Maryland March 17, 2018
7 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Maryland That Are 1 Mile And Under
Love a good hike but always have your kids in tow? Not to worry. There are several spots around the Old Line State where you can enjoy rustic sights without a whole lot of effort. The following hikes are all under a mile in length, making them perfect for the whole family.
1. Cascade Falls Trail
Located at Patapsco Valley State Park, the hike to this natural wonder is only a quarter mile from the parking lot. Be aware that it's rather rocky so strollers may not be an option. Once you see the waterfall and pool, you'll know that the (little) effort was worth it.
2. The trails at Assateague Island
Assateague Island has a few trails, including a dunes trail, forest trail, and marsh trail. They're all under a mile in length and full of beautiful sights along the way. Be sure to check them all out, as they all offer something different to see.
3. Savage Mill Trail
This 0.8 mile trail showcases ruins and the Little Patuxent River. Enjoy the sounds of rustling water and woodland views. After you're finished, treat yourself to some grub at Savage Mill Mall next door.
4. The boardwalk trail at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
This short and sweet boardwalk trail is only 0.4 miles in length. Since it's flat, it's perfectly suitable for children - just make sure they don't fall in the swamp! Keep your eyes peeled for frogs and turtles.
5. Flag Ponds Nature Park
This park is perfect for children, as there are several shallow pools in which to splash around. The hike from the parking lot to the beach is a mere 1/2 mile. Be on the lookout for shark teeth!
6. Rocky Gap State Park
There are several short trails under a mile in length at this western Maryland park, making it a favorite spot for families to camp out each year. There's also a beach on site where you can take a dip among the blue water.
BONUS: C & O Canal
Okay - I know that the C & O Canal is actually a little over 84 miles in length, BUT you can choose to walk, jog, or cycle any distance you'd like. Every time I visit this spot, I see kids riding their bikes along the towpath. It's all flat (though a little rocky), making for a day trip that's perfect for all ages.
Do you know of any other hikes in Maryland that are 1 mile and under? Feel free to share below!