Walks and Events During Walktober 

Select a county below, or scroll down to see some different ways that you can participate in Walktober.


Allegany County

15-16

OCT

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Relay

  • Friday, Oct. 15-16, 2021
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Cumberland, MD

The GAP Relay presented by UPMC Health Plan is an unforgettable adventure relay race. Your team will start in Pittsburgh, PA on October 15 and start running the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage to Cumberland, MD - that’s where you’ll finish your adventure on October 16 and celebrate with a finishers’ party like no other.

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Anne Arundel County

1-31

OCT

Anne Arundel County Trails

  • Year-Round
  • Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County Trail is an extensive network of recreation and transportation trails that include the B&A Trail, BWI Trail, Broadneck Peninsula Trail, and WB&A Trail.

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31

OCT

Bay Bridge Run

  • October 31, 2021
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge Run offers the only opportunity to cross the bridge on foot. Open to both runners and walkers, the event takes place on the eastbound span, which is closed to vehicles. Participants start on the west end of the bridge in Anne Arundel County and cross the 4.5-mile long bridge before finishing in Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Queen Anne’s County on the eastern shore. Buses transport participants between outlying parking areas and the start and finish points.

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Baltimore City

6

OCT

Walk Maryland Day Celebration

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
  • 12 - 1 PM
  • 300 W. Preston Street

Walk Maryland is a celebration of our official state exercise--walking! It's also a call to action to promote awareness about regular walking all year round for physical activity and improved health, engaging Marylanders with fun walks of all sizes and shapes.

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Baltimore County

1-31

OCT

Walking Paths and Trails

  • Year-Round
  • Baltimore County

Baltimore County offers many options for walking and jogging on paths and trails—from parks to public school recreation center tracks, and even indoor spaces such as shopping malls.

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Calvert County

1-31

OCT

Hiking Trails

  • Year-Round
  • Calvert County

Each of the Natural Resources parks have hiking trails offering a diversity of hiking experiences.

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7-10

OCT

2021 PAXCON Field Adventures

  • October 7—10
  • Calvert County

Join the Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) in September and October for a series of field trips around the Patuxent watershed. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2022 when we gather for our next in-person conference!

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Caroline County

1-31

OCT

The American Discovery Trail

  • Year-Round
  • Caroline County

The American Discovery Trail is a new breed of national trail — part city, part small town, part forest, part mountains, part desert — all in one trail. Its 6,800+ miles of continuous, multi-use trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. It reaches across America, linking community to community in the first coast to coast, non-motorized trail. The ADT provides trail users the opportunity to journey into the heart of all that is uniquely American — its culture, heritage, landscape and spirit.

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Carroll County

1-31

OCT

Walk Carroll

  • Year-Round
  • Carroll County

COME WALK WITH US at free group walking events all around Carroll County. Dates and locations vary. Local walking clubs are forming now! Walks will usually be between 1.5 and 2 miles. All ages and ability levels.

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Cecil County

1-31

OCT

C&D Canal Recreational Trail

  • Year-Round
  • Cecil County

Bike, Hike or Run, Walk on the newly completed Ben Cardin C&D Canal Trail. The Trailhead to Maryland’s portion of this new waterfront trail sits at the foot of North Chesapeake City’s Lock Street, adjacent to the town Ferry Dock.

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Charles County

1-31

OCT

Charles County Park Trails

  • Year-Round
  • Charles County

Whether you walk, jog or hike, ride a horse or a bike...Charles County Parks has a trail for you!

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Eastern Shore

1-31

OCT

Chesapeake Ghost Walks

  • Year-Round
  • Easter Shore

Chesapeake Ghost Walks on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is the largest cluster of regional heritage walks in America. Twelve separate night-time walks through historic towns in an area stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Ocean City comprise this collection of haunted tours that reveal the stories behind one of the most haunted regions in the USA.

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Frederick County

1-31

OCT

Downtown Frederick Public Art Trail

  • Year-Round
  • Frederick County

Downtown Frederick is an amazing outdoor gallery of diverse and exquisite artwork. Let this walking tour be your guide. Ingenious in concept and masterful in execution, Frederick’s public art sheds light on the city’s history, as well as the personal dreams and ambitions of its citizens. Here, lifelike trompe l’oeil (French for “fool the eye”) murals reside on the sides of historic buildings waiting to be discovered. An enchanted iron bridge takes on a magical life with beautifully sculpted dragonflies, cattails, flowering vines, and other natural elements.

