MARYLAND – When the weather gets colder it can be tempting to stay indoors all day. Shore excursions, neighborhood walks, and bike rides may not have the same appeal as watching a movie or reading a good book with the heat in there.
This winter, however, consider participating in some of the outdoor activities that take place in Maryland, from county-sponsored events to REI day trips.
With a good hat and gloves, going out this winter shouldn’t be uncomfortable. If you’re looking for more ways to get active in the outdoors this season, check out our suggestions below.
Day one hikes
What better way to start the New Year than a hike? The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has compiled a list of all organized hikes in the state that will take place on January 1, 2022. Some hikes are guided, while others will be done individually. See the full list here.
Anyone planning to spend a lot of time in Maryland State Parks may want to purchase the Parks Service Passport, which costs $ 75 for residents and is valid for one year.
REI may be best known for its equipment, but outdoor outfitters also run events and classes. If you’re looking to learn how to start a fire or meet other people who enjoy hiking, enrolling in an REI course may be for you. Here are a few just a short drive from Maryland. If you see one you like, act fast – they sell out often.
Outdoor events by county:
Anne Arundel County Parks
This parks department has a comprehensive directory of regional parks, community parks, closed parks and more. If you just want to go for a winter walk, check out the list of those options here.
Ice Skate at Quiet Waters Pond – The pond is generally open for two hour skating sessions every day except Tuesday. Certain exceptions apply for school holidays. See price and time information on the web page.
Check out Anne Arundel’s full guide to winter activities here.
Baltimore County Parks
For more information on ways to get out, click the link for your local park and see what they have to offer. Here is the list of parks and below is an example of one of the events you might find.
Creatures of the Night Hike – Cromwell Valley Park will host this event in January, designed for ages 8 and up. Sturdy shoes and clothing suitable for the weather are recommended.
Harford County Parks
This Parks Department offers a variety of events, from guided hiking to organized sports. Check their website for information on programs, park equipment and more.
Bird Watching, Campfire Series, Adopt a Park – these are just a few of the activities organized by the county. Check out the catalog for more outdoor events and to register.
Montgomery County Parks
Check out these events organized by the Parks Department – some are recurring while others are one-time events. These are always updated, so check the parks website for the latest news when looking for something to do this weekend.
Walk This Way – This interactive art installation is installed along the Kingsley Trail in Little Bennett Regional Park. It will last until December 2022.
Open Parkways – Enjoy the freedom of the road as a pedestrian when some roads are closed to cars. Check the winter schedule to see when you can go for a walk or bike ride.
Winter Tour, Pruning Tutorial, Wildlife Refuge Trip, Rachel Carson Hike – Check out these events and more in the Adult Programs section of the Parks website.
Prince George County Parks
Take a look at an event calendar with events for kids and adults. Those interested in walking and hiking may also want to check out trail information, which can be found here.
Watkins Youth Birding Club – Young aviary enthusiasts can meet outside the Watkins Nature Center for a few hours of learning how to use binoculars and identify birds. This program is led by a naturalist. This event is scheduled to meet monthly.