Maryland

At the Parks in Maryland

Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing

These options abound in and around Annapolis. Land lovers can hike miles of trails in city, county and state parks, and cycling enthusiasts workout on the 13.3-mile Baltimore and Annapolis trail. It connects to another 12.5-mile trail circling BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Susan Seifried, VisitAnnapolis.org, sseifried@visitannapolis.org

On the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River, Calvert County is all outdoors with many kayak and paddleboard entry points. Hike American Chestnut Land Trust, Kings Landing Park and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary. Calvert Cliffs has an easy 1.5 mile hike to a beach filled with fossils and shells. Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, Hilary.Dailey@calvertcountymd.gov

Enjoy the Great Outdoors / View

In Baltimore! Whether you’re up for an early morning paddle around the Inner Harbor or a bike ride or hike through gardens, wetlands or nature preserves on the eleven-mile Jones Fall Trail, there’s something for everyone. Visit Baltimore, Abigail Vitaliano, Baltimore.org, avitaliano@baltimore.org

Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall can be reached by taking a scenic hike, leisurely stroll, or handicap accessible path. Visitors can choose the route that is best for their group, but the stunning view at the end will be the same. Visit Frederick, Melissa Muntz, VisitFrederick.org, mmuntz@fredco-md.net

Washington County is home to the most iconic overlooks on the 40-plus-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail in Maryland. Perfect for a day hike, a weekend backpacking trip or a section hike, the views are stunning from Weverton Cliffs, Washington Monument, Annapolis Rock, Black Rock, Raven Rock and High Rock. Visit Hagerstown, Betsy DeVore, VisitHagerstown.com, betsy@visithagerstown.com

Find Your Adventure

Susquehanna State Park, Rocks State Park (spot a waterfall!) and Gunpowder Falls State Park. Well-groomed bike trails await on the Ma & Pa Trail in Bel Air. Our location at the top of the Chesapeake Bay means watersports such as kayaking, paddleboarding and parasailing are plentiful. Visit Harford, Mindy Schneider, VisitHarford.com, mindy@visitharford.com

Hike the Trails

Howard County is home to over thirty parks including Patapsco Valley State Park, which welcomes over 1 million visitors a year! There are lakes and award-winning trails all over Howard County, connected by over 100 miles of trails that take walkers, runners and cyclists past wildlife, waterfalls, and historic architecture. Visit Howard County, Crystal Abrom, VisitHowardCounty.com, crystal@howardcountytourism.com    

Wicomico County is home to over 1,500 acres of parks and more than 1,000 miles of waterways. Explore rugged trails within Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury. The Wicomico and Nanticoke rivers make for great kayaking and canoeing spots. People can also enjoy fishing, crabbing and hunting. Wicomico County, Vanessa Junkin, WicomicoTourism.org, vjunkin@wicomicocounty.org    

Find the Wildlife

Canyon Overlook Trail at Rocky Gap State Park is a very short, quarter-mile hike that’s great for most members of the family and it rewards them with the very best views in the park. A feature of the trail is a magnificent overlook of the park’s one-mile gorge, which is flanked by dense hemlock and rhododendron forest. There’s wildlife everywhere in this park and all around the county. Black bears are in the area … along with bobcats and porcupines. All those guys usually keep to themselves, however. What you’re more likely to see are white-tailed  deer, possums, foxes, and lots and lots of songbirds. The park’s 243-acre lake is where you should hang out if you want to see eagles, osprey, loons, and kingfishers.