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Garrett County

1-31

OCT

Garrett Trails

  • Year-Round
  • Garrett County

Building and maintaining hiking and biking trails in Garrett County, MD, including the Eastern Continental Divide Loop, part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

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Harford County

1-31

OCT

Harford County Parks and Trails

  • Year-Round
  • Harford County

Enjoy the beautiful trails throughout Harford County in our lovely local and state parks, nature centers, and gorgeous gardens. Choose from eighty-nine county parks and three state parks. Explore wooded, waterfront or sensory trails while seeing and experiencing unique features. Outdoor adventure awaits.

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Howard County

1-31

OCT

Ellicott City History Tours

  • Year-Round
  • Howard County

Maryland History Tours offers a variety of story-telling presentations. Check the calendar for public tours or call to book a private event for your group.

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1-31

OCT

Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC)

  • Year-Round
  • Howard County

Join the Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) and local partners for a month of walk/move events called Walktober2021, a celebration of our State’s official exercise and a call to action to promote walking for improved health for residents of all ages and abilities.

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1-31

OCT

Savage Mill Ghost Tours

  • Multiple Dates
  • Howard County

Are you a paranormal thrill-seeker? Do you binge Ghost Hunters until 3 am? Discover the Mill’s haunted history where restless spirits continue to roam these halls to this very day. Learn about the working conditions during 19th century Savage Mill and how they tie to the ghostly encounters today and the cheeky little girl who loves tripping the living. An hour and a half long ghost tour led by Savage Mill’s Historian exploring the history and ghostly tales of Savage Mill.

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OCT

Wild Walks

  • Year-Round
  • Howard County

Join a small group, naturalist led walk of our Mt. Pleasant farmstead and see what you can discover! Topics vary on different dates and Wild Walks are fun for the whole family and can be adapted to engage all ages!

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Kent County

1-31

OCT

Walking Tour of Historic Chestertown

  • Year-Round
  • Chestertown, Kent County

Located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Chestertown has served as Kent County's seat of government since 1706. Over time, Chestertown has been a Royal Point of Entry, the scene of its own Revolutionary Tea Party in 1774, and the hub of a thriving agricultural and seafood area which shipped its products on the once-ubiquitous steamboats of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

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Montgomery County

1-31

OCT

Nocturnal Animals

  • October 1-31
  • Locust Grove Nature Center

Claws, jaws, scales and slime… Are you afraid of creatures that come out at nighttime? Critters like bats, owls, snakes, and insects may seem scary, but appearances can be deceiving! Nocturnal animals have cool adaptations that allow them to master the darkness. Join us as we celebrate these “superheroes” of the night through storytelling, science demonstrations, and live animal encounters.

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1-31

OCT

Montgomery Parks’ Open Roadways Initiative

  • October 1-31
  • Montgomery County

Montgomery Parks’ open streets initiative allows pedestrians and bicyclists to use parkways on weekends throughout the current COVID-19 crisis. The program includes portions of Little Falls Parkway, Beach Drive, and Sligo Creek Parkway

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1-31

OCT

Selfie Hike/Selfie Stands

  • October 1-31
  • Montgomery County

A wide-open meadow, a beautiful river, a fairytale worthy bridge…picture yourself there! These are just some of the scenic possibilities when you visit one of Montgomery Parks’ new Selfie Stands! It’s not a surprise that there are breath-taking spots in Montgomery Parks! With over 400 parks to visit, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery and interesting features to take in. It can be overwhelming trying to find some of the best spots, so we’ve tried to do some of that work for you by installing Selfie Stands throughout some of the most beautiful spots in the parks.

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1

OCT

Beginning Birding - Fall Migrants and Winter Residents

  • October 1
  • Montgomery County

The birds are getting ready! Prompted by instinct and powered by a summer diet of cicadas, they are primed to move! Many will make extraordinary flights to South America and beyond as they follow a trail laid down thousands of years ago and leading to forests brimming with insects and nectar. As we continue our Beginning Birding series, we’ll look for migrants using both our sight and hearing. We’ll learn how birds navigate, when they fly, and who elects to stay put, well provisioned to deal with the emptiness of winter! Registration closes the Wednesday before the hike and directions to the meeting spot in Wheaton Regional Park will be emailed to all registrants at that time.

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2

OCT

The Scoop on Poop

  • October 2
  • Maydale Nature Classroom

Ever wonder how to tell the difference between raccoon poop and fox poop? Come with us as we go on a scavenger hunt in search of scat, learning how to identify what animal it belongs to along the way! When we’re done, well make our own!

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2

OCT

Nature Hunt

  • October 2
  • Black Hill Visitor Center

Let’s take “I Spy” to the next level in the great outdoors. Drop by the visitor center to pick up a scavenger hunt sheet, get some helpful hints, and then head out on your hunt for natural treasures! When you’ve finished, come back to the visitor center to get a prize. You can come by anytime during program hours! Registration is required for all attending.

