Maryland Trails

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.

Hiking the Billy Goat Trail

Make like a goat and hoof it to the trail: just a hop, skip, and a jump from D.C.