Not too long ago I posted some of my favorite Family-Friendly Hiking Trails in Maryland. If you are anything like me, sometimes you just want to get out on the trail, but want to tackle a more difficult trail. Maybe one that isn’t necessarily considered kid-friendly? Maryland is full of scenic trails that are just too beautiful to resist. So call a sitter, grab your back pack, and check out some of my favorite not-so-family-friendly hiking trails in Maryland!
Not-So-Family-Friendly Hiking Trails in Maryland
Avalon Super Loop in Patapsco State Park
Now this trail only just over 12 miles, but it is still great if you want to spend your entire day at the park! There is lots to see whether you are a nature or history buff. I really enjoy the waterfall areas, but there are ruins and artifacts along the trail too.
Catoctin Mountain Park Circuit in Thurmont
This circuit is almost 9.5 miles, but still offers some of the most beautiful views in Catoctin Mountain National Park. My favorite is Cunningham Falls (which is a great place to start). You don’t want to miss Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, or the Blue Ridge Summit Overlook. Just a warning, this trail is on the rocky side! If hiking over boulders and rocks isn’t your thing, you may want to skip it.
Merryman Trail and Loch Raven Reservoir in Timonium
Almost 10 miles long (if you start in the parking area near Bosley Rd), I think the Merryman Trail is definitely the most scenic in the Loch Raven Reservoir. The trail itself isn’t too difficult, as it is mostly flat surface or crushed rock, with only one or two steep hills. Towards the end you will find a beautiful watering hole perfect for a dip in the summer months.
Greenbrier State Park to Washington Monument in Boonsboro
If you aren’t familiar with the Appalachian Trail, let me just state that I’m not talking about the Washington Monument in DC! This is a 13 mile hike that starts off in Greenbrier State Park, but then leads to the Appalachian Trail that will then take you to the Washington Monument. Beautiful views, but the trail is uphill, and can get muddy and rocky.
C & O Canal Towpath in Cumberland
There are over 44 miles of trail to enjoy! Not only is the Towpath great for hikers, but bikers as well. There are plenty of historic views and campgrounds along the way, but you definitely don’t want to miss the Paw Paw Tunnel. This canal tunnel is one of the most famous historically in the world!
I have not been financially compensated in any way from the locations listed above. This is simply 100% my own opinion. Photo image provided by Steve Ackerman for article use.