The Best Trails in Maryland (United States)

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Photo of Riverbend to Watkins Island Overlook Photo of Georgetown (Washington D.C) to Great Falls Photo of Gunpowder Trail
  • near Potomac Falls, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    6.74mi
    Elevation +
    538f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Riverbend to Watkins Island Overlook Photo of Riverbend to Watkins Island Overlook Photo of Riverbend to Watkins Island Overlook

    Starting at the Riverbend Visitor Center, we will hike the Potomac Heritage Trail for about 2.5 miles. There are few hills for them to have fun but nothing strenuous. We will enjoy the views of the river on our way to Wa...

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  • Gunpowder Trail

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    near Gillcrest, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    4.29mi
    Elevation +
    515f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Gunpowder Trail Photo of Gunpowder Trail Photo of Gunpowder Trail

    Gunpowder Trail is a great trail! Just start out on the actual starting point. I started from the wrong way and missed a sign describing that part of the trail was washed out by the river and to use a different part of a...

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  • Tuckahoe State Park creek

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Bradleysburg (historical), Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    2.91nm
    Elevation +
    36f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Tuckahoe State Park creek Photo of Tuckahoe State Park creek Photo of Tuckahoe State Park creek

    A great run its like a different river every time I go. Beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife. The first part of the trip is sunny and the second half is shaded with areas to stop and rest if needed. My wife and kids di...

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  • near Harkness Creek Park, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    9.31nm
    Elevation +
    59f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Quiet Waters Park to Thomas Point Shoal Light Photo of Quiet Waters Park to Thomas Point Shoal Light Photo of Quiet Waters Park to Thomas Point Shoal Light

    Windy day kayak from beautiful Quiet Waters Park to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. The sailboats were out in force. It's a 300-400 meter walk from the parking area to the launch, so bring your wheels or dolly; it would b...

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  • near Potomac Hunt Acres, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    9.65mi
    Elevation +
    256f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of C & O Canal - Great Falls North Photo of C & O Canal - Great Falls North Photo of C & O Canal - Great Falls North

    Starting from Swains Lock (#21), an exploration of the trails in the northern section of the Great Falls area, including; the River Trail, Ford Mine Trail and Olmsted Island Trail.

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  • Prettyboy Reservoir: Spook Hill

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    near Spook Hill, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    3.72mi
    Elevation +
    797f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Prettyboy Reservoir: Spook Hill Photo of Prettyboy Reservoir: Spook Hill Photo of Prettyboy Reservoir: Spook Hill

    This short hike travels on a criss-cross network fireroads through secluded forest around Pretty Boy Reservoir, descending to its shore at an interesting rock formation. For more information see my blog

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  • Gillis Falls Park

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    near River Wood Hills, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    3.50mi
    Elevation +
    322f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Gillis Falls Park Photo of Gillis Falls Park Photo of Gillis Falls Park

    This is a short hike in the Gillis Falls Park, northeast of Mount Airy. The Carroll County Equestrian Council maintains a network of trails in the park, described here is a short and easy 3.5mi stem loop. For more inform...

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  • Patapsico River- Woodstock to Daniels Dam

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Woodstock, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    3.99nm
    Elevation +
    72f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo of Patapsico River- Woodstock to Daniels Dam Photo of Patapsico River- Woodstock to Daniels Dam Photo of Patapsico River- Woodstock to Daniels Dam

    Put-in point was difficult with a canoe and two toddlers, and the water level was not idea. In-fact I spent more time out of the canoe than in the canoe but this is a run I would do again when the water level is up. I un...

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  • Breezy Point to Parker Creek

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Plum Point, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    11.18nm
    Elevation +
    213f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Breezy Point to Parker Creek Photo of Breezy Point to Parker Creek Photo of Breezy Point to Parker Creek

    Winter paddle on the Chesapeake... The entrance to Parker Creek has a nice, exposed beach. The creek itself winds through low marsh. There wasn't alot of wildlife at this time of year, but it was quiet and felt remote no...

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  • Kayaking - Patuxent's Jug Bay

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Jackson Landing, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    5.88nm
    Elevation +
    0f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Kayaking - Patuxent's Jug Bay Photo of Kayaking - Patuxent's Jug Bay Photo of Kayaking - Patuxent's Jug Bay

    We had a nice afternoon paddle in the bay and up Old House Creek. There was plenty of wildlife to view and we even caught site of a pair of bald eagles. You have to time your paddle and direction based on the tide. The t...

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  • Maryland Potomac Islands

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Rock Point, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    12.98nm
    Elevation +
    75f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Maryland Potomac Islands Photo of Maryland Potomac Islands Photo of Maryland Potomac Islands

    I launched from Shymansky's (good spot, nice people, supposedly great seafood, but I didn't partake) near Cobb Island and paddled past some of the small islets in this area. Arrived at historic Saint Clements Island, whi...

