Best Maryland Hiking Trails

Maryland has 20 hikes.

  October 15, 2018

Located in the US, the hiking in Maryland offers over fifteen hikes. The best Maryland hiking based on popularity are considered to be Appalachian Trail, Green Ridge, McKeldin Area, Assateague Island National Seashore, and Meadow Mountain Trail System. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Maryland hiking trail below.



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FEATURED:  Green Ridge

  Maryland

  October 15, 2018

Near Flintstone, the 40,000 acre Green Ridge State Forest has a network of 45 miles of trails through oak forest. This region is very dry, so the hiking is almost year-round (so dry that theres even prickly pear cactus!). The four main trails are: Pine Lick Blue Trail (6 miles), Long Pond Red Trail (7 miles), Deep Run / Big Run Green Trail (7 miles) and Log Roll Orange Trail (4 miles).


FEATURED:  McKeldin Area

  Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland

  June 26, 2016

West of Baltimore near Ellicott City, the 14,500 acre Patapsco Valley State Park stretches 35 miles from Ellicott City to Sykesville along the Patapsco River. It encompasses several distinct recreation areas and has over 170 miles of trails.


FEATURED:  Assateague Island National Seashore

  Maryland

  October 15, 2018

Off the Maryland coast, the 37 mile Assateague Island has a great out and back hiking trail among the dunes and surf. Keep an eye out for dolphins and wild ponies. There are nice campsits among the pines. Park at the Ranger Office on SR611.


FEATURED:  Meadow Mountain Trail System

  Savage River State Forest, Maryland

  August 7, 2016

Near Grantsville, the Savage River Complex is 55,000 acres of state lands combining parks and forests. There are countless miles of hiking trails and doubletracks. The 11 mile Meadow Mountain Trail System travels along the crest of Meadow Mountain parallel to New Germany Road with some rocky sections.


FEATURED:  Avalon/Hilton/Orange Grove Areas

  Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland

  July 25, 2016

West of Baltimore near Ellicott City, the 14,500 acre Patapsco Valley State Park stretches 35 miles from Ellicott City to Sykesville along the Patapsco River. It encompasses several distinct recreation areas and has over 170 miles of trails. The Avalon, Hilton, and Orange Grove recreation areas have 19 miles of rolling wooded hiking trails that are shared with equestrians and mountain bikers.


FEATURED:  Susquehanna State Park

  Maryland

  June 25, 2016

Northeast of Baltimore and west of Newark, the Sesquehanna State Park has an excellent network of 7 trails. Most trails are short, under 3 miles, but can be linked to form nice loops through scenic forests.


FEATURED:  Gunpowder Falls State Park

  Maryland

  July 29, 2016

Near Kingsville, the 18,000 acre Gunpowder Falls State Park has the 21 mile Northern Central Railroad Trail which is open to hikers. Marylands Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. The trail is 10 feet wide with a stone dust surface.


FEATURED:  Mt Aetna Tract

  Savage River State Forest, Maryland

  August 21, 2016

Southeast of Grantsville and west of Frostburg, the 700 acre Mt. Aetna Tract of the Savage River State Forest has 11 miles of trails and doubletracks shared with mountain biking and cross country skiing. A great starting point is the Savage River Lodge.


FEATURED:  Monroe Run Trail System

  Savage River State Forest, Maryland

  July 31, 2016

Near Grantsville, the Savage River Complex is 55,000 acres of state lands combining parks and forests. There are countless miles of hiking trails and doubletracks. The 6.4 mile Monroe Run Trail System travels south from New German Road.


FEATURED:  Potomac State Forest

  Maryland

  July 27, 2016

Southeast of Oakland in Garrett County, the 8,000 acre Potomac-Garrett State Forest has miles of hiking trails and logging roads through dense oak, cherry and maple forests. The 3.5 mile Lostland Run Trail passes scenic Cascade Falls on the way down to the North Branch Potomac River. There are lush rhododendrons and towering hemlocks.