First Day Hikes 2021- Kick Off the New Year Outdoors with Maryland State Parks!

New for 2021- First Weekend Hikes and Self-Guided Hike Options

Maryland State Parks will be offering self-guided hike opportunities across the state from January 1-3, 2021. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks that encourages all 50 states to offer outdoor hiking opportunities on the first day of the new year! Join us in Maryland on January 1st or throughout the first weekend of the new year for a self-guided hike at a state park near you.

I Hiked StickerFirst Day Hike “I Hiked” Stickers will be available at select locations while supplies last! See details below on recommended hikes in Maryland’s State Parks. These trails are well marked and park staff may be available to provide you with the information to get started, however, due to safety precautions, staff will not be leading the hikes this year.

Please note you are welcome to take a First Day Hike on any trail or at any State Park during this weekend event, in order to encourage safe social distancing during this time.

Be sure to follow Maryland State Parks’ guidelines for outdoor exercise and recreation to slow the spread of COVID-19, including keeping a 6-foot distance from anyone outside of your household and wearing a face covering when in close proximity to others and when indoors. If you are sick or have been sick over the past two weeks, please stay home to recuperate. If the parking lot is full when attempting to visit a park, please return during an off-peak time, visit an alternative location, or return home and visit at another time when the park is not busy.​

After your hike, please come back here and fill out this form to let us know about your hike and how many miles you covered!​​

FDH-Americas-State Parks.pngThis Year’s Hikes (arranged by county):

Allegany County

Rocky Gap State Park​
12500 Pleasant Valley Road, Flintstone, MD 21530​

"Choose Your View" - 3 Self Guided Options from the Touch of Nature Trailhead

  • Canyon Overlook Trail - Easy- 0.3 mile (Recommended by Ranger Izzy Pannone)
  • Lakeside Loop Trail - Moderate- 5.3 miles (Recommended by Ranger Dave Best)
  • Evitts Mountain Homesite Trail - Difficult- 7.25 miles (Recommended by Ranger Katy Barger & Ranger Cliff Puffenberger)

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Trails are not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. Portable restroom available. Maps available at the trailhead.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office 301-722-1480, Duty Ranger 240-357-4404, or email: rockygap.statepark@maryland.gov

Anne Arundel County

Sandy Point State Park
1100 E. College Pkwy Annapolis, MD 21409

Self-guided "Jetty to Jetty" Walk on the Beach: Sandy Point Beach Walk - Moderate- 2 miles
Take in the spectacular sights of the Chesapeake Bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse. Start at the South Beach Plaza.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Portable restrooms are available near parking lots and South Beach Plaza. Park is open 7:00am to 4:00pm. $3.00 per vehicle entrance fee.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office 410-974-2149, or email: kayla.frank@maryland.gov

Baltimore County

North Point State Park
​8400 North Point Road Edgemere

Black Marsh Trail - Easy - Approximately 2 miles round-trip (1.5 hours)
Park your vehicle in Parking Lot A, located just beyond the Contact Station to the left.

This self-guided hike takes you through the scenic Black Marsh Wildlands where you may observe rare animals and plants that make this tidal wetland their home. History buffs will also enjoy learning about the historic Bay Shore Amusement Park and even seeing the 1900's trolley car powerhouse. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy at the picnic area overlooking the Chesapeake Bay after the hike. Dress for the weather and bring water. Water-resistant boots are highly recommended. Wildlife viewing opportunities plentiful; bring binoculars if interested in birdwatching.

Additional Details: The trail is not suited for strollers, but children are welcome. Park is open 8:00am to 4:50pm, $3.00 per vehicle entrance fee.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office 410-592-2897 or email Ranger Davis: ShannonM.Davis@maryland.gov

Gunpowder Falls State Park
GPS Coordinates 39.608909, -76.671649
Hereford, MD 21111
(at the end of Bunker Hill Road, just past Hereford High School)

Bunker Hill Trail and/or Mingo Forks Trail - Moderate/Difficult - 5 miles
This self-guided wooded hike is amongst the Hereford Wildlands Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park. The hike is a hilly, scenic loop with uneven terrain that crosses several small streams.

