Maryland April 03, 2018
7 Low-Key Hikes In Maryland With Amazing Payoffs
Want to experience some of Maryland’s best natural sights but don’t want to spend an entire day hiking? Well then, you’re in luck. The following 7 hikes are shorter in distance and lead to amazing end views. Check out these low-key spots that offer a big payoff for little effort.
1. Swallow Falls State Park
It's just a short stroll to the falls at this scenic park in western Maryland. There's also a rustic trail that's just over a mile in length, where you can hike between Muddy Creek Falls and Swallow Falls.
2. Calvert Cliffs State Park (Red Trail)
The popular Red Trail at this Lusby park is a mere 1.8 miles to the cliffs. When you reach the beach, enjoy searching for fossils and enjoying the bay view with the family. This is a great spot to visit year-round.
3. Patapsco Valley State Park (Cascade Falls Trail)
Park at the Avalon area of the park and the falls are a mere quarter mile hike away. It is a bit bumpy but the payoff is worth it once you see Cascade Falls and enjoy sitting around and taking in the view.
4. Flag Ponds Nature Park
This family-friendly spot in southern Maryland has several short trails that are great for children. The trail to the beach is flat and easy. Enjoy hunting for fossils among the pools and have fun in the sun!
5. Rocks State Park (Falling Branch Trail)
This trail leads to the beautiful Kilgore Falls and is only 1.2 miles in length. In the summertime, you may find folks swimming around here so feel free to take a dip. Not many people know that this spot was also featured in the film Tuck Everlasting.
6. Terrapin Nature Park
There are plenty of pretty trails to enjoy at this park In Stevensville. Hike to the beach, where you'll get a stunning view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Spend the day soaking in the sun and splashing around.
7. Washington Monument State Park
The walk to the monument at this Boonsboro area park is short and sweet. Be sure to climb to the top, where you'll see sweeping views for miles. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the sights.
Where’s your favorite place to hike in the Old Line State? Let us know below!