Welcome! You have found Maryland’s Trails Clearinghouse and Directory, a central place for collecting and sharing materials and information about Trails in Maryland.
Our trails vision for the state of Maryland is to “Connect all of our public lands – federal, state, county and municipal – to the places where people live work, shop and play.”
This Website has been created to link people to resources, facilitate coalitions and support collaborations to grow Maryland’s trail resources. Our goal is to provide a vehicle for trail enthusiasts to connect in positive ways to the land, the water and to each other.
The development of a statewide trails system contributes to Smart Growth, sustainable communities and an enhanced quality of life for all of Maryland’s citizens and visitors.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for maintaining over 1,000 miles of trails throughout the state. These trails are located in our parks, forests, wildlife management areas, and natural resource areas.
Trails come in many different varieties – on-road, off-road, hybrid bike trails, mountain bike trails, ORV trails, hiking trails, horse trails and water trails.
Trail users come in all shapes and sizes, and each has a place at the DNR table as we strive to provide recreational opportunities for all while protecting our fragile natural resources.
Our mission here at DNR is to design, build and maintain a sustainable trail system. In order to accomplish our mission we are creating partnerships between our land managers and volunteers who help keep our trails in good shape. We are always looking for new partners.
At the 2010 Trails Summit, Governor Martin O’Malley and DNR Secretary John Griffin promised the trails community that the state would create a new Trails Division and hire a Land Trails Coordinator. That promise has been fulfilled and we are working with our many partners to create a state-wide trail network that meets the recreational and transportation needs of the citizens of Maryland.
To obtain more information, ask a question, or share a concern, contact:
Land Trails Planner
Land Acquisition & Planning
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, E-4
Annapolis, MD 21401