My daughter and I were going to hike the AT through Maryland. She goes to school there and really wanted to do a muli-day hike. We recently gave up on the idea b/c the logistics of the end to end travel are both costly and time consuming. We decided to keep it simple this time and just find a loop or out and back that we can knock out in two long days, maybe three, however I'm having difficulty finding any lengthy trails of the sort.

  • How does the AT in Maryland not meet your requirements for an out and back trail? Sep 19, 2019 at 14:10
  • I suppose I could pick a random location to hop on, walk 15 miles and turn around. I was just fishing for recommendations. I wanted to see if there were any well known hikes I might have missed.
    – mreff555
    Sep 19, 2019 at 14:55
  • There are any number of variations you can make, to turn a long trail into a series of day (or two) trips. One of my examples is here Sep 19, 2019 at 14:59
  • Does it have to be MD or would trails in PA or VA work?
    – StrongBad
    Sep 19, 2019 at 16:03
  • @StrongBad the OP's location is in their profile. That will probably answer your question. Sep 19, 2019 at 16:51

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What about Chesapeake Ohio Canal Trail near of Washington DC?

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    I was actually going to suggest the C&O from DC to Brunswick and then catch the commuter train back to the start.
    – StrongBad
    Sep 19, 2019 at 18:06

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