Additional Details: Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Trail not suited for strollers, but children with hiking experience are welcome (Advisable for 10 yo+.) There are no bikes allowed on the trails due to this being a Wildland Area. Please wear sturdy hiking boots for wet areas and uneven terrain. You can hike the whole loop if you are up for the challenge, or as far as you would like!

Click here for a map.

For additional information, contact the park directly:  Office 410-592-2897 or email Ranger Staab: nicole.staab@maryland.gov


Calvert County

Calvert Cliffs State Park
10540 H G Trueman Rd, Lusby, MD 20657

Two Self Guided Options Available:

Option 1: Red Trail - Easy/Moderate- 3.6 miles
This self-guided, ranger recommended out-and-back hike takes you from the parking lot near the bathhouse, through a wetland, down to the beach, and back. At low tide, keep an eye out for shark teeth on the beach! Click here for a map.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Red Trail is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers when dry. Portable restrooms available at the beach. Maps available at the trailhead.

Admission into the park is free for all three days, and the Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park will be accepting donations for their First Day Food Drive for charity!

Option 2: Orange Trail to Red Trail Loop - Moderate/Difficult- 5.2 miles
Orange Trail not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. Click here for a map. Many trail intersections - hiking experience or familiarity with trail recommended.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Portable restrooms available at the beach. Suggested to wear orange or other bright colors when hiking during hunting seasons. Maps available at trailhead.

Admission into the park is free for all three days, and the Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park will be accepting donations for their First Day Food Drive for charity!

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office 443-975-4360 or Email: taylor.quinn@maryland.gov


Caroline County

Tuckahoe State Park
13187 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, MD 21657

Lake Trail - Easy- 1.5 miles
Enjoy this self-guided out-and-back hike as the trail follows Tuckahoe Creek and its wetlands.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Natural surface trail not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs. Restrooms available.

Click here for a trail map

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office: 410-820-1668, Duty Ranger 443-221-8285, Email: tuckahoe.statepark@maryland.gov

​Martinak State Park
137 Deep Shore Road, Denton MD 21629

Fitness Trail - Easy- 2 miles
This self-guided loop hike features activities to get the whole family moving while learning about Maryland's native wildlife.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Paved trail is stroller/wheelchair accessible. Restrooms available at boat ramp

Click here for a trail map.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office: 410-820-1668, Duty Ranger 443-221-8285, Email: tuckahoe.statepark@maryland.gov

Carroll County

Patapsco Valley State Park - McKeldin
11676 Marriottsville Rd Marriottsville, MD

Switchback Trail - Difficult- 3 miles
This self-guided hike loops you around the entire McKeldin area. Park by shelter 550.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. Bring water. Recommended starting time 10-1pm over the three-day weekend.

Click here for a map.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office: 410-461-5005, Duty Ranger: 443-534-1762, Email: patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov

Cecil County

Elk Neck State Park
4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD 21901

Beaver Marsh Loop Trail - Difficult- 2.0 miles
Self guided hike through wooded area surrounding the Beaver Marsh and ending along the Beaver Marsh beach.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Day use fee waived but reservation required. Maps available at the trailhead.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office 410-287-5333, Duty Ranger 443-252-4258, Email: elkneck.statepark@maryland.gov


Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area
2941 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921

Five Mile Loop - Moderate/Difficult- 5 miles
This 5 mile, self-guided hike starts from our North Appleton Parking (Lot #3) and travels through the north central portion of Fair Hill NRMA.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Portable restrooms are available near parking lots. Maps available at the trailhead.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Duty Ranger 410-218-1698, Email: diana.marsteller@maryland.gov​



Charles County

Smallwood State Park
2750 Sweden Point Road Marbury, MD 20658

Hikers Choice - Easy- Choose a trail and distance!
Choose your own hiking experience and post a photo on the Friends of Smallwood Facebook page.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Non-paved surfaces are not accessible by wheelchair or stroller. Portable restrooms by Concessions Building. Click here for a map.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office: 301-743-7613, Duty Ranger 240.743-8475, E-mail: smallwood.statepark@maryland.gov​

Chapman State Park
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head, MD. 20640

Hikers Choice - Easy - Choose a trail and distance!

