First Day Hikes 2022

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Kick Off the New Year Outdoors with Maryland State Parks

First Day Hikes include First Weekend Outdoor Opportunities, with Ranger-led Hikes and Self-Guided Hike Options for the Whole Family! 

Maryland State Parks will be offering First Weekend hike opportunities across the state from December 31, 2021- January 2, 2022. 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 hike at a state park near you. 

For 2022, there are two types of hikes available:

  • Ranger-led hikes: These hikes will be led by a Park Ranger, have specific start times and many require pre-registration. Please read the details provided below carefully. 

  • Self-guided hikes : These hikes will be available throughout the weekend, on well marked trails. Park staff and volunteers may be available to get you started but will not be joining you on the hike itself. Please read the details provided below carefully.   

First Day Hike “I Hiked” Stickers will be available at select locations while supplies last! 

Please note you are welcome to take a First Day Hike on any trail or at any State Park during this weekend event, if you would prefer! 

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!​​


First day hikers at Patapsco Valley State Park in 2020
First Day Hike 2020 at Patapsco State Park
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This Year’s Hikes (arranged by county):

​Allegany

Rocky Gap State Park         

16300 Lakeview Drive NE, Flintstone, MD 21530                

Self Guided Hike: Evitts Homesite Trail   

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult          

Distance: 2.5 miles (5 miles roundtrip)         

Want to break a sweat this New Years? Tackle Evitts Homesite Trail's significant elevation and be rewarded with sweeping views upon arrival at the Mason Dixon Line.   

Additional Details: Start early and prepare for spending a few hours hiking. Bring water and snacks. Leashed pets are welcome, not suitable for strollers.            https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/RGSP_map.pdf   

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Mollie Kemp for details, mollie.kemp@maryland.gov or the Duty Ranger at 240-357-4404




Allegany

Rocky Gap State Park         

16300 Lakeview Drive NE, Flintstone, MD 21530                

Ranger Led: Canyon Overlook Guided Hike        

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 1:00 PM                       

Meet at: Touch of Nature Parking Lot

Difficulty: Easy                     

Distance: Less than 1 mile   

Enjoy an easy winter walk suitable for all ages with beautiful views of the gorge. A ranger will lead this hike, with options for shorter paths or longer journeys, but all will be less than a mile.   

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Level natural surface trail, but does include a few steps at the trailhead.   

Registration: Pre-registration is not required.            

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Mollie Kemp for details, mollie.kemp@maryland.gov or the Duty Ranger at 240-357-4404                           



Allegany

Dans Mountain State Park  

Hill Run Pavillion, Water Station Run Rd., Lonaconing, MD 21539             

Ranger Led: Community Heritage Hike at Dans Mountain State Park  

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 10:00 AM          

Meet at: Hill Run Pavilion      

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: 1 mile        

A ranger will lead hikers along the 1 mile Dye School Trail, showcasing the natural and cultural history of Dans Mountain State Park. The route will steadily climb 200 feet to the Dye School foundation, and will then loop downhill for the second half of the hike.         

Additional Details: This is a natural surface trail and is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.  Leashed pets are welcome.  The hike will begin and conclude at the Hill Run Pavilion where guests can enjoy a warm outdoor fire and complimentary hot chocolate.  A portable restroom is located about a half mile away on Water Station Run Rd.           

Registration: Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.  Call the park office at 301-895-5453           



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Anne Arundel

Sandy Point State Park       

1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409                 

Self Guided Hike: Choose Your Own Adventure Hike! Starts at East Beach - Osprey Pavilion        

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance:1 mile         

2022: A New Year with New Possibilities! Become a Park Planner on this self-guided, choose your own adventure hike where the path you take and the decisions you make help to create your dream park. Hikes available Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2. Start in the East Beach Area at the Osprey Pavilion.   

Additional details: Pets on a leash are welcome. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and season, and be prepared for trail conditions including but not limited to: mud, uneven surfaces, gentle to moderate slopes. Trail is not stroller/ wheelchair accessible. Park Entrance fee is $3/vehicle, payable at the Autotoll.          

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/SandyPoint/Map.aspx          

For additional information, contact the park directly: A smart phone with the Google Classroom app will be needed to complete the hike’s activities. Pets on a leash are welcome. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and season, and be prepared for trail conditions including but not limited to: mud, uneven surfaces, gentle to moderate slopes. Trail is not stroller/ wheelchair accessible. Park Entrance fee is $3/vehicle, payable at the Autotoll.                                                                                                          ​


Baltimore                                                                                                                     

Gunpowder Falls State Park- Hereford Area (Bunker Hill) 

39.60930005837719, -76.67203903136392; 

The parking lot is located at the end of Bunker Hill Rd, off York Rd (MD-45) north of Hereford High School.           

