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Hiking in Western Maryland

Hiking in Western Maryland

Grab your backpacks and head on out to some of Maryland's most scenic parks, trails, rivers, and lakes for a little bit'a hiking.
Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 Catoctin Hollow Road
Thurmont, MD 21788
Natural features include a 78-foot high waterfall. Hikers are sure to see white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and red-tailed hawks.
Parking available along MD Route 77, Catoctin Hollow Road, the Manor Area and William Houck Area.
Restrooms are available in the William Houck and Manor Areas. Trail distances vary from .5 mile to 7.5 miles. Times vary from less than one hour to several hours. Trails vary from moderately easy to strenuous. Many trails have an elevation change of several hundred feet and are very rocky with uneven footing.
Antietam National Battlefield
Visitor's Center
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
MD 65
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Things to do: Explore the museum exhibits in the visitor center, view the 26-minute introductory film "Antietam Visit" which is shown on the hour and the half- hour, except from noon to 1pm or the one-hour "Antietam Documentary" shown every day in the visitor center from noon to 1pm, join a Park Ranger for a battlefield talk and walk, browse the museum store, take the self-guided 8-1/2 mile auto tour through the battlefield. The tour has 11 stops and begins at the Dunker Church, buy an audio tape/CD or join a Park Ranger for a more detailed auto tour, take a self-guided tour through the cornfield, Dunker Church, Sherrick Farm, Pry House Field Hospital and more.
Western Maryland Rail Trail
To reach the eastern end of the Western Maryland Rail Trail, take exit 12, MD 56, from I-70. Turn east and go to Big Pool. The trail parking lot is across the street from the Post Office.
To reach Hancock and explore the the western end of the trail, take exit 3 from I-70 into Hancock. Travel west on MD 144 for 1.4 miles. Turn left into the Western Maryland Rail Trail parking lot.
Beginning approximately one-half mile west of historic Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County, Maryland, the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) winds along the Potomac River through rolling farmland, woodlands, and rural towns to its terminus at the southern slope of Sideling Hill Ridge.
South Mountain State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
This historic park has over 10,000 acres for year-round hiking along the Appalachian Trail. South Mountain, a ridge composed largely of resistant quartzite, posed a formidable obstacle to the early settlers until 1755 when General Edward Braddock and a young surveyor, George Washington, constructed a road over one of its passes. Greenbrier, Washington Monument and Gathland are neighboring state parks along South Mountain.
Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713-9535
A portion of the Appalachian Trail enters the eastern edge of the park on Bartman's Hill. The Greenbrier trail system varies in terrain and can be very rocky. These trails can become slippery after rain or have obstacles blocking paths. A Trail guide is available at
Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, MD 21711
Located just one-half mile west of Fort Frederick is the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a 23-mile long paved path that follows the former Western Maryland Railway line. A trail guide is available at The Fort Frederick State Park and Western Maryland Rail Trail systems vary in terrain.

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