Just a reminder that when the weather gets cooler, there’s still much to explore in Maryland. In fact, cooler autumn weather means less crowds and more for you to enjoy the surrounding scenery at the following 10 outdoorsy spots.
1. Maryland Heights Trail
Across from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is this 2.5-mile trail (on the Maryland side). Climb to the top and you're treated to this view.
Address: Harpers Ferry Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758
2. Calvert Cliffs State Park - Red Trail
This 1.8 mile trail is pretty popular during summer so visit early in the morning or during the off-season for a bit more privacy. Once you arrive at the cliffs, hunt for fossils, including shark teeth!
Address: 10540 H G Trueman Rd, Lusby, MD 20657
3. Patapsco Valley State Park - Grist Mill Trail
This entire trail is only about 2 miles in length and it includes swinging bridges and a nearby waterfall. It's especially gorgeous during autumn.
Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
4. C & O Canal Towpath
The C & O Canal stretches 184.5 miles from DC to Cumberland, so there are plenty of areas to park and explore. This is a great spot for a bicycle ride.
5. Rocks State Park - White Loop Trail to the King and Queen Seats
The White Loop Trail is about 3 miles in length and leads to this natural outcropping that's known as the King and Queen Seat. Enjoy taking in one of the prettiest views in the state.
Address: 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd, Jarrettsville, MD 21084
6. Billy Goat Trail - Section A
If you're up for a bit of a challenge (and stunning sights), hike section A of Billy Goat Trail. This rocky spot is somewhat surreal and offers amazing views of the Potomac River.
Address: 11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
7. Swallow Falls State Park
Both Muddy Creek Falls and Swallow Falls are located at this beautiful park in Western Maryland. Hike the 1 1/4 trail between the two to experience them both.
Address: 2470 Maple Glade Rd, Oakland, MD 21550
8. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
This hidden spot in Prince Frederick is a bit different, offering swamp views as well as dozens of bald cypress trees. The winding boardwalks add character to this neat spot.
Address: 2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
9. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
If you're a birdwatcher, then you'll go crazy for this Maryland gem. Migratory birds often stop here along their journey, sometimes in the hundreds or thousands. The sunset views can't be beat.
Address: 2185 T Wallace Drive, Route 1, Cambridge, MD 21613
10. Rock Creek Regional Park
You could take this diverse trail from Derwood all the way to DC. It's filled with character with its woodland views, charming bridges, and more.
Address: 6700 Needwood Rd, Derwood, MD 20855