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  • Catoctin State Park Circuit hike

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    Hiking
    near Hunting Creek Acres, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    7.99mi
    Elevation +
    1503f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Catoctin State Park Circuit hike Photo of Catoctin State Park Circuit hike Photo of Catoctin State Park Circuit hike

    Moderate hiking at the Catoctin state park. The circuit is combined if few trails. Most, if not all, the hike is in the woods with very few view points.

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  • Greenbrier State Park Loop

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    Hiking
    near Wolfsville Crossing, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    10.55mi
    Elevation +
    1768f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Greenbrier State Park Loop Photo of Greenbrier State Park Loop Photo of Greenbrier State Park Loop

    Long loop making use of the AT and several of the Greenbrier State park trails. Go during winter and the park will be desolate. Great views of the surrounding mountains can be found along the lake shores. For a park trai...

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  • Point Lookout Surfing

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Scotland Beach, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    8.44nm
    Elevation +
    203f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Point Lookout Surfing Photo of Point Lookout Surfing Photo of Point Lookout Surfing

    Great waves right around the point for surfing a sea kayak. The launch point is a small sand beach behind the boat concession store. All of our waypoints for each trip are on our website. So if you need detailed navigati...

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  • Deep Creek Lake State Park

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    Hiking
    near Thayerville, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    5.32mi
    Elevation +
    725f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Deep Creek Lake State Park Photo of Deep Creek Lake State Park Photo of Deep Creek Lake State Park

    A pleasant stroll up and along Meadow Mountain above Deep Creek Lake. Unfortunately, the advertised overlook is completely overgrown, so no great views out over the lake.

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  • Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore (interrupted)

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Havre de Grace, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    73.12nm
    Elevation +
    157f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore (interrupted) Photo of Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore (interrupted) Photo of Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore (interrupted)

    Three-day Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore paddle interrupted by major thunderstorms. Day 1: Havre de Grace to Rock Hall, 36 miles, Day 2: Rock Hall to Tilghman Island, 29 miles, Day 3: Tilghman Island to Taylors Island, 21 ...

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  • Sugarloaf Mountain, MD

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    Hiking
    near Stronghold, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    6.64mi
    Elevation +
    1617f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Sugarloaf Mountain, MD

    Started at the East View Parking Lot. Took the orange trail up Sugarloaf than the red trail down to the blue trail and the blue trail along the ridge and back around to the West View Parking lot. Then took the green trai...

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  • Annapolis Rock

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    near Wolfsville Crossing, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    5.30mi
    Elevation +
    794f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Annapolis Rock Photo of Annapolis Rock Photo of Annapolis Rock

    This is a short segment of the Appalachian Trail. The trail head is located on US40 close to I-70. There is a small parking lot which gets full on weekends, especially in the early afternoon. A short walk will take you t...

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  • Clopper lake shore walk

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    Hiking
    near Longdraft, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    3.50mi
    Elevation +
    125f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Clopper lake shore walk Photo of Clopper lake shore walk Photo of Clopper lake shore walk

    Clopper lake shore walk. Easy walk round he lake. Good for hot days during the summer. Most of the walk is in shade. At the end it’s really nice to rent a boat and to explore the lake also from the water side. Too bad sw...

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  • Assateague Winter Paddle

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Genezer Estates, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    12.29nm
    Elevation +
    72f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Assateague Winter Paddle Photo of Assateague Winter Paddle Photo of Assateague Winter Paddle

    A winter (and icy) paddle on the sound side of the Assateague National Seashore. All of our waypoints for each trip are on our website. So if you need detailed navigation, download the Garmin or .gpx file from brkayak.co...

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  • C&O Day 3

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    Bicycle Touring
    near Four Locks, Maryland (United States)
    Distance
    50.46mi
    Elevation +
    305f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of C&O Day 3 Photo of C&O Day 3 Photo of C&O Day 3

    Day 3 of 5 day trip with children on C&O Bike trail from Cumberland, Maryland to DC. This was the longest portion of our trip, and was made longer by a detour onto hilly roads with fast moving cars. Reportedly, reconstru...

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  • Aquia Landing to Accokeek Creek

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    Kayak\/Canoe
    near Canterbury Estates, Virginia (United States)
    Distance
    12.23nm
    Elevation +
    243f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Aquia Landing to Accokeek Creek Photo of Aquia Landing to Accokeek Creek Photo of Aquia Landing to Accokeek Creek

    This paddle took me along Accokeek Creek, which borders the Crow's Nest Natural Preserve. The variety of wildlife was amazing: mature and immature bald eagles, ospreys, many great blue herons, alligator gar, very large t...

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