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4-22

OCT

Walk & Ride Challenge 2021

  • October 4–22
  • Montgomery County

The mission of this annual event is to encourage your employees in your Transportation Management District (TMD) to learn how easy it is to incorporate walking into your daily routine when you consider alternative commute modes other than driving alone and sitting in traffic.

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6

OCT

Active Aging Week Event

  • October 6
  • Brookside Gardens

Join us as we celebrate Active Aging Week on Walk Maryland Day! Take a stroll around the grounds of Brookside Gardens with the doctors from “Walk with a Doc” and participate in one or more demonstrations that are designed to help you stay fit in body, mind and spirit. FREE to attend.

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7

OCT

The Wildflowers of Fall – Identification Workshop

  • October 7
  • Montgomery County

In fall we confront some of the most confusing, confounding, and conspicuous wildflowers in our region. Welcome to the world of asters and goldenrods! In this hands-on workshop we’ll observe and identify the more common species, learn their importance to wildlife, and appreciate their beauty.

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7

OCT

Daytime Owl Prowl!

  • October 7
  • Maydale Nature Classroom

Join us for a daytime “owl prowl” as we learn about some of the owls in our area. Then we’ll come back tothe nature classroom to dissect owl pellets and learn about what owls eat!

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9

OCT

Meadow Hunt

  • October 9
  • Black Hill Visitor Center

Let’s take “I Spy” to the next level in the great outdoors. Drop by the visitor center to pick up a scavenger hunt sheet, get some helpful hints, and then head off to the meadow to hunt for natural treasures! Registration is required for all attending.

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9

OCT

Treasure Hunting in Wheaton Regional Park

  • October 9
  • Montgomery County

Geocaching is a fun way to get outside and explore. With the help of a Park Naturalist, participants will hike Wheaton Regional Park looking for and finding caches. All attendees must register and pay. Make sure to dress for the weather and for natural surface trail conditions.

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12

OCT

Beyond the Book: Leaf Man

  • October 12
  • Maydale Nature Classroom

Join us for a reading of the children’s classic Leaf Man. Then we will head out on a hike to explore fall in the forest and make a craft to take home.

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16

OCT

Ecosystems Investigators!

  • October 16
  • Maydale Nature Classroom

Join us as we observe, analyze, and interpret patterns between what plants, animals, and humans need to survive. We will hike and survey the forest of Maydale to determine the different types of food items animals eat in nature, build a model to demonstrate how animals and humans can change the environment, and discover the impact humans have on the local environment.

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16

OCT

Wild Child Hike

  • October 16
  • Montgomery County

This isn’t your average walk in the woods. Scamper like a squirrel, balance like a billy goat, and run like a rabbit through the park. We’ll be on and off the trail as we go on a hiking adventure.

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17

OCT

Hike Club

  • October 17
  • Black Hill Visitor Center

The first rule of Hike Club - have fun! Improve your fitness, make new friends, and experience trails and scenery we don’t often make time to immerse ourselves in. We welcome all ages, though young children must be able to walk at least 3 miles or be carried.

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17

OCT

Know Your Oaks!

  • October 17
  • Brookside Nature Center

In the Piedmont region, oak trees are a keystone species. Without them, numerous insects, birds, mammals,and plants would not thrive. Maryland contains at least 13 species of oaks, many of which can be found in Montgomery County. In this workshop we’ll learn to confidently identify 5 of the most common oak treesin our forests and learn their ecological value and the threats confronting them. We’ll also explore the historical importance of this huge group of trees (500 species worldwide) and understand why the White Oak proudly figures as our State Tree. This class is free to all active Master Naturalists.

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21

OCT

Web Walk!

  • October 21
  • Maydale Nature Classroom

Join us in search of spiders as we learn more about our eight-legged friends! We’ll also try our hand at making our own webs too!

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22

OCT

Friday Foray: Blockhouse Point Conservation Park

  • October 22
  • Montgomery County

As summer yields to fall, shorter days foreshadow oncoming winter. On our Friday Forays we’ll look for brilliant signs of a vanishing summer and ways animals and plants are preparing to let go or hang on during the cold months ahead. Our hikes are 2 – 3 miles long on natural surface trails.

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22

OCT

Hunter Full Moon Hike

  • October 22
  • Montgomery County

Breathe in the crisp night air as we search for our local wild predators, big and small. We’ll listen for owls and look for bats and learn how the full moon affects these and other nocturnal animals. Hike location: Wheaton Regional Park. Registration closes the Wednesday immediately prior to the hike and directions to the trail head are emailed to all registrants. Rain cancels.

