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Maryland Backpacking Trails

Baltimore: Cascade Falls

Hike, bike, or snowshoe this 3.1-mile loop to pioneer ruins and a relaxing waterfall in Patapsco State Park, a short drive from downtown.

Baltimore: Upper Loch Raven Reservoir

Breathe easy on this hilly 6.8-mile out-and-back to the calm banks of the Upper Loch Raven Reservoir, a beautiful waterscape just north of the city.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP: Billy Goat Trail-Towpath Loop

Revisit the early shipping days of the Potomac Valley on a 5.6-mile circuit of this 155-year-old route. Along the way, marvel at the East’s steepest, most spectacular fall-line rapid.

Washington, DC: Blue Ridge Overlook to Cunningham Falls

Escape on a 5-mile loop through Catoctin Mountain Park, where healthy hardwoods, unique fungi, and a host of fauna conceal this area’s industrial past.

Baltimore: Sugarloaf Mountain Loop

Climb a lone sentinel rising above the rolling Maryland
farmland on this short-and-sweet 5.7-mile loop to a mountain oasis in the sky.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP: Swains Lock to Violettes Lock

Hike or bike 11.6 out-and-back miles on an old mule path to views of the Potomac and historical relics. A flat profile makes this trip suitable for young hikers.

Washington, DC: Schaeffer Farms Loop

Spin your wheels on twisty singletrack that whizzes over hills and across streams on this action-packed 3.1-mile loop through the renowned Schaeffer Farms.

Washington, DC: Perimeter Trail

This 5.3-miler in Greenbelt Park loops through a wooded urban jungle and along gentle streams, just 15 minutes from The National Mall.

Washington, DC: Maryland Heights Loop

Immerse yourself in history as you explore long-abandoned Civil War batteries on this 6.1-mile hike to a commanding view of Harpers Ferry.

Washington, DC: Little Bennett Regional Park

Swing off the Beltway for a 9.2-mile loop through the boggy lowlands, grassy meadows, and open ridges of this once-bustling historic valley.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP: Edwards Ferry to Violettes Lock

Life on the old canal was tough, but you can take it easy as you hike or bike these pleasant, flat-as-a-pancake 8.7 miles in a historical setting.

Washington, DC: Perimeter Trail

This 5.3-miler in Greenbelt Park loops through a wooded urban jungle and along gentle streams, just 15 minutes from The National Mall.

Baltimore: Wye Island Paddle

On this 7-mile paddling route, you’ll tour the inner reaches of Chesapeake Bay, passing riverbanks and wooded wetlands with picturesque trails.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP: Billy Goat Trail, Sections B & C

If you like the sound of raging whitewater, this less-traveled 6.4-mile route offers plenty of acoustical inspiration and scenic Potomac River views.

Washington, DC: Perimeter Trail

Skip the tourist spots and take the bus to Greenbelt Park for a 5.4-mile loop through a quiet, leafy urban forest.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park: Swains Lock to Great Falls

This storied trail used to be all work; now it’s all play for hikers and bikers interested in historic buildings and DC’s most famous waterfall.

Appalachian Trail: Greenbrier State Park to Raven Rock Road

Trace the high brow of the Appalachians on this 12.3-mile segment past several campsites and overlooks–including Annapolis Rocks, a popular crag for climbers.

Appalachian Trail: Gathland State Park to Greenbrier State Park

Civil War battlefields, the original Washington Monument, and a rolling ridgeline await dayhikers and overnighters on this lovely historical section of the AT.

Appalachian Trail: Raven Rock Road to Pen Mar Road

This 5.1-mile section hosts one of the oddest named shelters (Devils Racecourse), crosses the Mason-Dixon Line, and climbs to the highest point on the AT in Maryland.

Baltimore, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park

You’ll find two wooded creeks and plenty of solitude on this 2.8-mile lollipop loop nestled in the heart of Patapsco Valley State Park.

Baltimore, MD: Susquehanna River Loop

Backpack one of northern Maryland’s most versatile trails.

Baltimore, MD: Soldiers Delight

Discover the beauty of a Midwest prairie–in central Maryland–on this 6.3-mile dayhike.

Appalachian Trail: Harpers Ferry to Pen Mar Road

Have no time to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail? No worries. Tackle this 40.5-mile section hike through Maryland over the course of a long weekend.

Appalachian Trail: Gathland State Park to Harpers Ferry

Meander through Civil War history on this 10.5-mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Appalachian Trail: Four State Challenge, PA-VA

Hike 42.9 miles on the AT in 24 hours, in the process traveling across the borders of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Baltimore Maryland

Baltimore: Cascade Falls

Hike, bike, or snowshoe this 3.1-mile loop to pioneer ruins and a relaxing waterfall in Patapsco State Park, a short drive from downtown.

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Washington, DC: Perimeter Trail

This 5.3-miler in Greenbelt Park loops through a wooded urban jungle and along gentle streams, just 15 minutes from The National Mall.

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