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Hiking the Billy Goat Trail and the Annapolis Black Rock Cliff

Image is from Annapolis Rock

If you're looking for some good hikes in Maryland, check out the details on the Billy Goat Trail and the Annapolis Black Rock Cliff.

Billy Goat Trail:

This is a great trail to go on if you want a harder hike and a good workout on rocky terrain. In difficulty, it would fall under class two with perhaps one spot that comes closer to class three (for those who are more invested in hiking.) For anyone else, this means that you need to wear appropriate attire and shoes and be prepared for more than your average walk. If you are comfortable hiking and climbing, this trail will take you approximately 2 hours.

However, this applies only if you choose to take the trail in section A. If you want to have a nice walk and still enjoy nature and beautiful landscapes, you can walk on Section C (section B is currently closed). You don't need hiking attire for section C but make sure always to have a bottle of water!

Also, people usually don't wear masks during hikes, but it's always a good idea to carry one in case you want to use the restroom in the parking lot or if you come amongst a big crowd. Generally, if you want to avoid people, it's best to go hiking on a weekday.

In September, you may encounter Eastern box turtles and turkey vultures.

Annapolis Rock/Black Rock Cliff:

This is a longer hike on the Appalachian Trail to two rocks where you'll have amazing views of Maryland on a clear day. If you walk fast, it'll take you about 3 - 4 hours round trip back to the parking lot. On this hike, you may see black bears, venomous snakes, turkey vultures, and wildflowers. For this reason, it's recommended you wear appropriate attire even though it's not needed for completing the hike. A bottle of water is necessary; however, the trees keep the trail shaded so you'll not get too hot.

Keep in mind that this is one of the most popular hikes in Maryland, and it's extremely crowded on weekends. In fact, it's so crowded that the parking lot is full at 10 am!

I recommend you do this hike on a weekday in the fall when you can enjoy views of trees painted in shades of brown, yellow, and red. The rocks, which can be reached easily by people of all ages allow for a great picture opportunity and a place to rest and have a snack.

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