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23

OCT

Haunted Hustle Fun Run/Walk

  • October 23
  • Black Hill Regional Park

Get sporty and spooky with Montgomery Parks this Halloween season and join us for the Halloween Hustle!

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24

OCT

Babes in a Backpack

  • October 24
  • Montgomery County

Let’s go outside and hike together to improve fitness, play in nature, and experience the great outdoors as a family. You will meet a naturalist at the meet-up spot and set out on a trail that will have nature play and fun learning prompts along the way.

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24

OCT

Spooky Skull Hike

  • October 24
  • Maydale Nature Classroom

Can you find the animal skulls hidden in the woods? On this self-guided hike, you’ll walk a short loop in search of skulls, and use clues to identify them. Stop by any time during program hours, and pick up a clue sheet at the front desk. Get a Halloween treat after identifying all the skulls (or for wearing a costume)!

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26

OCT

Beyond the Book: Oh No, Woolly Bear!

  • October 26
  • Maydale Nature Classroom

Join us for a reading of Oh No, Woolly Bear. Then we will head out on a hike to search for woolly bear caterpillars and make a craft to take home.

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27, 30

OCT

Shinrin-yoku: The Art of Forest Bathing

  • October 27, October 30
  • Brookside Gardens

Ana Ka’ahanui, certified Forest Therapy Guide Participants will be led on a forest bathing walk through the beautiful fall colors at Brookside Gardens. Experience the incomparable beauty of the bursting golds, oranges, and reds of the trees as you stroll through the grounds at a slow pace, stopping to smell the autumn scents, hear the birds, and ponder the many small miracles unfolding. We’ll close the walk by enjoying hot tea, maple candies and walnuts.

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28-29

OCT

Brookside Gardens Glory of Fall Tour

  • October 28 & 29
  • Brookside Gardens

Join us for a walking tour where you’ll discover a whole new garden brought on by the changing Autumn season. Explore the spectacular fall colors offered by the diversity of trees and plants throughout Brookside Gardens’ 50 acres. You’ll enjoy fall blooming perennials like asters, coneflowers, sedums, and grasses just to name a few.

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28, 30

OCT

What is that tree? Beauty of Fall

  • October 28 & 30
  • Montgomery County

Have you ever walked past a beautiful tree and wished you knew its name? Do you know why some trees have beautiful fall foliage and others stay green all winter long? Or maybe you've wondered how tree survive the winter and know to wake up in the spring! Explore the trails of our local parks and learn to identify our native trees through the seasons using leaves, fruit, bark and buds.

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30-31

OCT

Not So Scary Hike and Storytime

  • October 30 & 31
  • Black Hill Visitor Center

Join us for a spirited walk through the park to discover mysterious creatures and Halloween tales that are sure to make you smile, not scream! Be sure to wear your costume and bring a reusable bag to collect some treats.

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Prince George's County

2

OCT

Healthy Trails 5K Walk/Run

  • October 2
  • 8 AM
  • Virtual & In-person at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

Whether you’re racing to beat your fastest time or taking a stroll with friends or family, this event is for everyone! A portion of the proceeds will support the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Bosom Buddies program for breast cancer awareness within Prince George's County.

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1-31

OCT

Walk With Ease

  • Monday — Saturday in October
  • Various, Prince George's County (In-Person & Virtual)

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program is a walking program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.

Traditionally, this program is held in-person three times a week for six weeks during the spring, summer, and fall. To keep our community safe, we are excited to offer a combination of in-person and virtual Walk With Ease sessions.

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5-26

OCT

Power Walking

  • Every Tuesday
  • 8—9 AM
  • Fairland Regional Park

Walking is great for your physical and mental health. Learn how to establish a walking routine and connect with others who have similar fitness goals. Participants can walk at their own pace on a route determined by the instructor. FREE, Registration required.

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7-28

OCT

Power Walking

  • Every Thursday
  • 5-6 PM
  • Cosca Regional Park

Walking is great for your physical and mental health. Learn how to establish a walking routine and connect with others who have similar fitness goals. Participants can walk at their own pace on a route determined by the instructor. FREE, Registration required.

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Queen Anne's County

9

OCT

Terrapin and Hare 5k

  • October 9
  • 9 AM
  • Stevensville, MD

Rain-or-shine, folks love this Cross Country-style course. Queen Anne's County Trails, including your trail and course along the Terrapin Park Preserve, afford you these award-winning views and vistas, but keep your focus on your footwork, as you walk or run to help further the "Service Above Self" mission of Rotary of Kent Island.