Choose your own hiking experience and post a photo on the Friends of Chapman Facebook page.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Trails are not accessible by wheelchair or stroller. Portable restrooms by the Green Barn. Click here for a map.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office 301.743.7613, Duty Ranger 240.743.8475, E-mail: smallwood.statepark@maryland.gov​


Frederick County

Cunningham Falls State Park- Manor Area
12698 Catoctin Furnace Rd. Thurmont, MD 21788

Option 1: Catoctin Furnace History Trail - Easy- 0.25 mile (Recommended by Ranger Creter)
A self-guided trail which leads to Catoctin Furnace Historical Village. Crosses U.S. 15 via elevated footpath (46 steps up the stairway). Access via lower day-use area in Manor Area.

Additional Details: Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Use portable restrooms at parking lot before hike. Dogs permitted, but must be kept on leash. Maps available at the trailhead.

Click here for more hiking information.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 301-271-7574, Duty Ranger: (301) 712-6964, Email: cfalls0911@gmail.com​

Option 2: The Buzzkill - Very Difficult- 12.4 Miles (Recommended by Ranger Hulse)
Custom loop route that begins and ends from the Bob's Hill Trailhead at the Manor Area of CFSP. Trail features the steepest elevation in the park, with approximately 2100 ft. elevation gain.

Additional Details: For experienced hikers only. Allow 5-8 hours for this hike. Not recommended in poor weather conditions. Brief roadside walking required. Maps available at the trailhead and also available through email.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 301-271-7574, Email: jeremy.hulse@maryland.gov

Option 3: Bob's Hill - Difficult- 3.8 miles round-trip (Recommended by Ranger Claudia Padilla)
Bob’s Hill via Catoctin National Recreation Trail is a 3.8 mile out and back trail, some steep loose rock sections. Elevation gain of 1073'. This one looks like a short hike, but it's a workout!

Additional Details: Not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Use portable restrooms at parking lot before hike. Dogs permitted, but must be kept on leash. Maps available at the trailhead.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 301-271-7574, Duty Ranger: (301) 712-6964, Email: cfalls0911@gmail.com​


Gambrill State Park
8448 High Knob Road, Frederick, MD 21702

Option 1: High Knob Loop - Black Locust and Green Ash Trails - Easy- 1.5 miles (Recommended by Ranger Eric Creter)

Self guided hike touring the High Knob Area with features along the top of the ridge such as: local geology,stone overlooks and views of nearby valleys.

Option 2: Yellow Poplar Trail - Moderate- 7.2 miles total (Recommended by Ranger Melissa Carson)

Catch this self-guided hike at the entrance to High Knob. Though it is 7.1 miles in its entirety, there are many opportunities to cut it short. This trail travels the Catoctin Mountain Ridgeline through thick mountain laurel and around rocky bends.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Not accessible by wheelchair or stroller. Portable restroom by the Nature Center & Trailhead. Start at the Black Trail behind the Nature Center & exit the green at the South Frederick Overlook.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 301 271 7574, Duty Ranger (301) 712 6964, Email: cfalls0911@gmail.com​ or Gambrill.StatePark@maryland.gov


Garrett County

Deep Creek Lake State Park
898 State Park Rd Swanton, MD 21561

Beckman's Trail - Easy- 3 miles (Recommended by Ranger Aaron Mills)
Self guided hike through the forest takes you past the historic Brant Mine. Hike starts at the Discovery Center parking lot.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome, not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers, Portable restroom available in multiple parking lots.

Click here for a trail map.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 301-387-5563, Duty Ranger 240-405-9827, Email: deepcreek.statepark@maryland.gov

New Germany State Park
376 McAndrews Hill Road Grantsville, MD 21536

Orchard Loop: Pink Trail - Easy- 1 mile (Recommended by Ranger Daniel Lewis)
This self-guided hike will take you through a mixed forest (softwood and hardwood forest) along the foothills of the Eastern Continental Divide near Meadow Mountain.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome; not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers; public restroom is available at the Lake House. 

