The state of Maryland is rich in hiking spots for all types of hikers. From fairly easy trails to rocky cliffs, outdoor activities are never short in this trail haven. There’s so much to explore on the hiking trails in Maryland that backpackers may not be aware of. Every trail is a memory of the state’s rich history that shaped it to what it is today. Group and individual hikers will now get to enjoy the gift of nature that made Maryland one of the best places in terms of hiking spots and natural beauty. River trails are also found here where you can go fishing aside from the more common mountain treks in other locations.
Check Out These Beautiful Hiking Trails In Maryland
If there’s one thing that excites me before I start hiking, it’s when I know I’m about to embark on a trail where I’ve never been before. That feeling when you’re waiting to see something new as you move along takes away the weariness in a grueling hike. You just keep on going until you reach a spot where the scenery is simply mesmerizing. Then you decide to stay for a few minutes and just enjoy the view before hitting the trail again. Maryland has so much to offer for hikers with all sorts of trails. Check out these hiking trails in Maryland that you may haven’t heard before.
1. Appalachian Trail
This is a single trail of about 2,180 miles that runs from Georgia to Maine. People have often described the Appalachian Trail as being inspiring, awesome, and spiritually uplifting. It tends to attract hikers who have little backpacking experience.
2. Rocks State Park
This is a moderate hike with great views along the trail passing by Kilgore Falls. The trail is popular among the locals so if you’re going this route, you’ll probably hear them talking about the King and Queen seat.
3. Billy Goat Trail
Billy Goat trail is one of the most heavily visited hiking spots every year. At peak times especially when the weather is really nice, you may encounter a lot of trail users. You’ll pass by a globally rare habitat for plants and animals that you’ll see along the trail.
4. Green Ridge State Forest
Nothing else is more soothing than the shade of green all around you. Green Ridge state forest also offers other outdoor activities such as mountain biking and kayaking. It’s also home to a bountiful wildlife which makes it perfect for nature loving hikers and backpackers.
5. Gunpowder Falls State Park
As one of the well-preserved forests in Maryland, Gunpowder Falls State Park covers 18,000 acres of protected wildlife. You can relish the beauty of nature and reap the benefits of hiking by choosing which of the 100 miles of trail from Hereford to Baltimore County.
6. Quiet Waters Park
Quiet Waters Park is a 6-mile hike across South River and Harness Creek. It’s an easy trail for family and friends to enjoy in Hardwood forests. This is a kid-friendly environment so you can tag your children along and immerse in the scenic views.
7. Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is very well-protected for the public’s enjoyment. At 800 ft above the surrounding farmland this place serves as a signal station during the Maryland campaign of the American Civil War. Now, the location offers a variety of circuit hikes and summit area trails.
8. Savage River State Forest
Savage River State Forest is a wonderful place for birding enthusiasts. I once had an unplanned hike in this area with a friend and had a great experience. Though you have to be quite experienced in the outdoors due to certain hazards in the forest area.
Watch this video of a Billy Goat Trail gopro hiking.
The list shows how abundant and well-preserved the wildlife in the state of Maryland is. These trail hikes are not as difficult to embark on compared to other steep mountain hikes, but you’ll surely enjoy nature at it’s best. Just imagine breathing clean fresh air as you go.
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