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Many thanks to the hike leaders from numerous clubs who's hike descriptions I've included on this page. If you have a favorite hike or walk that is not listed, ContactMe with the information so that it can be added to this site. Hikes are listed by the closest city or town followed by a list of major hiking areas. Trail maps may be large files and may take time to download for printing.

Difficulty Scale: Unless otherwise noted in the hike's details, the time allowed for a hike is calculated at 2 miles per hour. Actual times will vary.




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Maryland Hiking Ideas
Maryland State Parks | Links to individual parks are included below.
   | Link to my page for the C&O Canal |
PATC Map #D |
| PATC Map #5 |
   | PATC Map #6 |

Annapolis, MD 21401
Sandy Point State Park |
Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park |
| Quiet Waters Park |
Ann Arundel County, MD
Ann Arundel County Parks | |
Assateague, MD
Assateague State Park |
Bethesda, MD
Hiking the Capital Crescent Trail & Upper Rock Creek Park, Join us on this easy 6 miler on the Capital Crescent Trail and other trails in upper Rock Creek Park as we hike from Bethesda to Silver Spring.
Hiking the Urban Woodland Circuit, Rating C. A 9.5 mile brisk winter jaunt on the Crescent Trail (from Bethesda to Georgetown) and then up Rock Creek Park to Connecticut Ave. to catch the Metro back to Bethesda. Meet at the city parking lot opposite Barnes & Noble in Bethesda. Bring Metro fare.
Big Pool, MD
Fort Frederick State Park |
| Link to my page for the C&O Canal |
Boonesboro, MD
| PATC Map #5 |
| PATC Map #6 |
| Appalachian National Scenic Trial |
Greenbrier State Park |
South Mountain State Park |
| Washington Monument State Park |
Hiking in
Greenbrier State Park, PATC Map 5 Long hike: 9.2 mi., 2600 ft. ascent, 2300 ft. descent. Short hike: 7.2 mi., 2100 ft. ascent, 1800 ft. descent. This sojourn along South Mountain starts at Turners Gap, we'll troop north on the Appalachian Trail through Washington Monument State Park (site of the other Washington Monument) for 4 ½ miles, then take a side trail into Greenbrier State Park. There long hikers make a clockwise outer loop around the park on various trails before ending at the Visitors’ Center. Short hikers bisect the loop on a trail through the middle of the park.
Brandywine, MD 20613
| Cedarville State Forest |
Burkittsville, MD
| PATC Map #5 |
| Gathland State Park |
Crisfield, MD 21817
| Janes Island State Park |
Denton, MD 21629
Martinak State Park |
Dickerson, MD 20842
Sugar Loaf Mountain  |
Hiking Sugarloaf Mtn. via Northern Peaks
. A 7.8 mi circuit, 1700 ft. ascent and descent. If you haven’t climbed this closest mountain to Washington—strikingly visible from I-270 South of Frederick—here’s your chance. If you have climbed it, you’ll thrill to doing it again. Our circuit from the settlement of Stronghold climbs to the summit rocks and follows the ridge over Northern Peaks and White Rocks, all of which offer splendid panoramas of the Potomac River, the Virginia piedmont, and the distant Appalachians.
Elkton, MD 21921
Fair Hill NRMA |
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Patapsco Valley State Park |
Morgan Run NEA |
Flintstone, MD 21530
| Green Ridge State Forest |
| Rocky Gap State Park |
Forest Glen, MD
Hiking from Forest Glen Metro to Takoma Park Metro. An easy 5 mile hike between Metro stops with a possible lunch at the Deli's in Takoma Park.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Patuxent River State Park |
Seneca Creek State Park |
Hiking the Greenway Trail, Seneca Creek State Park,
Long hike: 13 mi. Short hike: 8.2 mi. New trail! Hike on the recently opened Greenway Trail in nearby Seneca Creek State Park. Starting at Rileys Lock on the C&O Canal Towpath, we’ll take the trail northward along Seneca Creek. The short hike goes far as Black Rock Mill, the leg-stretching long version all the way to the park’s Visitors’ Center.
Hiking in
Seneca Creek Park. An easy 4 mile hike on the Lakeshore Trail on a soft dirt surface with some hills.
Greenbelt, MD
Greenbelt Park |
Hiking in Greenbelt Park. An easy to moderate hilly 5.5 mile hike through this local park along the Perimeter Trail with a few optional side trails. Sandy trail surface through woods.
Grantsville, MD 21536
Big Run State Park |
Casselman River State Park |
New Germany State Park |
Savage River State Forest |
Hancock, MD
| Link to my page for the C&O Canal |
| Sideling Hill WMA |

Harpers Ferry, WV
| Harpers Ferry National Historic Park |
| Link to my page for the C&O Canal |
| PATC Map #5 |
| PATC Map #6 |
| PATC Map #7 |
   Maryland Heights
Hereford, MD
Gunpowder Falls State Park |
Hiking in Gunpowder Falls State Park. A moderate 11 mile hike along the scenic Gunpowder Falls (a river) near Hereford, Md.
Hiking the Upper Gunpowder River & Hemlock Gorge. A pleasant late winter, moderate 8-9 mile hike in hilly terrain north of Baltimore, including a scenic rugged gorge.
Hollywood MD 20636
| Greenwell State Park |

Jarrettsville, MD 21084
| Rocks State Park |
| Susquehanna State Park |

Kingsville, MD 21087
| Hart-Miller Island State Park |
| North Point State Park |

