Best Maryland Hiking Trails

Maryland has 20 hikes.

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.

Featured HIKING TRAILS

Green Ridge

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).   MORE INFO

McKeldin Area

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.  MORE INFO

Assateague Island National Seashore

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.  MORE INFO

Meadow Mountain Trail System

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.  MORE INFO

Avalon/Hilton/Orange Grove Areas

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.  MORE INFO

Susquehanna State Park

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.  MORE INFO

Gunpowder Falls State Park

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.  MORE INFO

Mt Aetna Tract

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.  MORE INFO

Monroe Run Trail System

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.  MORE INFO

Potomac State Forest

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.  MORE INFO

Cedarville State Forest

Southeast of DC and Brandywine, the 3,500 acre Cedarville State Forest has 19 miles of trails for hikers around Marylands largest freshwater swamp. The trails are relatively flat with a few rolls, but no rocks. Some areas can be extremely wet in the spring.  MORE INFO

Rosaryville State Park

Near Upper Marlboro, the 1000 acre Rosaryville State Park has a new 8 mile Perimeter Trail open to hikers. This trail circumnavigates the park, providing hikers with a tight, twisty, single-track route. The hiking trail passes primarily through the woods, providing plenty of shade during hot summer months.  MORE INFO

Fair Hill NRMA

Near Elkton in Cecil County, the 5,600 acre Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area has trails through pristine fields and woodlands. A blazed trail extends from each parking lot and joins the parks extensive trail system (approximately 70 miles). The multi-use trails are also open to mountain bikers and equestrians.  MORE INFO

Greenwell State Park

South of Balitimore and northeast of Hollywood, the Greenwell State Park has a variety of hiking trails. Located on the banks of the lower Patuxent River in Hollywood, Maryland, the 600-acre park has a diverse array of habitat and topography including two miles of shoreline and approximately 10 miles of trails. Some trails skirt a salt march, others are along the banks of the river, and some are inland wooded trails. While hiking the tails, you may encounter Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, King Fisher, Egrets, American Bluebirds, Screech Owls and Barn Owls.  MORE INFO