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Hike Maryland

A Guide to the Scenic Trails of the Free State

Bryan MacKay

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Explore the natural beauty of Maryland on foot.

Maryland affords a rich variety of natural places for residents and visitors to enjoy, from the Chesapeake shores through expansive Piedmont farmland to the Appalachian Plateau. And whether you’re headed to the seashore or the mountains, there are few better ways to experience these landscapes than on foot. With its excellent system of public lands—including national parks, state parks and forests, and even privately owned tracts open to the public—Maryland offers ample opportunities for hikers to find easy walks, challenging trails, and…

Explore the natural beauty of Maryland on foot.

Maryland affords a rich variety of natural places for residents and visitors to enjoy, from the Chesapeake shores through expansive Piedmont farmland to the Appalachian Plateau. And whether you’re headed to the seashore or the mountains, there are few better ways to experience these landscapes than on foot. With its excellent system of public lands—including national parks, state parks and forests, and even privately owned tracts open to the public—Maryland offers ample opportunities for hikers to find easy walks, challenging trails, and outstanding views. In Hike Maryland, Bryan MacKay takes you on twenty-five exceptional trips on the footpaths of the Free State.

Drawing on his decades of experience as an avid hiker, lifelong Marylander, and expert naturalist, MacKay has assembled a list of the best hikes in the state. His beautifully illustrated guide tells you how to find the trails, describes the flowers and wildlife you’ll see along the way, and shares sensible advice about such concerns as ticks and poisonous snakes.

Each individual trail guide includes key information, a map, and background on the natural history and ecology of the park, forest, or preserve, and offers a brief essay featuring a local plant, animal, or environmental issue. Whether you are venturing out on a solo trek on the Appalachian Trail, hiking with friends through Patapsco Valley State Park, or heading to Assateague Island with your family, this book will be an invaluable resource on your journeys.

Hike Maryland is a companion guide to Cycle Maryland and Paddle Maryland.

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240
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9781421424989
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17 color photos, 25 maps
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Fifty Years of Hiking in Maryland
1. Assateague Island National Seashore
2. Nassawango Creek Preserve
3. Pickering Creek Audubon Center
4. Tuckahoe State Park and Adkins Arboretum
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Preface
Acknowledgements
Fifty Years of Hiking in Maryland
1. Assateague Island National Seashore
2. Nassawango Creek Preserve
3. Pickering Creek Audubon Center
4. Tuckahoe State Park and Adkins Arboretum
5. Calvert Cliffs State Park
6. American Chestnut Land Trust
7. Patuxent River Park
8. Rock Creek Park
9. North Point State Park
10. Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail
11. Great Falls Tavern Walk and the Billy Goat Trail
12. Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
13. Gunpowder South Trail
14. Patapsco Valley State Park
15. Hemlock Gorge
16. Sugarloaf Mountain
17. The Appalachian Trail
18. Maryland Heights
19. Catoctin Mountain Park
20. Green Ridge State Forest
21. Monroe Run Trail
22. Lostland Run Trail
23. Kendall Trail
24. Swallow Falls State Park
25. Cranesville Swamp Preserve
Index

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Bryan MacKay

Bryan MacKay is a senior lecturer emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Hiking, Cycling, and Canoeing in Maryland: A Family Guide and Baltimore Trails: A Guide for Hikers and Mountain Bikers, both published by Johns Hopkins.