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Best Trails of Maryland

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#1. Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry, WV
The 9.8-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail leading from Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is one of the most popular and rewarding AT day hikes in this region, with good reason. It feature...
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
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Burkittsville, MD - Hiking - 10.2 miles


#2. Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park
Located scarcely 60 miles northwest of Washington, Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park let arriving visitors know immediately that they’re far removed from the urban plains. The air...
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
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Thurmont, MD - Hiking - 11 miles


#3. Gunpowder Falls North and South Loop
The Hereford area of the Gunpowder Falls State Park is 20 miles north of Baltimore in Baltimore County. A walk through mixed hardwood and conifer woodlands along and above scenic Gunpowder Falls. Yo...
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
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Hereford, MD - Hiking - 9.6 miles


#4. Appalachian Trail: Pine Knob to Pen Mar County Park
The three fine, west-facing vistas of Annapolis Rock, Black Roc, and High Rock plus a peculiar river of stone called the Devils Racecourse are the highlights of this hike through northern Maryland. T...
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
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Hagerstown, MD - Hiking - 17.8 miles


#5. Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain looms above rolling farmlands about 30 crow-miles northwest of Washington. Privately owned, it’s managed as both a nature preserve and public recreation area. Although it attracts m...
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
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Dickerson, MD - Hiking - 8.1 miles


#6. Appalachian Trail: Interstate 70 to Turners Gap
This AT hike focuses on the part of South Mountain that lies roughly 20 miles north of the Potomac River and some 60 miles or so northwest of Washington. The hike route extends southward from where I-...
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC"
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Myersville, MD - Hiking - 10.2 miles


#7. Blue Ridge Summit - Hog Rock
Catoctin Mountain Park, a unit of the National Park Service, is located in Frederick County, Maryland, about 50 miles northwest of Washington, DC. A ramble through hardwood forests and over ridges of...
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
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Thurmont, MD - Hiking - 5.1 miles


#8. Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap, Fox Gap, & Turners Gap
On a warm, sunny Sunday in 1862 a force of 9000 Rebels used the ramparts of South Mountain as a natural fort from which to stage a delaying action against 30,000 Yankee soldiers. Although they lost t...
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States"
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Burkittsville, MD - Hiking - 12.3 miles


#9. Wildlands Loop, Gunpowder Falls State Park
This hike is located in Baltimore County, about 12 miles northeast of Baltimore. This loop follows the upland forests of the fall zone, crossing a few streams and visiting a pleasant waterfall, then ...
From the guidebook "Hiking Maryland & Delaware"
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Baltimore, MD - Hiking - 5.2 miles


#10. Patapsco Valley State Park: Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas
One of the area's most popular off-road cycling destinations in the region, the Avalon Area offers the experienced rider some of the best singletrack in town. Often severe and unforgiving, the Avalon...
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
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Ellicott City, MD - Mountain Biking - 20 miles


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