Self Guided Hike: Hereford Area - Camp Wood (Bunker Hill Trail "loop")       

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult                      

Distance: 6 miles      

Choose your own adventure and explore the Hereford Wildlands! Designated as such by the Maryland General Assembly, this 1200 acre parcel of land is protected for its outstanding value as a unique ecological area, hosting abundant wildlife and even endemic plant species. Participants can park in the large asphalt parking lot at the end of Bunker Hill Rd and start on the Bunker Hill Trail, connecting to the Gunpowder South Trail (traversing through a protected Hemlock preservation), turning onto the Mingo Forks Trail, crossing over Bunker Hill Rd, and back onto the Bunker Hill Trail which leads back to the parking area. Downloading a trail map in advance is highly recommended (https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/GFSP_HerefordMap.pdf), however limited copies will be available to take at the First Day Hike sign. Terrain can be very rugged at times, making this a trail better suited for moderate to experienced hikers. This event is rain or shine.    

Additional Details: This area of the park is open from sunrise to sunset. Pets on leashes are welcome. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes (preferably water-resistant). There are no bathroom facilities on site, so please plan accordingly. Bring water and snacks as this hike can take upwards of 3 hours. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/GFSP_HerefordMap.pdf 

For additional information, contact the park directly:  Office 410-592-2897 or email: Ranger Andrea Bucher - andrea.bucher@maryland.gov                                                                                                                  


                      

Baltimore

North Point State Park

8400 North Point Road, Edgemere, MD 21219                    

Self Guided Hike: Black Marsh Trail         

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance:1.6 miles    

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.                 https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/NorthPoint_Map.pdf

Additional Details: 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 are plentiful; bring binoculars if interested in birdwatching. 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: Contact: Ranger Shannon Davis-shannonm.davis@maryland.gov Park Office: 410-477-0757                                                                                     


Baltimore

Patapsco Valley State Park - Hilton Area, Shelter 201    

1101 Hilton Avenue, Catonsville 21228                    

Ranger Led Hike: Kids New Year’s Eve Hike at Hilton (Various Trails)

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate              

Distance: Non Specified       

Starts at Patapsco Valley State Park, Hilton Area, Shelter 201                               

Join us on New Years Eve (12/31/21) from 4 - 5 pm at the Hilton Area for a "Kids First Day Hike".  This is a kid friendly alternative to a traditional "First Day Hike".  The Patapsco Mobile Visitor Center will be on site and Discovery Packs will be available to help you and your little ones start your year off right all while keeping to a bedtime schedule!  Bring a flashlight and join us for a "NYE Countdown".  Shine Only.       

Additional Details: Pets on a leash are welcome.  Advance Registration preferred, contact Park Headquarters.  Park Entrance fee is $2/vehicle, payable at the Honor Box

Registration: Patapsco Valley State Park - contact for registration, Office - 410-461-5005, email - patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov                                                                                                                       


 

Baltimore                                                                                

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail  

Paper Mill Parking Lot - 1302 Paper Mill Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030                    

Self Guided: First Day Bike on the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail  

Parking: Paper Mill Parking Lot        

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate  

Distance: 5 miles      

5-mile out-and-back bicycle ride down the surfaced rail trail. Scenic river views and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities! Bicycles are not provided – please bring your own! Dress for the weather and bring water. Children under age 16 are welcome, however they are required to wear helmets. 

Additional Details: Unfortunately pets cannot be accommodated during this ride. This event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.       

Please contact Ranger Andrea Bucher at andrea.bucher@maryland.gov if you have any questions.                                                                                        

          


 

Calvert

Calvert Cliffs State Park    

10540 H. G. Trueman Road Lusby, MD                   

Ranger Led: Guided First Day Hike  

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 3.6 miles (round trip)    

Date: Saturday January 1 

Time: 9 a.m.                          

Come start the New Year with a guided hike along the Red Trail beginning 9 a.m. Sat Jan 1!  The hike is 3.6 miles round trip beside scenic wetlands and leads to the Chesapeake Bay  where views of the Calvert Cliffs are possible. Complete the hike to earn a sticker for your accomplishment and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park!  

Additional Details: Pets on a leash are welcome. Please dress for the weather and activity and bring drinking  water for the hike. Admission into the park is free on Jan 1st & 2nd, and the Friends of Calvert  Cliffs State Park will be accepting monetary donations for their First Day Food Drive in support of SMILE and selling merchandise to benefit the park!

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/CalvertCliffs_map.pdf      

For additional information, contact the park directly: RSVP 443-975-4360 or email: calvertcliffs.statepark@maryland.gov



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Calvert

Calvert Cliffs State Park      

10540 H. G. Trueman Road Lusby, MD                   

Self Guided Hike: Red Trail

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 2.6 miles (round trip)                                

This self-guided, popular 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! 

