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Best Hiking Trails in Maryland – USA

Overview

The western part of the US state of Maryland has low mountains, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. The main areas to hike include Catoctin Mountain Park, Backbone Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, South Mountain State Park, Green Ridge State Forest and more. The best months to hike in Maryland are May to October. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Maryland. 

Capital: Baltimore

When To Hike in Maryland – USA?

May – October: Driest and warmest period, particularly in summer months
April; November
December – March: Cold, rain/snow

Climate: Continental in the upland areas – cold winters and warm/hot summers

 

NWS Forecast Office Baltimore/Washington

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well-marked trails with good maps and guidebooks with many resources for hiking trip planning.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Maryland for hiking:

  • Cumberland
  • Hancock
  • Frostburg
  • Oakland

Most popular hikes in Maryland – USA

The western part of this state has low mountainous areas. Forty miles of the AT runs through Maryland. Highest Mountain: Hoye-Crest (part of Backbone Mountain) (1020 m).

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Hoye-Crest

Cunningham Falls State Park

Dan’s Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Sugarloaf Mountain

South Mountain State Park

Savage River State Forest

Green Ridge State Forest

Long Distance Trails of Maryland – USA

Maryland – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Maryland Hiking Books: 

  • Hiking Maryland and Delaware, 3rd: A Guide to the States’ Greatest Day Hiking Adventures, by Terry Cummings, 2024, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3U1jC7R
  • Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in Maryland: Walks, Hikes & Backpacks from the Allegheny Plateau to the Atlantic Ocean (Third Edition), by Leonard M. Adkins, 2013, Countryman Press – https://amzn.to/3xHLoir
  • Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail, Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, by Matt Willen, 2016, Menasha Ridge Press – https://amzn.to/3Q6lyek
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Baltimore: Including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, by Allison Sturm and Evan Balkan, 2019, Menasha Ridge Press – https://amzn.to/3xCCzXc
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C.: Including Suburban and Outlying Areas of Maryland and Virginia, by Renee Sklarew, Rachel Cooper, Paul Elliott, 2017, Menasha Ridge Press – https://amzn.to/3Q8Gh17

 

Maryland Hiking Associations/Clubs: – there are many clubs

 

Best Hiking Trails in Maryland:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Backbone Mountain
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Northern Peaks Trail
  • Annapolis Rock – Appalachian Trail
  • Chimney Rock Trail – Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Catoctin Mountain – Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Weverton Cliffs Trail – Appalachian Trail

Easy Hiking Trails in Maryland:

  • King and Queen Seat – Rocks State Park
  • Cunningham Falls Nature Trail – Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Lamb’s Knoll

 

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