Click here for a park map.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ ​Office: 301-895-5453 or Email: newgermany.statepark@maryland.gov

Herrington Manor State Park​
222 Herrington Lane, Oakland, MD 21550

Green Trail - Easy- 1.7 miles (Recommended by Ranger Jim Riley)
This loop trail is ideal for novice hikers. It is accessible from the park headquarters and traverses an open field then enters the hardwood forests before circling back to the park headquarters.

Additional Details: The trail is not stroller/wheelchair friendly. Restrooms are available in the park laundry facility below the Park Headquarters. Trail guides are available at the trailhead and park headquarters.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 301-334-9180, Email: james.riley@maryland.gov

Harford County

Gunpowder Falls State Park
2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD 21087

J-Mill Little Gunpowder Falls River Loop - Easy/Moderate- 2.5 miles
This self-guided hike starts at the paved parking lot,and takes you behind the general store, along the east side of the former orchard and garden, into the woods and eventually along the blue-blazed trail, and returns to the village along the white-blazed trail. There are a number of points of interest indicated with a numbered marker at each location along the way.

Additional Details: Friendly, leashed dogs with hiking experience are welcome. Trail not suited for strollers, but children are welcome, advisable for 10 year olds+. Donations are encouraged to help support the Friends of Jerusalem Mill Historical Village. This event will be cancelled due to inclement weather. Maps available at the trailhead.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 410-592-2897 or email Ranger Staab: nicole.staab@maryland.gov

Gunpowder Falls State Park​
2840 Dalton Bevard Road, Baldwin, MD 21013

Barley Pond Trail - Moderate- 2.5 miles
This self-guided hike is along the scenic Barley Pond Trail. There are many native plants to be seen. Pamphlets will be provided for a more interactive experience.

Click here for a map.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Trail not suitable for strollers. There are no restrooms at this location.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 410 592-2897

Rocks State Park
3900 St. Clair Bridge Road, Jarrettsville, Md 21084

Red Trail to White Loop - Easy- 2.5 miles total (Recommended by Ranger Angela Pease)
Self-guided hike along the white trail to the King and Queen Seat overlook. This is one of the three starting locations to see this beautiful 190 foot rock outcropping. Take the short red trail to the King and Queen seat and hop on the white trail if you want to walk a little more.

Click here for a map.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Portable restrooms are available near parking lots.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 410-557-7994, Email: angela.pease@maryland.gov

Rocks State Park​
3634 Rocks Road, Jarrettsville, Md 21084

Purple Trail to White Loop - Difficult- 2.5 miles total (Recommended by Ranger Angela Pease)
Self-guided hike along the Purple Trail to the King and Queen Seat overlook. This is one of the three starting locations to see this beautiful 190 foot rock outcropping. Take the short, but steep and rocky Purple Trail to the King and Queen Seat. Hop on the White Loop around the park to get a little more hiking in! Purple trail is approximately 1/2 mile each way. White Trail is 2.2 mile loop.

Map is available online.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Portable restrooms are available near parking lots.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 410-557-7994, Email: angela.pease@maryland.gov

Susquehanna State Park​ - Deer Creek Picnic Area
948 Stafford Road, Havre de Grace, Md 21078

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail - Easy- 4.4 miles total (Recommended by Ranger Angela Pease)
Self-guided hike along the Susquehanna River. Marked with Greenways emblems every .5 mile. This trail runs from Stafford Road near the Deer Creek Picnic area at Susquehanna State Park to the Conowingo Dam. Easy trail with beautiful views of the river. NOT a loop, this trail is 2.2 miles each way. Note starting location: 948 Stafford Road, Havre de Grace, Md 21078 (Deer Creek Picnic Area)

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible, Portable restroom is available at the Deer Creek Picnic Area.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 410-557-7994, Email: angela.pease@maryland.gov

