Maryland March 11, 2016
10 Perfect Places To Go In Maryland If You’re Feeling Adventurous
Have the last few months of dreary winter weather got you craving adventures outdoors? Don’t fret because Maryland has a ton of places to go if you’re up for exploring all that mother nature has to offer. Here are 10 perfect places to go in Maryland when you have an itch for adventure.
1. Appalachian Trail
40 miles of the Appalachian Trail are in Maryland. You can spend 4 to 5 days exploring the entire Maryland portion or choose a length perfect for a day trip
. The trail includes several scenic views, including the pictured Black Rock Cliffs.
2. The East Coast Greenway
The East Coast Greenway connects cities and towns from Maine to Florida. The Maryland portion is 166 miles long, with a third of it being off-road trails. Adventurous hikers and cyclists can find more information
3. Rock Climb at Carderock
Part of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historic Park, Carderock is a great place for rock climbing and bouldering. The rock has a variety of features and heights, perfect for climbers of all abilities. Check it out
4. Patapsco Valley State Park
With over 16,000 acres, there's plenty to discover at
Patapsco Valley State Park
. Ride your bike or hike while exploring waterfalls, bridges, viaducts, trails, and so much more.
5. The C & O Canal
With a total distance of 184 miles long, there are sure to be plenty of interesting spots on the canal perfect for exploring. Plan your trip
6. Great Allegheny Passage
At the tail-end of the C & O Canal, you'll find the Great Allegheny Passage. Starting near Cumberland, it stretches all the way to Pittsburg, PA. It's full of old bridges, tunnels, and gorgeous woodland sights. More information
7. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
The wetland boardwalk allows you to explore the cypress swamp while staying dry. This is a unique spot, indeed. Check out the website
8. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
has several ways to explore their 27,000 acres including by land or water. You'll witness an abundance of wildlife among this serene refuge, that you won't soon forget.
9. Swallow Falls State Park
Most people visit
Swallow Falls State Park
for the waterfalls but not everyone knows that the park is actually 257 acres. With so much to see and do, you could easily make it a multi-day camping trip.
10. Western Maryland Rail Trail
Starting in Hancock, you can find the
Western Maryland Rail Trail
. With 21 miles of paved trail, this location is great for running, cycling, or simply taking in the sights of nature.
Now put on your exploring hat and get going to one of these adventurous destinations! Carpe diem, Maryland!