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.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/CalvertCliffs_map.pdf      

For additional information, contact the park directly: Chase.kolstrom@maryland.gov                                



Caroline                                                                                                                                 

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ep Short Road, Denton MD 21629

Ranger Led: First Day Hike at Martinak

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Date: 1/1/22

Time: 1:00 PM 

Meet at: Park Office

Difficulty: Easy          

Distance: 2 miles      

This loop 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           

Registration: Pre-registration preferred. Email tuckahoe.statepark@maryland.gov                                         


                                                                                        

Caroline/Queen Anne

Tuckahoe State Park           

Lake Parking Lot - 13187 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne MD 21657         

Ranger Led: Tuckahoe's Annual First Day Hike  

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 10:00 AM          

Meet at: Tuckahoe Lake Parking Lot

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate  

Distance: Approx 2 miles  

 

Join us for a hike along Tuckahoe's Creek and wetlands!    

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

Registration: Pre-registration preferred. Email tuckahoe.statepark@maryland.gov                                                           

      


    

Carroll​

Patapsco Valley State Park - McKeldin Area

6 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville 21104

 Guided Hik

e: Tall Poplar Trail

Difficulty: Easy to Medium    

Distance: 1.5 miles   

Skip the crowds on New Years Day and join us for a self led First Weekend hike of the Tall Poplar Trail on 1/2/22 from 9am to 3pm.  This Hike will take you through the mixed hardwood forest and along the Patapsco river along a wide trail that is well suited for the whole family!  The Patapsco Mobile Visitor Center will be on site to provide maps, have Discovery Packs available for loan, and offer other activities to help start your year off right! 

Additional Details: This trail features uneven surfaces and light to moderate slopes.  Visitors should wear sturdy closed toe shoes and dress appropriately for the season.  Shine only.   Pets on a leash are welcome.  Advance Registration preferred, contact Park Headquarters.  Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and season, and be prepared for trail conditions including but not limited to:  mud, uneven surfaces, gentle to moderate slopes.  Trail is not stroller friendly.  Park Entrance fee is $2/vehicle, payable at the Honor Box. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/PatapscoValley/McKeldin/McKeldin-Area.aspx       

For additional information, contact the park directly: Patapsco Valley State Park - contact for registration, Office - 410-461-5005, email - patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov                                                                                                                                                              


Cecil

Elk Neck State Park 

4395 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD 21901  

Self Guided Hike: Turkey Point Lighthouse Trail            

Difficulty: Easy to Medium    

Distance: 1.5 miles (.8 mile one way)          

Frolic through fields and forest all weekend to reach your destination at the historic Turkey Point Light Station overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Keep on the lookout for snow geese and other winter wildlife as you hike the 1.5 miles round-trip gravel trail.           

Additional Details: There is no day use fee for this area but parking is limited. The trail is suited for mountain bikes and pets on a leash but not stroller friendly. Registration is not required. The Turkey Point Lighthouse Area is open from sunrise to sunset.       

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/ElkNeck/Trails-Maps.aspx       

For additional information, contact the park directly: Elk Neck State Park, office number: 410-287-5333, park email: elkneck.statepark@maryland.gov        

 


Cecil

Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area    

Gallaher Road Parking (Lot #4): 491 Gallaher Road, Elkton, MD 21921​                

Self Guided Hike: Ranger Grieco's Recommended

Hike

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult                      

Distance: 4.75 miles

This self- guided hike begins from the Gallaher Road Parking Lot (491 Gallaher Road, Elkton, MD 21921) and provides visitors with a glimpse of Fair Hill NRMA's varied terrain and habitats, while utilizing a mixture of trail types from double track gravel to natural surface single track paths. A route guide for the hike is available by the black gate across from the Gallaher Road Lot.  

Additional Details: Not stroller friendly. Leashed pets are welcome. Please dress for the weather.

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Diana Marsteller: diana.marsteller@maryland.gov / Park Office: 410-398-1246 / Park Duty Ranger: 410-218-1698           

Trail Map  ​                                   

         


Cecil

Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area    

North Appleton Parking (Lot #3): 2941 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921                  

Ranger Led: First Day Ranger Guided Hike

Date: 1/1/22 Time: 10:00 AM

Meet at: North Appleton Parking (Lot #3): 2941 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921 

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult 

Distance: Approx 5 miles

Join our ranger staff on an invigorating 5 mile (approx.) hike through beautiful Fair Hill. Re-energize for the New Year and connect with fellow first day hikers! 

Additional Details: Friendly leashed dogs welcome. Trailer not suitable for strollers. Please dress for the weather.

Registration: Pre-registration preferred. Please contact Ranger Diana Marsteller at diana.marsteller@maryland.gov ​or Park Office: 410-398-1246

                                     

         


Charles                                                                       

Smallwood State Park         

2750 Sweden Point Rd. Marbury, MD 20658

Ranger Led: First Day Hike on the General's Walk         

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 11:00 a.m.        

