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This is a follow up to my Poll: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=26464117

Maryland Trails resources pages, including links to two area hiking clubs:
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/statetrails/MDstate.html
http://www.capitalhikingclub.org/
http://www.wanderbirds.org/

I like and am familiar with the trails described below. I am desirous of finding others willing to walk, hike or bike as the buddy system is a must in my mind. Exit strategies for heavy downpours and/or thunder to be decided at start of each excursion.

If you have a favorite trail to recommend, please add your description to this thread.

Capital Crescent Trail, Maryland to DC
http://www.cctrail.org/CCT_Maps.htm
-- The portion I have been on is asphalt paved; busy with walkers, bikers, and skaters; parking lot in Bethesda fills up quickly, but is located near a great many watering holes. Urban environment.

Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center on the C&O Canal, Maryland
http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/upload/greatfallstrailmap.pdf
-- I have walked or biked from just north of the Tavern (near Lock 17) down to Anglers Inn, including a few inland horse trails. Non-paved, can be muddy, buggie (flies, mosquitos). My favorite hiking trail is the Billy Goat Trail, which is a bit strenuous done in its three-part entirety, includes views of rock climbers on the Virginia side. Visitors Center parking lot requires nominal entrance fee; I usually pay for a years worth.

C&O Canal, map in its entirety
http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/upload/chohparkmap.pdf
-- I have walked through Paw Paw Tunnel (near Lock 66), which is a wee bit of distance from my home location and is rather scary in the dark. I have also walked or biked a small portion at Whites Ferry (near Lock 26), near Leesburg, VA; local amenities sparse. Non-paved, can be muddy. Whites Ferry does not always operate.

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park Map, Maryland
http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/aacotrails_park/bandamap.cfm
-- I have walked or biked a small portion of this trail at Severna Park. Asphalt paved, many street crossings, close to local amenities.

Patapsco Valley State Park, Mayland
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/patapscovalley.html
-- I get lost the few times I've tried to find the desired parking lot for this park; great scenery on the trails; some less used and overgrown than others; unpaved, can be muddy.
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