Susquehanna State Park - Conowingo Dam/Fisherman’s Park
2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, Md 21034

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail - Easy- 4.4 miles total
Self-guided hike along the Susquehanna River. Marked with Greenways emblems every .5 mile. This trail runs from the Conowingo Dam to Stafford Road near the Deer Creek Picnic Area. Easy trail with beautiful views of the river. NOT a loop, this trail is 2.2 miles each way. Note starting location: 2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, Md 21034 (Conowingo Dam/Fisherman’s Park)

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible, Portable restroom is available at the Deer Creek Picnic Area.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office: 410-557-7994, Email: angela.pease@maryland.gov

Montgomery County

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road Gaithersburg MD 20878

Lakeshore Trail - Moderate/Difficult -3.7 miles
This self guided hike takes you around the 90 acres of Clopper Lake. Enjoy possible sightings of wildlife and waterfowl as you hike around the lake.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Restroom located at the Tire Playground. Natural surface trail not suitable for strollers.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 301-924-2127 or Email: senecacreek.statepark@maryland.gov​​

Patuxent River State Park
23222 Georgia Ave, Brookeville Md 20833

Flowing Free Trail - Moderate- 3 miles total
This self guided hike out and back on the Flowing Free Trail is a great hike to explore the Patuxent River. Several smaller loops can be added to extend the hike.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Trail not suitable for strollers. Restroom located in parking lot.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 301-924-2127 or Email: senecacreek.statepark@maryland.gov​​

Prince George’s County

​Cedarville State Forest
​10201 Bee Oak Road, Brandywine, MD 20613

Orange Trail - Moderate - 1.5 miles
Self guided hike through a heavily wooded trail.

Clich here for a Cedarville Trail Guide.

Additional Details: Pets are welcome. Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 301-888-1410, Duty Ranger 443-975-4358, or Email: cedarville.statepark@maryland.gov

Merkle Natural Resources Management Area
11704 Fenno Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Three Different Hike Options at Merkle

Option 1: Paw Paw to Poplar Springs Trail Loop - Easy/Moderate- 3.0 miles (Recommended by Maryland Conservation Corps Member Sam Behrens)
This self-guided, ranger recommended loop hike starts from the visitor center, takes you across the short section of the Paw Paw Trail, around the exterior of the Red Trail, and back to the visitor center. Enjoy great wildlife viewing opportunities and keep an eye out for our champion Yellow Poplar tree!

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Brief roadside walking required. Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. Portable restroom available at Visitor Center. Follow yellow blazes for Paw Paw Trail and red blazes for Poplar Springs. Maps available at the trailhead.

Option 2: Paw Paw to Mounds Trails - Easy/Moderate- 3.0 miles (Recommended by Maryland Conservation Corps Member Elena Williams-Moreiras)
This self-guided, ranger recommended out-and-back hike starts from the visitor center, takes you down the Paw Paw Trail, around the loop of Mounds Trail, and back to the visitor center. Enjoy a nice rolling trail with a view of marshland at the end of Mounds, which provides great birding opportunities.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Brief roadside walking required. Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers. Portable restroom available at Visitor Center. Follow yellow blazes for Paw Paw Trail and blue blazes for Mounds Trail. Maps available at the trailhead.

Option 3: CADT to Lookout Creek Trail - Easy- 2.5 miles (Recommended by Maryland Conservation Corps Member Derek Coss)
This self-guided, ranger recommended out-and-back hike starts from the visitor center, takes you down the CADT- Critical Area Driving Tour between Merkle and Windmill Ponds, around the Lookout Creek Loop, and back to the visitor center. This trail takes you down near the Patuxent River.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Brief roadside walking required. Accessible for wheelchairs or strollers on CADT only. Portable restroom available at visitor center. Not recommended in poor weather conditions or recent rain.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 443-510-9920 or email: tom.keras@maryland.gov​


​Queen Anne’s County

Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area
632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown MD 21658

Ferry Point/Jack-in-the-Pulpit Trails - Easy- 1.5 miles
This self-guided out-and-back hike takes you through a canopy of Osage Orange trees ending at a small beach on the Wye River.