Meet at: Sweden Point Discovery Center     

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: Approx 3 miles

Jo

in our park staff for a hike along the General's Walk Trail at Smallwood.

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome.  The hike is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.  Restrooms available.   

Registration: Pre- registration preferred.  Please contact A.Ogle at andrew.ogle@maryland.gov or call Smallwood Duty Ranger: 240-743-8475                                                                                                                            


                                                               

Frederick                    

Cunningham Falls State Park        

6709 Cunningham Falls Park Rd. Thurmont MD 21788                   

Self Guided Hike: Catoctin Furnace and African American Cemetery Trail    

Difficulty: Easy                      

Length: 2.2 miles      

Start the new year with a little hiking and a lot of knowledge! Starting at the lower parking area in the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park, this one mile trail (approximately 2.2 miles round trip) trail takes you along Little Hunting Creek and over US 15 via a steep footbridge to the historic Catoctin Furnace Historic Site. There you will find the ruins of the Iron Master’s House and the furnace “Isabella”. Continue beyond the furnace site to an African American Cemetery that was the final resting place of some of the furnace workers. Interpretive panels along the trail tell you the story of the land and of the workers who lived and worked at the furnace over its 127 year history. 

Additional Details: Parking is available at the Furnace site along Route 806 for those who cannot hike over the footbridge. Portable toilets are available in the Manor Area.   Leashed pets are welcome. Handicap and stroller parking available at Catoctin Furnace Lot located on RT 806. Portable Restroom at Manor Area. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/Cunningham_map.pdf     

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Claudia Padilla for details, Park office: 301-271-7574; Duty Ranger: (301) 712-6964; cfalls0911@gmail.com

 



Frederick                                                                                                                     

Cunningham Falls State Park

6709 Cunningham Falls Park Rd.                 

Self Guided Hike: Manor Area Storybook Trail    

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 0.5 mile     

An easy trail for youngsters to start a New Year's tradition. Start at the Manor Area playground parking lot and pick up the trail to the right of the playground. Read the fall/winter themed book as you meander through the woods. The trail ends at the park's Aviary where you can view the park's 11 birds of prey outside of the gated area.   

Additional Details: Leashed pets welcome. Handicap and stroller parking available. Portable Restroom outside of Manor Area Visitor Center.            https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/Cunningham_map.pdf     

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Claudia Padilla for details, Park office: 301-271-7574; Duty Ranger: (301) 712-6964; cfalls0911@gmail.com           

 


Frederick

Cunningham Falls State Park        

104039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont MD 21788              

Ranger Led: Old Misery Guided Hike

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 10:00 AM          

Meet at: Dam Overlook Parking Lot 

Difficulty: Difficult      

Distance: 3 miles roundtrip   

Join a park ranger and get your blood pumping on the first of the year. We'll head straight up the mountain on the switchbacks of Old Misery, the trail name won't disappoint! We'll keep going to join Cat Rock trail and pause for a break at the Cat Rock formation before turning around and retracing our steps back down the mountain.        

Additional Details: Leased pets welcome, not handicap or stroller accessible. No restrooms on site.     

Registration: Due to limited parking, registration is required. Contact Ranger Claudia Padilla for details, Park office: 301-271-7574; Duty Ranger: (301) 712-6964 Ranger Claudia Padilla, claudia.padilla@maryland.gov                                                                                                                            


                                                                                                                                                                 Frederick

Park

 

8448

High Knob Road, Frederick, MD 21702                       

Self Guided Hike: New Year’s Eve Sunset Hike on "High Knob Loop" 

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 1 mile        

Allow the sun to set on your year at Gambrill State Park! Join us for a self-paced sunset hike in the High Knob Area on Friday, December 31, 2021. A Ranger will be stationed at the Nature Center from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. to hand out brochures, maps and stickers. Hikers are suggested to begin their hike between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. in order to arrive at the Middletown Overlook in time for a true western region sunset.           

Additional Details: Area is not accessible via stroller. Leashed pets are welcome! Please dress for the weather and bring water. There are no restroom facilities on site.  Because the Sunset Hike is a combination of trails, the route will be marked in advance. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/western/gambrill.aspx          

For additional information, contact the park directly: Office: 301-271-7574, Duty Ranger: 301-712-6964, Email: Gambrill.StatePark@maryland.gov  

 



Frederick

Gathland State Park GUIDED HIKE CANCELLED

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Arnoldstown Rd., Jefferson, MD 21755             

Ranger Led: First Weekend Hike Through History          

Dates: 01/01/22 and 01/02/22           

Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day             

Meet at: Gathland Hall

Museum

    

    

Difficulty: Moderate               

Distance: Approximately 4 miles           

The park will be open and visitors can do an unguided hike North or South on the AT.

