5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Maryland

By Kate Talerico

5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Maryland

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A hike in Maryland can yield picturesque waterfalls, historic landmarks, stunning panoramas, and so much more. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice explorer or a seasoned hiker, there’s a trail in the state to suit your skills. Next time you’re looking to retreat to the wilderness, consider these five beautiful scenic hikes in the Old Line State. 

1. Patapsco Valley State Park

Take the Cascade Falls Trail from the Orange Grove area, and before long you’ll catch sight of the first waterfalls along the trail. Both kids and adults will be able to manage the slightly sloping trail. It continues along for a little over two miles, with small wading areas coupled with scenic waterfalls.

2. Billy Goat Trail

Though it can be strenuous, you’ll want to check out Section A of this well-known trail in Montgomery County. People often spend four to five hours hiking around the trail, which includes one incredible panorama of the Potomac River. After that, the trail slopes downward gently, making the views at the top worth it all.

3. Swallow Falls State Park

The Appalachian Mountains rise up around this state park, which is also home to the Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek. These two whitewater rivers make for incredible views as you traverse the Canyon Trail, a 1.25-mile hike that will take you past four sets of waterfalls.

4. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, this park is home to several historic Civil War sites. In addition, the Appalachian Trail passes through the park, meaning you might find both backpackers midway through a months-long trip or city-dwellers out for a day hike. For the best views, follow the signs for Loudoun Heights!

5. Catoctin Mountain Park

Take the Wolf Rock or Chimney Rock trails up from the visitor center for panoramic views at the top. There, you can also explore Maryland’s tallest waterfall—Cunningham Falls—which measure in at 78 feet. But the reason this park is best known? It’s the home of Camp David, the president’s retreat.

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