Click here for a map.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Natural surface trail not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs. Portable restrooms available.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ (o) 410-820-1668 (DR) 443-221-8285, E-Mail: tuckahoe.statepark@maryland.gov​


Somerset County

Janes Island State Park
26280 Alfred J. Lawson Drive, Crisfield, MD

Whitetail Trail/Daugherty Creek Canal - Easy-1.1 miles (Recommended by Ranger Mark Herring)
This self guided 1.1 mile loop route is across easy, flat land through the woods and along the Daugherty Creek Canal. Maps available at trailhead.

Additional Details: Stroller Accessible. Leashed pets are welcome. Restroom available.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ (o) 410-968-1565, (DR) 443-614-2591, E-mail: janesisland.statepark@maryland.gov

St. Mary’s County

Greenwell State Park
25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636

Hikers Choice - Easy/Moderate- Mileage Varies (Recommended by Ranger Fiona Tillett)
Choose your own hiking experience. Be mindful of hunting areas, wear brightly colored clothing. Post a photo on the Friends of Point Lookout Facebook page.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Some trails accessible for strollers. Portable restroom available at main parking lot.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 301-872-5688 or Email: pointlookout.statepark@maryland.gov or fiona.tillett@maryland.gov​

Talbot County

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park
29761 Bolingbroke Point Drive, Trappe, MD

Choptank River Trail - Easy- 1.0 mile (Recommended by Ranger Cierra Maszkiewicz)
Self guided hike through wooded area, overlooking the Choptank River. Great area for bird watching. 1 mile long fishing pier will also be open for hikers.

Click here for a map.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Trail not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Portable restrooms available on pier. Park is open 7:00 am to sunset.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 410-221-2290, Email: htursp.dnr@maryland.gov​

Washington County

Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713

Greenbrier State Park Hikes - Three Options

Option 1: Big Red Trail to Yellow Trail - Moderate - 4 miles
Self-guided hike featuring the new Yellow Trail. Hike starts at Gazebo #1 near Greenbrier beach. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Option 2: Lake Trail - Easy - 1 mile
Self-guided hike around Greenbrier Lake. Hike starts at Gazebo #1 near Greenbrier beach. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible.

Option 3: Marked Mile - Easy- 1 mile
Follow white arrows/orange cones on paved surfaces in the day use area. Hike starts at the "X" near the Visitor Center. Both stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Portable restroom is available at the south parking lot.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office 301-791-4767; Duty Ranger 240-357-4386; Email: greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov​



Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool, MD 21711

Women In Conservation Trail - Easy/Moderate- 1.5 miles (Recommended by Ranger Rob Ambrose)
Self-guided hike along the Plantations Trail. Blazed in red. Don't forget to download the hike booklet and tree guides: Common Broadleafs and Connifers.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Portable restroom is available at the Visitor Center parking lot.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 301-842-2155, Duty Ranger 443-805-1759


Worcester County

Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Hwy Berlin MD 21811

Hikers Choice - Easy - Choose your distance
Choose your own hiking experience. Photographs, videos, or stories you'd like to share about your time immersed in the outdoors may be emailed to Billy Weiland at billy@actforbays.org, or tag your photos with #actforbays and #4Judy.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome in the state park day-use. Non paved surfaces are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Portable restroom by Concession Building. Park Maps available on site.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 410.641.2120 or Email: assateague.statepark@maryland.gov​


Pocomoke River State Park - Shad Landing
 ​3461 Worcester Highway, Snow Hill, MD 21863

Trail of Change Loop Trail - This self-guided hike loop on the Trail of Change - named for changes in elevation and diversity of vegetation that occur along its winding path from upland forest to cypress swamp.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Natural surface not suitable for stroller/wheelchairs. Restroom available at the Camp Store. Park in the Marina Parking Lot.

For additional information, contact the park directly:​ Office 410-632-2566, Duty Ranger 443-614-2894, Email: christina.holden@maryland.gov

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