Join us for a guided First Weekend hike through history!  We'll begin at Crampton's Gap and hike on the Appalachian Trail to Brownsville Pass, one of the lesser known locations that played a role in the 1862 Battle of South Mountain.  Once we reach Brownsville Pass, you will have the option to hike back or continue on towards Weverton Cliff Overlook.        

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome.  The Appalachian Trail is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. No Pre-registration Required. 

For additional information, contact the park directly:     Contact: Greenbrier State Park - greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov;  Park Office: 301.791.4656;  Park Duty Ranger:  240.357.4386                                                                                  

 



Garrett

Sang Run State Park           

3735 Sang Run Rd, McHenry, MD 21541    

Self Guided Hike: Bluebird Trail    

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 1 mile        

Come to Sang Run State Park for a self-guided hike through the historic agricultural fields. This stroll is excellent for birdwatching and beautiful views of the Youghiogheny River Valley. The Bluebird trail is marked by blue circles, and starts just up the hill by the garden behind the Friends Store. 

Additional Details: Prepare for possible snow covered trails with proper hiking shoes and warm clothing and binoculars. Bring something to drink since there is no potable water on-site. Leashed pets are welcome. No stroller/wheelchair access. Vault toilet available in the parking lot.                      

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact: Ranger Will Sade - william.sade@maryland.gov /  Park Office: 301-387-5563 /  Duty Ranger: 240-405-9827 / Park Email: deepcreek.statepark@maryland.gov                  

 



Garrett                                    

New Germany State Park    

349 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville, MD 21536                  

Self Guided Hikes: New Germany State Park Trail System        

Difficulty: Easy to Difficult     

Distance: Up to 12 miles of options!

Celebrating the New Year is often about celebrating personal goals, dreams and ambitions.  Live your own adventure at New Germany State Park with a custom hike that best suits YOU!  Meet at the New Germany State Park Lake House between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for maps, directions and recommendations from park rangers. If preferred, a guided hike will also be available at 2:00 pm.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome.  Cross country ski and snowshoe rentals will be available if conditions are favorable.  A warm fire and complimentary hot chocolate will be available for hike participants. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/NewGermany_map.pdf   

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Julia Musselwhite - julia.musselwhite@maryland.gov Park Office: 301-895-5453                                                                        


         

Garrett

New Germany State Park    

New Germany Lake House- 403 McAndrews Hill Rd, Grantsville, MD 21536                     

Ranger Led: Community Heritage Hike at New Germany State Park    

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 2:00 PM                        

Meet at: Lake House 

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: 2.6 miles   

During this winter hike, a ranger will lead you on an invigorating 2.6 mile walk down the scenic Turnpike Trail to our Dynamite Shack Loop to start the year off with an imaginary bang!  Expect to climb about 260 ft of elevation to kickstart your 2022 fitness goals.  The route may be adjusted In the event of skiable, snow-covered trails.           

Additional Details: This is a natural surface trail and is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.  Leashed pets are welcome.  The hike will begin and conclude at the Lake House where guests can enjoy restroom facilities, a warm fire and complimentary hot chocolate for hikers.  Snowshoes will be available to rent if conditions allow.        

Registration: Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.  Call the park office at 301-895-5453 

 


Garrett

Herrington Manor State Park         

222 Herrington Lane Oakland, MD 21550                

Self Guided Hike: Green Trail        

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 1.7 Miles   

Come to Herrington Manor State Park for a self-guided hike along the Green Trail. It is accessible from the park headquarters. The hike will begin along an open field, then entering the hardwood forests, before looping back to the park headquarters. Trail maps and self guide brochures will be available at the park headquarters.     

Additional Details: The trail is not stroller/wheelchair friendly. Leashed pets are welcome. Restrooms are available in the park laundry facility below the Park Headquarters. Please dress appropriately for the weather. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/HerringtonManor/Hiking-Trail-Maps.aspx         

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Brian Evans - brian.evans@maryland.gov - Park Office: 301-334-9180/ Park Duty Ranger: 240-321-5966                                                                                            

 


Garrett

Deep Creek Lake State Park           

898 State Park Rd., Swanton, Md 21561                  

Ranger Led: Beckman's Trail Hike

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 12:00 p.m.       

Meet at: Beckman's Trailhead. Go through the main entrance, and stay right until you reach the overflow parking lot. The trailhead is at the back of the lot.         

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate             

Distance: 2 miles      

Join us for a mountainside hike along Beckman's Trail. You will learn about the bold black bear community we have in Garrett County. We will also be passing the historic Brant Coal Mine located just off the trail! Prepare for possible snow covered trails with proper footwear and layers. Should the mountain trails be too slick, we will stroll beside the beautiful lakeshore.          

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. No stroller/wheelchair access. There is no restroom access at the trailhead, but a portable restroom is available at the ranger station. The hike will have around 300 feet of elevation gain.          

