Maryland has an abundance of natural riches in its many parks, lakes, and hiking trails. And it doesn’t matter what the season is, getting outside and exploring a more challenging hiking trail in the area is always invigorating. Get your heart pounding with one of these five energizing hikes in Maryland.
The Calvert Cliffs State Park has around 14 miles of hiking trails throughout, but for today, let’s focus on the Red Trail. Hikers will enjoy the beach and get treated to wild flowers. The Red Trail is only around two miles, but feel free to add additional mileage from the rest of the park trails.
Cedarville Blue Trail near Cedarville, Maryland, provides the perfect opportunity to get to know Cedarville State Forest a little better. The loop covers almost four miles through beautiful woodland. It’s a nice nature trip with stunning views.
If you’re near Port Republic, Maryland, you’ll definitely want to stop by the American Chestnut Land Trust. The entire land trust has tons of trails, but for a moderate hike, we recommend the Parkers Creep Trail. This trail features moderate inclines and stretches almost half a mile.
Perimeter Trail is a fantastic loop near Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The loop is long, coming in at just under nine miles, with almost 800 feet of elevation gain. Hikers will enjoy the challenge as much as they enjoy the river views along the way.
Rocks State Park has over 800 acres of rocky forest land ideal for hiking. This was one of the first state parks in Maryland created for the purpose of preserving its natural wonders. The King and Queen Seat is a 190-foot high rock outcrop overlooking Deer Creek. This is a wonderful sight to hike to. The park has about four miles of trails ideal for an energizing hike.