Hiking in Maryland gives backpackers the opportunity to experience some of the eastern seaboard's most entrancing landscapes.
The Chesapeake Bay dominates eastern Maryland, creating covers, creeks, salt marshes and islands. Sandy beaches trace the coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. In central Maryland, hills of the Piedmont Plateau dominate the landscape and run into the Blue Ridge Mountains. The heavily forested Allegheny Mountains occupy western Maryland, while the Potomac River runs along the southern border of the state.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking in Maryland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Civil War battlefields, the original Washington Monument, and a rolling ridgeline await dayhikers and overnighters on this lovely historical section of the AT.
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.