Registration: Pre- registration preferred. Please contact park headquarters. Deep Creek Lake State Park Office: 301-387-5563. Duty Ranger: 240-405-9827 Park Email: deepcreek.statepark@maryland.gov

   


                                                                                                                                                                    Harford

Rocks State Park     

3900 St. Claire Bridge Road, Jarrettsville, Md 21084                       

Self Guided Hike: Red to White Trail        

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles   

Start off the new year with a truly spectacular view. A self-guided hike along the short red trail will take you to the King and Queen Seat overlook, a beautiful 190 foot rock outcropping. Hop on the white trail if you want to walk a little more. (Red Trail is approximately .25 mile, White trail adds 2.2 miles)  

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome. Not stroller/wheelchair accessible. Portable restrooms are available near parking lots. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/rocks.aspx       

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Angie Pease for details, Park office 410-557-7994 angela.pease@maryland.gov                                                                                            


                                                     

Harford                                   

Susquehanna State Park    

2569 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, Md 21034              

Self Guided Hike: Lower Susquehanna Greenways Trail           

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: 4.4 miles round trip

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: Contact Ranger Angie Pease for details, Park office 410-557-7994 angela.pease@maryland.gov                                                                                                                         


Harford                                                                                                                        

Gunpowder Falls State Park           

Jerusalem Mill - 2813 Jerusalem Rd, Kingsville, MD 21087            

Self Guided: First Day Hike at the Jerusalem Mill Village                          

Meet at: Jerusalem Mill - Blacksmith Shop

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate              

Distance: 3 miles      

This self- guided, easy-to-moderate hike along the Big Gunpowder Trail adjacent to the Little Gunpowder Falls is available on both Saturday and Sunday. The trail is well marked and will interpret the history of the Village, including its role as a town hub for nearly 200 years. ​       

Additional Details: Friendly, leashed dogs with hiking experience are welcome. Trail not suitable for strollers, but children are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring water. Water-resistant boots are highly recommended. No registration required.  

Registration: 410-592-2897 or contact Ranger Andrea Bucher at andrea.bucher@maryland.gov                                   

 



Howard

Patapsco Valley State Park - Hollofield Area, Shelter 300     

8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City 21403                 

Ranger Led Hike: First Day Hike - River Ridge Trail       

Date: 1/1/22    

Time: 10 am - 12 pm

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Difficulty: Easy to Moderate  

Distance: 1 mile        

Join us on New Years Day from 10 am to 12 pm for a 1 mile round trip First Day Hike of the River Ridge trail.  This Hike will be assisted by the Patapsco Senior Rangers and will depart from Shelter 300.  Hikers will hike down the recently constructed River Ridge Trail extension to the Patapsco River.  

Additional Details: This Hike is open to visitors of all ages, but will traverse uneven terrain and moderate slopes.  Sturdy closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing are required.  Shine only. Pets on a leash are welcome. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and season, and be prepared for trail conditions including but not limited to:  mud, uneven surfaces, moderate to steep slopes. Trail is not stroller friendly.  Park Entrance fee is $2/vehicle, payable at the Honor Box.

Registration:  Advance Registration preferred, contact Park Headquarters. Patapsco Valley State Park - Office - 410-461-5005, email patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


                                                                  

Kent

Sassafras NRMA      

13761 Turners Creek Road, Kennedyville, MD 21645                     

Self Guided Hike: Tochwogh Tr

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: Easy                      

Distance: 1.5 miles   

Enjoy The Wandering Artist Trail! This self-guided will encourage everyone to embrace their inner artist while appreciating all the beauty that nature has to offer.           

Additional Details: Natural surface trail, not suitable for strollers/wheelchairs. Pit toilet is located by the main parking area. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/eastern/sassafras.aspx            

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact: Ranger Ashlee Reinke : ashlee.reinke@maryland.gov // Duty Ranger : 443-221-8285                                                                    



                                                                                                                                                           

Montgomery                                                                                                   

Seneca Creek State Park    

11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878                   

Self Guided Hike: Lakeshore Loop

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: 3.7 miles   

The Lakeshore trail loop can be started from multiple different points located throughout the Park. Some popular spots include the expo field (Park near the tire playground), the boat center, or Kingfisher Overlook. This trail will take you around Clopper Lake where you will follow blue blazes around the loop.  

Additional Details: This trail is natural surface and not wheelchair or stroller friendly. The restroom by the Tire playground is available. Please dress appropriate for the weather.          https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/Seneca_AreaMap.pdf           

For additional information, please contact the park directly: Contact Ranger: Shelby Smith- Shelby.Smith@maryland.gov // Park Office: 301-924-2127 // Park Duty Ranger: 443-534-5837                                               

 



Montgomery/Howard

Patuxent River State Park   

Park Office/Nature Center- 23222 Georgia Ave, Brookeville MD 20833                     

Ranger Led: First to Step Foot Hike          

Date:1/1/22     

Times: 11 a.m.  and 1 p.m.    

