Trusted Since 1988

Use Current Location

The Tidy Life

2016 Hiking Trips Near Baltimore and Northern Virginia

Local Activities

July 26, 2016


5 min


The Baltimore and Northern Virginia areas are within a short drive to many great cultural, historical and natural destinations. They are also within driving distance for a one-day trip to some of the best hiking trails on the East Coast.

Hiking during the summer and fall months is not only great exercise, but also a fun and exciting way to experience the many wonders of nature that are much closer than we realize. Below are some of the best destinations for hiking trips in 2016 your whole family will enjoy in the Baltimore and Northern Virginia areas.

Hiking in Baltimore

Destinations for hiking near Baltimore

Hiking the nearby trails of Baltimore present a unique weekend opportunity to experience natural beauty while getting some great exercise. Three of the best areas for hiking Baltimore include Patapsco State Park, Oregon Ridge Park and North Point State Park.

Patapsco State Park

The hiking trails at Patapsco State Park consist of an extremely large area of woods, river, streams and open fields in Baltimore county. This park also includes historical remains of many of the mill towns and industry that were once all along the Patapsco River, making it a fun and educational hiking trip for the whole family. Within this wooded expanse, Buzzards Rock Trail and Grist Mill Trail are some of the local favorites for hiking.

Oregon Ridge Park

Oregon Ridge Park is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Baltimore County. While it may be best known for outdoor concerts during the summer, it also features over an acre of hiking trails within the park. These trails are open from sunrise to sunset and no admission is charged to hike through this splendid outdoor area.

North Point State Park

The hiking trips to North Point State Park are sometimes detoured by the wonderful beach that is nearby. But after enjoying the summer sand and breeze, you can also hike through the trails that zig-zag through over 1,000 acres at North Point. The park and wooded hiking trails are open from 8am ET to sunset, and there is $4 charge per vehicle during the weekends.

Hiking in Washington DC and Northern VA

Hiking DC and its nearby trails is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon as long as you know where to go. Three of the best areas for hiking trips in the Northern Virginia area include the Appalachian Trail, Black Hill Regional Park and Rock Creek Park.

Destinations for hiking near DC

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail extends over 2,000 miles from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. Along the way, there are many popular areas for hiking trips within driving distance from Northern Virginia. Some of those areas along the trail include Washington Monument State Park, Harpers Ferry and Shenandoah National Park.

Rock Creek Park

There are nearly 30 miles of trails traveling from Washington, DC to Montgomery County, Maryland within Rock Creek Park. Hiking trips typically begin at Beach Drive, Meadowside Nature Center, or Lake Needwood depending on where you are traveling from in Northern Virginia. This trail features landmarks like Pierce Mill and Old Stone House along with great wildlife and wooded areas.

Great Falls

Great Falls features an 800-acre park with 14 miles of trails for hiking near DC. The Great Falls trails are located along the Potomac River and offer a gorgeous view of the waterfalls along its path. This trail combines spectacular scenery with one of the most challenging hiking trails in Northern Virginia. If you are an experienced hiker, this may be the spot for you. Otherwise, check out some of the less rigorous trails first and work your way up to this one.

ezStorage offers several self-storage locations within the Northern Virginia and Baltimore areas. Stop by any of our industry-leading facilities near you to learn more about our best-in-class customer service and long list of storage unit options to fit your household or business storage needs. ezStorage also offers storage units to store your sports equipment including hiking gear during the offseason.

Start Storing Your Belongings Today!

ezStorage has storage facilities all throughout Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Northern Virginia. Find a location near you and reserve your unit from ezStorage today.

View Our Storage Locations

Looking for Tips on Storing Your Belongings?

Explore our solutions tips below to get tips and advice on how to properly store your belongings.

English Spanish

Ada Icon

What size home are you storing?

1 Bedroom Apartment

2 Bedroom Apartment

2-3 Bedroom House

4+ Bedroom House

Single Dorm Room

Studio Apartment

5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' Storage Unit (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' Storage Units (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' Storage Units (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' Storage Unit (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' Storage Unit (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' Storage Unit (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!