly hike that features a relatively flat trail and a couple of stream crossings. The trails can become wet and muddy after a rainfall, so make sure to wait an appropriate amount of days if you want to avoid wet feet. There are beautiful views all around and make sure to take in the fresh forest air. The waterfalls are spectacular and draw a crowd on a nice day. To navigate, keep an eye out for the blue markings painted on the trees. During the winter months, the trails can become icy and it is not suggested to be as kid-friendly. This is a multi-use trail so many other users may enjoy mountain biking as well. Show more
Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail
#3 - Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail
Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
The Sugarloaf Mountain and Northern Peaks Trail starts off with a steep incline, evens out in the middle, then becomes steep again at the end. Most of the trail is rocky or uneven with tree roots, so wearing proper footwear is advised. This route follows what is marked as the blue trail loop counterclockwise, but around mile 2.7 it can be helpful to follow the offline maps since there is a confusing split in the trail. The hiking and views are beautiful, and definitely worth getting a little lost in any case to enjoy this area. Additionally, the fall colors are breathtaking and it is often much busier at this time of year. Since the trails are well marked and there are different options for different distances or interests, this is a great area along the Potomac River to explore numerous hiking trails. Users recommend arriving early to avoid parking area issues, along with helping to avoid crowds at the peaks but otherwise not too many are normally on the trails themselves. Users should also know that the gates will be locked if arriving before sunrise. Since some users enjoy taking this route counter-clockwise on the white trail, be prepared for some stairs at the end and to avoid following the blue blazed markings. Show more
Goat and Canal to Great Falls Overlook Loop
#4 - Goat and Canal to Great Falls Overlook Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
The boulder section of this route is extremely strenuous. Please proceed with caution and make sure to wear proper footwear.Show more
Weverton Cliffs
#5 - Weverton Cliffs
South Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 46 m
From the parking lot, don't head straight into the forest as that's not the correct trail; instead walk towards the road, turn right, and walk to the end of the road. The trail starts by going up a bunch of stone steps. 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
McKeldin Switchback Trail
#6 - McKeldin Switchback Trail
McKeldin Recreation Area
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 33 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
Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail
#7 - Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 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 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
Swallow Falls Canyon Trail
#8 - Swallow Falls Canyon Trail
Swallow Falls State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
Pets are not allowed in this park from the Saturday before Memorial Day until after Labor Day. Pets are allowed the rest of the year. $3 for Maryland Residents, $5 for out of state visitors Open daily 8 AM - SunsetShow more
Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail
#9 - Catoctin Mountain Extended Loop Trail
Catoctin Mountain Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 4 h 59 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
Bear Island Loop via Billy Goat Trail A
#10 - Bear Island Loop via Billy Goat Trail A
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Parking fills up early at Anglers. Parking is available at the park and you can use the NP pass, but the line to get in can be very long. This is a rewarding hike with many great views, but it can get crowded. Take the extra walk to the falls overlook if you have time.Show more
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