Lonaconing, MD 21539
Dan's Mountain State Park |
Marbury MD 20658
| Chapel Point State Park |
| Purse State Park |
| Smallwood State Park |
North East, MD 21901
Elk Neck State Park |
Oakland, MD 21550

Garrett State Forest |
Herrington Manor State Park |
Potomac State Forest |
Swallow Falls State Park |
Owings Mills MD 21117
Soldier's Delight |
Point of Rocks MD
Sunday, September 17, 2000, 10:30am, Point of Rocks, MD. Casual Hike along the scenic C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Meet at the Marc Railroad Station in Point of Rocks, MD. Bring plenty of water an snacks, if desired. Snacks may be purchased at local shops. Lunch afterwards. Time and distance to be determined by participants. Directions: Take Route 7 to Route 15 North. Take Route 15N approximately 12 miles and cross the Point of Rocks bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn right onto Route 28 into the Village of Point of Rocks. Railroad Station and parking lot are about a quarter mile on the right.
Potomac, MD
Great Falls Park | Picnic |
PATC Map #D |

| Link to my page for the C&O Canal |
Hiking along the C&O Canal. An easy 5 mile hike from Swain's Lock to Riley's Lock passing through a very scenic stretch of the Potomac, over Pennifield Island and Violette's Lock. Meet at Riley's Lock parking area.
Billy Goat Trail  |
Queen Anne, MD 21657
| Tuckahoe State Park |
Queenstown, MD 21658
| Wye Island State NRMA |
Savage, MD
Hiking in Savage Park. Hike 3.5 miles easy miles on the Wincopin Neck loop through woods and along the Patuxent River on dirt and some rocky and steep areas.
Scotland, MD 20687
| Calvert Cliffs State Park |
| Point Lookout State Park |
| St. Clement's Island State Park |
| St. Mary's River State Park |
Sharpsburg, MD
| Antietam National Battlefield Park
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Pocomoke River State Park |
Pocomoke State Forest |
Swanton, Maryland 21561
Deep Creek Lake State Park |
Youghiogheny River State Park |
Thurmont, MD 
| PATC Map #5 |
Catoctin Mountain National Park |
| Cunningham Falls State Park |
Gambrill State Park |
Hiking in Catoctin Mountain National Park from Cunningham Falls. PATC Map 5. Long hike: 8.7 mile, 2000 ft. ascent, 2100 ft. descent. Short hike: 6.2 miles, 1350 ft. ascent, 1450 ft. descent. Starting at Cunningham Falls, one of Maryland’s scenic treasures, the hike continues with no fewer than four scenic overlooks -- Hog Rock, Blue Ridge Summit, Thurmont Vista, and Chimney Rock. After Thurmont Vista, short hikers will head directly to the Visitor Center, where they’ll enjoy a warming fire while the long hikers complete their hike via trails around Wolf and Chimney Rocks.
Hiking in Catoctin Mountain National Park. PATC Map 5.  An 11 mile moderate to strenuous hike to a whiskey still, Blue Ridge Vista, Hog Rock, and an old saw mill, and past the lake.
Hiking in Gambrill State Park. An easy to moderate 6 mile hike with views and one long uphill section.
Hiking in Gambrill State Park along the Catoctin Trail. A moderate to strenuous 12 mile hike with views and streams in this park west of Frederick.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
| Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors Center |
| Rosaryville State Park |
Wheaton, MD
Hiking in Wheaton Regional Park along the Northwest Branch. An easy to moderate 8 mile hike along Northwest Branch from Md. 193 to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Regional Park.

Appalachian Trail
| Appalachian National Scenic Trail |
| PATC Map #5 |
| PATC Map #6 |

Black Rock Cliffs, MD, Rating C. A 6.8 mile out and back hike on the Appalachian Trail from Myersville, Maryland to Black Rock Cliffs and Annapolis Rocks with inspiring views over the valley of Fredrick County. Elevation gain of about 800 feet.
Weverton Cliffs/AT, MD. Rating A. A twelve mile out and back hike along the Appalachian trail in Maryland from Compton Gap to Weverton Cliffs which offers a panoramic view over the Potomac River. We will stop at the new PATC Garvey shelter. Elevation change of about 800 feet.

| Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park |
| Link to my page for the C&O Canal |
Billy Goat Trail
, MD, Rating B. Two North Sections of Billy Goat Trail, A 10 mile circuit hike on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Lots of rock scrambling. Spectacular views of Great Falls and Mather Gorge. Bring a snack and water for a break along the way.
Carderock/Great Falls, MD, Rating C. Eight fast paced (4 mi/hr) miles to Great Falls MD and back.

Mason-Dixon Trail | PATC Trail Map | Point to Point Distance Calculator | Unknown to many, this long-distance trail route cover some 190 miles traveling from the Appalachian Trail south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, dipping into Maryland, wandering over to Delaware, and finally terminating at Chadd's Ford in Pennsylvania, where it connects with the Brandywine Trail. • Broad Creek North to Susquehanna Hall Road | Link for description of hike | • Mason-Dixon Trail Map 6. Long hike: 12.4 mi., 1750 ft. ascent, 2000 ft. descent. Short hike: 7.5 mi., 1450 ft. ascent, 1700 ft. descent. The broad, Susquehanna River—and one of the area’s greatest populations of bald eagles and hawks--is our destination. From Rt. 623 just south of the Pennsylvania line, we’ll hike the Mason-Dixon Trail southbound along the woodsy west side of the river. After a stop for lunch at Glen Cove, the hikers will continue southbound along the river. Short hikers stop at Shures Landing Road, just below Conowingo Dam. Long hikers continue along the river to Rock Run Grist Mill in Susquehanna State Park.