8 Amazing State Parks Around Baltimore That Will Blow You Away

Sometimes it’s necessary to escape the city and engage in some outdoor therapy, if you ask us. While there are several city parks in and around Baltimore, today we’re focusing on Maryland state parks. The following eight amazing spots are all under an hour of driving distance, and each offers so much:

How many of the above state parks have you visited? Tell us about your adventures in the comments!

Address: Patapsco Valley State Park, Woodstock, MD 21163, USA
Address: Hart Miller Island, Maryland, USA
Address: North Point State Park, 8400 North Point Rd, Edgemere, MD 21219, USA
Address: Gunpowder Falls State Park Hammerman Area, 7200 Graces Quarters Rd, Middle River, MD 21220, USA
Address: Matthew Henson State Park, Veirs Mill Road east to, Georgia Ave, Aspen Hill, MD 20906, USA
Address: Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, USA
Address: ROCK STATE PARK, Stirrup Run, Maryland 21084, USA
Address: Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409, USA
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State Parks to Visit Near Baltimore

February 01, 2022

What are the best hiking trails in Baltimore? 

Maryland is a small state, and Baltimore is the largest city in this tiny state. It’s got plenty of the great outdoors, though – as long as you know where to look. Did you know there are at least 20 great trails in and nearby Baltimore? It’s true! As it turns out, Baltimore is actually a very hiker-friendly city! Some of the most popular (and thus arguably the “best” as agreed upon by locals) trails in Baltimore and surrounding area include the beautiful Avalon Loop Trail, a 20-mile excursion found in the Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area, which is absolutely amazing – it’s got everything you can think of! Ruins, waterfalls, artifacts from the past… that gem has it ALL. Then, there’s the Lake Roland Park Red Trail at Lake Roland Park, a much shorter (under three miles) trail rated as easy. We’ve got plenty of parks with wonderful trails contained within, too, like Herring Run Park, Wyman Park, and the Canton Waterfront Park. Want more ideas? Take a look at this article! And, speaking of parks…

Where can I find the best parks around Baltimore for families with kids?  

Baltimore is a great city for families with kids; one of our favorite aspects of this little city is just how kid-friendly it can be. There are several parks designed entirely for the youngsters; one of those is the Mt. Vernon Children’s Park, on Calvert Street. There’s lots of space and plenty of room for the kids to run around. We also love Linkwood Park, on Cold Spring Lane, which has fun stuff for children of all ages. West Shore Park, on Light Street, is a blast, with a small water park for the kids located onsite. We’re confident that Baltimore is a wonderful place for the little ones and grown-ups alike!  

Address: Patapsco Valley State Park, Woodstock, MD 21163, USA
Address: Hart Miller Island, Maryland, USA
Address: North Point State Park, 8400 North Point Rd, Edgemere, MD 21219, USA
Address: Gunpowder Falls State Park Hammerman Area, 7200 Graces Quarters Rd, Middle River, MD 21220, USA
Address: Matthew Henson State Park, Veirs Mill Road east to, Georgia Ave, Aspen Hill, MD 20906, USA
Address: Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, USA
Address: ROCK STATE PARK, Stirrup Run, Maryland 21084, USA
Address: Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409, USA