The Best Canoeing in Maryland

Looking for the best canoeing in Maryland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Maryland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top canoeing spots in and near Maryland

  • Columbia, Maryland

    Hike the Lake Elkhorn Trail

    4.0
    1.99 mi / 22 ft gain
    To get started on the Lake Elkhorn Trail, park in the lot to access the trail (see map). This is an ideal trail to walk with kids, or to do by yourself! Dogs are welcome too. 
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  • Boyds, Maryland

    Hike the Black Hill Regional Park Loop

    5.0
    2.26 mi / 160 ft gain
     The Black Hill Regional Park has 1300 acres of oak forests that have views of the Little Seneca Lake. This lake offers a place for visitors to canoe and stand up paddle board. This trail is open to hiking and mountain biking. In addition, dogs are welcome to use the trail but must be on leash at...
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  • Crisfield, Maryland

    Kayak Camp at Janes Island State Park

    5.0
    Everyone goes to the Eastern Shore. Few people get to experience the Bay like this. The journey out to the Long Point backcountry site is a bit arduous, especially if you haven't studied the tide charts (guilty). The last mile or so requires a paddle through rough, open waters. Crab and cruising...
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  • Cambridge, Maryland

    Kayak the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

    5.0
    The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect place to get away for a day. It offers more than 28,000 acres of marsh, forrest, and croplands which are teeming with wildlife.  The refuge has a visitors center which is a good place to start the adventure and acquire knowledge of the area, th...
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  • Annapolis, Maryland

    Kayak into downtown Annapolis via Spa Creek

    There is no better way to travel into Annapolis then by under your own power on water.  Put in your kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board at the Truxton Park Boat Launch (run by the City Parks Department) and paddle into downtown Annapolis on Spa Creek.  Pass other boaters, beautiful waterfront ...
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  • Huntingtown, Maryland

    Paddle the Patuxent River through Maryland

    While there are many parks along its length, one of the best places to explore along the 115 mile long Patuxent River is by putting in at Kings Landing Park.  There is ample parking near the launch, and while vehicles are not allowed to park near the water, vehicles are encouraged to open the gat...
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  • Fishing Creek, Maryland

    Kayak to Barren Island

    3 mi
    Barren Island is an uninhabited island located in the Chesapeake Bay. It is part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex and is known to be a swan nesting ground, as well as an active restoration project led by Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, the FWS, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, an...
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  • Wye Mills, Maryland

    Kayak around Wye Island NRMA

    With over 2,400 acres of managed land, Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area is the perfect spot to explore via the water.  There is a public boat launch in Wye Landing near the island, put in your boat there and head south a little to connect with the island's coast.  To fully circle the i...
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