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17

OCT

Conquest Preserve 5k Trail Run

  • October 17
  • 9 AM
  • Centreville, MD

Come experience our beautiful trail run at the Conquest Beach and Preserve in Centreville, MD on Sunday, October 17th. This run will show off the Queen Anne's County Park and Recreation's hidden gem by taking you on a journey around the property and through the trail system. Whether you are a competitive trail runner, or just a nature lover looking for some exercise, this course is sure to please. View water views and flat terrain, don't get too distracted as you make your way 3.1 miles around the property.

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31

OCT

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run/Walk

  • October 31
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Your only chance to run or walk across the majestic Chesapeake Bay Bridge which is typically closed to pedestrians. Now organized by Corrigan Sports, Maryland's premier race company, you can expect a fun, well managed event open to runners and walkers alike.

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Somerset County

1-31

OCT

Walk Somerset

  • Year-Round
  • Somerset County

Connect with Walk Somerset on their Facebook page or on their Facebook group to learn about getting outside with scheduled walks or find a new walk partner.  Learn about #Lifeat3MPH.

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1-31

OCT

Boxwood Gardens

  • Year-Round
  • Corner of Washington Street and Somerset Avenue

Early 19th Century, privately-owned garden, featuring native and exotoc plants in an ornamental parterre arrangement. Planting started by the wife of General George Handy, who served during the War of 1812. Open to the public during daylight hours only.

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1-31

OCT

Trail Mix

  • Year-Round
  • Somerset County

The Trail Mix network will take you throughout Somerset County - where else can you find trails that take you past a record setting magnolia tree, or a trip on a 300 year old ferry barge route.

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St. Mary's County

1-31

OCT

Walk SMC

  • Year-Round
  • St. Mary's County

St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s County Recreation & Parks teamed up to create a guide for walking in St. Mary’s County. Click the link below for more info.

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Talbot County

1

OCT

First Friday Art Walk

  • October 1
  • 5-8 PM
  • Downtown Easton

New exhibits tend to open at our wonderful downtown galleries on First Friday and gallery owners will serve lite bites and refreshments. Many other downtown retailers are open late and invite you to shop their fine selections and meet artists or special guests they are hosting in store. Make dinner reservations and spend the entire First Friday evening in beautiful downtown Easton.

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Washington County

9

OCT

Hagerstown Duathlon #2

  • October 9
  • 9:30 AM
  • Hagerstown

This “sprint” distance Duathlon, designed for all levels, will start and end at Halfway Park in Hagerstown, MD…..just 25 minutes from Frederick, MD and 90 minutes from Baltimore and DC. This is a great course for the beginner and for the experienced duathlete who wants to go fast! We will host the Hagerstown Youth Duathlon #2 and Hagerstown 5K Run #3 during this weekend. See those pages for details.

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9

OCT

Hagerstown Youth Duathlon #2

  • October 9
  • 8:30 AM
  • Hagerstown

This Youth distance Duathlon will start and end at Halfway Park in Hagerstown, MD — just 25 minutes from Frederick, MD and 90 minutes from Baltimore and DC. The entire Youth race is within the park and is overall an easy course. This is a great event for the kids 6 years to 13 years of age. We will host the Hagerstown Duathlon #2 and Hagerstown 5K Run #3 during this weekend. See those pages for details.

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9

OCT

Hagerstown 5K Run #3

  • October 9
  • 9 AM
  • Hagerstown

This 5K Run will start and end at Halfway Park in Hagerstown, MD — just 25 minutes from Frederick, MD and 90 minutes from Baltimore and DC. This is a great park for running. The road and path are good surfaces and the vehicular traffic is minimal. The elevation is mild with no major climbs. This race runs at the same time as the Hagerstown Duathlon #2 and Hagerstown Youth Duathlon #2. Come experience a running event that intermingles with multi-sport athletes! Enjoy spectating the multi-sport action after your event!

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Wicomico County

1-31

OCT

WalkWicomico

  • Year-Round
  • Wicomico County

WalkWicomico is a coalition of community partners committed to improving walkability in Wicomico County. The coalition meets to plan activities and strategies. Our initiatives include creating a website and phone app specific to walking in Wicomico County; communicating with walking enthusiasts via social media; working with towns, businesses, churches, and other groups…

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Worcester County

1-31

OCT

Just Walk Worcester

  • Year-Round
  • Worcester County

Just Walk Worcester is a program offered by the Worcester County (MD) Health Department to encourage residents and visitors to explore the tremendous opportunities to walk, stroll and hike across the county.

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