Meet at: Park Office/Nature Center  

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: approx 3 miles      

Be one the first to step foot on a brand new trail here at Patuxent River State Park. Join Park Rangers on this guided 3 mile round trip hike. We will be meeting at the Park Nature Center and setting off on the Flowing Free trail to the newest section of the Red trail and returning. The guided hike will depart at 11 A.M. and 1 P.M.       

Additional Details: This trail is natural surface and is not wheelchair or stroller friendly, however friendly leashed dogs are welcome. A restroom is located in the Parking lot. Registration is preferred as parking and supplies are limited.             

Registration: Pre- registration preferred. Please contact by email at Patuxentriver.Statepark@maryland.gov or call the Park Office at 301-924-2127 or Duty Ranger at 443-962-0216                                                                                                                                                    

 


Prince George's                                                                                                          

Cedarville State Forest        

10201 Bee Oak Road                

Self Guided Hike: Orange Trail      

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate  

Distance:1.5 miles    

Come kick off the New Year to have a fun, family-friendly hike at Cedarville State Forest. The section of the Trail is about 1.5 miles round-trip. Rangers will be available to answer some of your questions along the trail or after your hike. Dogs on leash are welcome! End your hike at the office for pre-packaged refreshments (water & snacks in paper bag).

Additional Details: This hike will last approximately 1 hour. Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine) and have water for drinking.                   

For additional details, contact the park directly: Cedarville SF email - cedarville.statepark@maryland.gov Duty Ranger 443-975-4358                                                                    


             

Prince George's 

Merkle Natural Resource Management Area        

11704 Fenno Rd. Upper Marlboro MD                      

Self Guided Hike: Poplar Springs Trail     

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate              

Distance: 3 miles

This self-guided, ranger recommended loop hike starts and ends at 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.  Maps available at the trailhead. Follow yellow blazes for Paw Paw Trail and red blazes for Poplar Springs. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/merkle_map.pdf   

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


Talbot

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park

29761 Bolingbroke Point Drive, Trappe, MD 21673                     

Self Guided Hike: Choptank River Trail 

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 1 mile        

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.         

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller/ wheelchair accessible, portable restrooms available on pier. Park is open 7:00 am to sunset.            https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/BillBurtonPier_map.pdf   

For additional information, contact the park directly: HTUGRR State Park - Office (410) 221-2290, htursp.dnr@maryland.gov, Duty Ranger (443) 477- 0526                                                                                


               

Somerset

Janes Island State Park      

26280 Alfred J Lawson Dive, Crisfield, MD 21817               

Ranger Led: First Day Hikes at Janes Island State Park

Date: 1/1/2022            

Times: 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM                        

Meet at: Camper Check-In Parking Lot 

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance:1 Mile         

Janes Island State Park will be offering two guided First Day Hikes this year. Participants can start the new year off by getting the worm with an early bird hike at 9am. Or you can sleep in and take in a sunset hike at 4:30 pm. Meet at the Camper Check-in Parking Lot 

Additional Details: Parking at Janes Island is free. Leashed pets are welcome. Restrooms are available on site. The trail is stroll friendly. Make sure to bring plenty of water and to wear shoes/clothing appropriate for the weather (rain, snow or shine).           

Registration: No Pre-Registration required. 

For additional details, contact the park directly: Park Office: 410-968-1565. Email: Ranger Mark Herring mark.herring@maryland.gov                                                                                                                                                                                                  


St.Mary’

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25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636              

Ranger Led: Greenwell State Park First Day Hike on the Brown Trail  

Date: 1/1/2022            

Times: 8:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M.      

Meet at: Pavilion Area            

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 1.5 Miles Full Hike            

The Greenwell State Park First Day Hike will be a guided hike along the Brown Trail. The trail has a nice scenic overlook that is an amazing focal point. There will be two guided hike times, one at 0830 and one at 1230. Have hiking shoes and proper attire for the day, along with water for the excursion. 

Additional Details: Pets are welcome but need to be on a six foot leash (not a retractable leash). Bring some water for the hike and some snacks if needed! The Trail is passable with a Stroller.

Map of Greenwell: https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/parkmaps/greenwellmap.aspx

Registration: No Pre-registration, Sign-in Sheet will be passed around at start of hike

For additional information, contact the park directly: Email Contact: Ranger Riley Schwertz riley.schwertz@maryland.gov Phone Contact PLO Complex: 301-872-5688                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Washington

Fort Frederick State Park 

11100 Fort Frederick Road Big Pool, MD 21711  

Ranger Led: Beaver Pond Trail Hike

Difficulty: Easy 

Distance: 1.5 mile 

Date: 1/1/22

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Come join us for a Ranger- led wetland walk that meets at 10 AM at the Forts parking lot. You will see plant life, wildlife and perhaps the elusive beaver!

