Maryland March 24, 2018
10 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Maryland Will Love
It may not feel like it, but warmer weather is on the way. Get outdoors this spring and explore these 10 beautiful spots around Maryland. These places offer relatively easy treks that the whole family can enjoy.
1. C & O Canal (Cumberland to DC)
The C & O Canal is a little over 84 miles in length so you can hop on the towpath at any point. Enjoy walking, jogging, or cycling along this historic spot. During spring, many areas along the towpath and surrounding trails are covered in wildflowers, making for a colorful sight.
2. Rock Creek Regional Park (Derwood to DC)
This park has a lengthy paved path that's perfect for family cycling, where you'll be surrounded by rustic sights along the way. This place is also great when the weather becomes hot because the trees keep most of the trail shaded and cool.
3. Calvert Cliffs State Park (Lusby)
Take the Red Trail to the cliffs, which is about two miles in length. Along the way you'll spot water views and all sorts of wildlife, including turtles. Once you reach the beach, take your time searching for fossils, including shark teeth.
4. Swallow Falls State Park (Oakland)
This just may be the most beautiful state park in Maryland. Be sure to bring a camera to snap photos of the beautiful waterfalls. You can hike between the two along a trail that's a little over a mile in length.
5. Elk Neck State Park (North East)
You can expect sprawling water views at Elk Neck State Park, with the Elk River on one side, and the Chesapeake Bay on the other. Enjoy seeing the lighthouse up close, visit the beach, and be sure to hike along the gorgeous clay cliffs.
6. Washington Monument State Park (Middletown)
See the first monument dedicated to George Washington at this unique state park. You can climb to the top and take in the views or hike the nearby trails, which include some of the Appalachian trail.
7. Centennial Park (Ellicott City)
There's a loop around this picturesque lake that's a little over 2 miles in length. This park is perfect for families, as it also offers a playground, paddle boats, and more. Bring a picnic and make a day of it!
8. Terrapin Nature Park (Stevensville)
One of the best things about this park are the great views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. You can simply relax at the beach or take to the trails, which provide diverse and scenic sights along the way.
9. Chapman State Park (Indian Head)
This historic park has man-made sights to see, as well as natural views. Visit the old plantation house, which beckons to the past. Take to the trails and you'll find weathered old barns, a hidden cemetery, and more.
10. Patuxent River Park (Upper Marlboro)
This place offers unique sights and the boardwalk path here is quite impressive. Keep an eye out for an assortment of wildlife.
What are some other spots that are perfect for exploring during spring? Feel free to share below.