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Best Hiking Trails in the Washington, DC Area

Including Hundreds of Miles of Hiking Trails in Maryland and Virginia



Black Hill Regional Park

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Rock Creek Park
Over 25 miles of trails stretching from Washington, DC to Montgomery, County Maryland. Hikers may pick up trail at Beach Drive, Meadowside Nature Center or Lake Needwood.

Appalachian Trail
Trail goes about 2160 miles from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. Some popular destinations for day hikes include South Mountain State Park, Greenbrier State Park, Washington Monument State Park, Gathland State Park, Harpers Ferry and Shenandoah National Park.

Black Hill Regional Park
Large regional park located in Boyds, Maryland with hiking trails and spectacular views of Little Seneca Lake.

Catoctin Mountain Park
Recreational area located in Maryland that is part of the National Park Service with 25 miles of hiking trails and scenic mountain vistas.

Cunningham Falls
Beautiful state park in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland with 78-foot cascading waterfalls.

Great Falls
An 800 acre park with 14 miles of hiking trails located along the Potomac River upriver from Washington DC.

Sugarloaf Mountain
A Registered Natural Landmark, a small mountain with hiking trails and scenic views in Dickerson, Maryland.

Bull Run Regional Park
Park in Centreville, Virginia with hiking trails, picnic areas, a swimming pool, a playground, campgrounds, and a miniature golf course.

See also, Explore the Rail Trails in the Washington DC Capital Region

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