Eight Maryland hikes perfect for families

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FamilyHIkeEight hikes in the Annapolis/Baltimore/D.C area

1. Perimeter Trail, Kinder Farm Park, Millersville
Kids flock to Kinder Farm Park for the farm animals and the huge multi-level playground, part of which is shaded. Use these draws as an incentive to finish the paved 2.8-mile perimeter trail that goes around the park (or one of a number of nearby trails).

2. Lake Trail, Centennial Park, Columbia
The picturesque Centennial Lake is almost always in the backdrop of the 2.4 mile paved loop trail that winds around it. Look out for geese, check out two big playgrounds, or even rent a boat as part of your trip around the trail.

3. Nature Trail, Robinson Nature Center, Columbia
Columbia's new, state-of-the-art nature center offers many exhibits as well as a 1-mile wooded trail that features an arboretum and views of the Middle Patuxent River.

4. Marsh Edge Trail, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge
This popular 1/3-mile trail along the Little Blackwater and Blackwater Rivers offers a covered picnic area and an observation boardwalk. Hikers may also be able to see ospreys nesting or bald eagles fishing.

5. Buzzards Rock Trail, Patapsco State Park, Catonsville
This 2.1 mile trail provides a challenge for kids who are ready for it. The sometimes-steep terrain pays off with a scenic view above railroad tracks.

6. Brown Trail, Jug Bay Natural Area, Upper Marlboro
Guided hikes along this trail showcase the wide variety of flora and fauna found there. Part of the trail leads to a scenic overlook of Jug Bay, where hikers can observe waterfowl.

7. Harness Creek Trail, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis
Check out the new Reading and Butterfly Garden before taking the paved trail down to Harness Creek, where boat rentals are available.

8. Trail to the beach, Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
Take the half-mile trail down from the Visitor's Center to the beach where families can look for sharks' teeth and fossils along the shoreline.

Find even more family hiking destinations and information here:

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