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3 Best Hiking Trails to Experience History and Nature in Annapolis, MD

Lisa Goetz

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Located on the Chesapeake Bay with scenic views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Annapolis tells the story of the nation's past and present. As the capital of Maryland, the small city provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. Whether you live in Annapolis or visit the historic area whenever you get a chance, consider hiking to get a sense of history and the role the city played in shaping the United States.

Baltimore-Annapolis Trail

Spanning 13.3 miles alongside the historic Annapolis and Baltimore Short Line, this trail winds through scenic parks, historic neighborhoods and wooded areas. Offering a break from busy Washington D.C., the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail provides a unique glimpse into the past. On this trail, you'll bike or hike past the Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, constructed in 1889, as well as the storied Winchester Station House at Manresa.

Greenbury Point Trail

Situated near the United States Naval Academy Golf Club, Greenbury Point Trail has approximately three miles of unpaved path for leisurely walks, runs and dog walking. For a change of pace, explore the trail's nature center to get a better look at the variety of trees, flowers and birds native to the area.

Historic Annapolis Ramble

If you're a biking enthusiast, consider the Historic Annapolis Ramble, a 7.9-mile loop that takes you through the most attractive residential neighborhoods Annapolis has to offer. Experienced riders and hikers may find these rolling hills a great way to keep fit. The center of the path provides a park-like area for hikers and bikers to relax after exercise. You can walk your pet on the trail as long as you use a leash.

Walking trails in Annapolis provide a completely outdoors experience. If you plan to stop for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat along the way, consider that some businesses may require you to wear a mask and social distance, in keeping with present public health COVID-19 guidelines.

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