​For more information, contact the Park directly: 301-842-2155    

 


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Washington

Greenbrier State Park

21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713            

Self Guided Hike: Big Red Trail/Yellow Trail Loop          

Difficulty: Moderate   

Distance: Approximately 5 miles      

Join us for a self guided First Weekend hike along the recently improved Big Red and Yellow Trails.  Follow signs to the park Visitors Center between 10 am and 3 pm  for trail maps and more information to plan your hike.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome.  The Big Red and Yellow trails are not wheelchair or stroller friendly.  Restrooms will be available at the Visitors Center.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/Greenbrier_Map.pdf        

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact: Greenbrier State Park - greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov;  Park Office: 301.791.4656;  Park Duty Ranger:  240.357.4386    

 


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Washington

Greenbrier State Park         

21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713

Self Guided Hike: Marked Mile    

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance:1 mile         

Join us for a self led First Weekend hike along paved surfaces beside the park's lake and through the picnic area.  Hike begins near the Visitors Center and will be marked with green cones.  Follow signs to the park Visitors Center between 10 am and 3 pm  for trail maps and more information to plan your hike.  

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome.  The Marked Mile is both wheelchair and stroller friendly.  Restrooms will be available at the Visitors Center.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/Greenbrier_Map.pdf        

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact: Greenbrier State Park - greenbrier.statepark@maryland.gov;  Park Office: 301.791.4656;  Park Duty Ranger:  240.357.4386                                                                                                



                                                                                                                                  

Worcester                                                                                                                                                       Assateague State Park        

11800 Marsh View Ln, Berlin, MD 21811                

Self Guided Hike: Rackliffe Trail- First Day Scavenger Hunt Hike        

Difficulty: Easy                      

Distance: 1 mile        

Assateague has teamed up with Just Walk Berlin to offer a First Day Scavenger Hunt Hike.  As you hike along the Rackliffe Trail located just behind the Assateague National Park Visitor Center be on the lookout for decorated quahog clam shells along the path. Please take just one per family as something to remember your First Day Hike at Assateague.       

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome, not stroller/ wheelchair accessible, portable restrooms available at Marina. Hike is available from 8am to 5pm.             https://dnr.maryland.gov/parkquest/Documents/2021ParkQuest/Rackliffe-Trail-Map_Scott2021_Final.pdf          

For additional information, contact the park directly: Assateague State Park Office Number 410.641.2120  Park email: assateague.statepark@maryland.gov                

 



Worcester

Assateague State Park        

6915 Stephen Decatur Hwy Berlin Md 21811                      

Self Guided Hike: Assateague State Park- Choose Your Own Assateague Island Adventure!    

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate              

Distance: 2 miles      

Choose your own Assateague adventure! We encourage you all to spend New Year's weekend outside with family or for a solo hike, walk, or even simply finding a quiet bench along a trail. The beach may not be the first destination on your list in January but the island has many treasures to share. As you explore look for winter waterfowl, raptors, sika deer, and of course the wild horses. Stop by the Day-Use boardwalk for a fireside chat with park staff, share stories, ask questions and make a connection.  Hike is available January 1st and 2nd from 7am to sunset. Staff will be available 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Additional Details: Leashed pets are welcome in the State Park, not stroller/ wheelchair accessible, portable restrooms available at Day-Use parking lot. Hike is available from 7am to sunset.                       

For additional information, contact the park directly: Assateague State Park Office Number 410.641.2120  Park email:assateague.statepark@maryland.gov                                                                                                                            


Worcester                                                                                                                    

Pocomoke River State Park

3461 Worcester Hwy, Snow Hill, MD 21863             

Self Guided: Multi-trail Loop (Starts at the Nature Center)        

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate      

Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles   

This self-guided hike starts at the nature center and takes multiple trails to loop back to the nature center. The planned path gives opportunities to hike through the cypress swamp, see changes to the trail system and to have a chance to see what Pocomoke River State park has to offer.

Additional Details: In cooperation with Assateague State Park and Janes Island State we are offering a Lower Shore First Day Hike Challenge. Hikers who participate in all three first day hikes can have the opportunity of winning Park Swag prizes. To enter, hikers will take a photo with a recognizable or established spot along the trail route for each park and post the three photos online to either facebook or twitter. A number of winners will be selected to receive prizes Parking located at the Nature Center which will also be open to those visiting the park. Hot drinks will be available. Closed toe shoes are recommended and the trail can be muddy in sections so please dress for wet, mud, and cold. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/PRSP-ShadLanding-TrailMap.pdf     

For additional information, contact the park directly: Contact Ranger Bernard Schuler: bernardr.schuler@maryland.gov​; Park Office- 410-632-2566; Duty Phone- 443-614-2894                                                                                                              ​​