Walking Trails Southern MD

Explore the Wild Side of Historic St. Mary’s City

on our Walking/Hiking Trails



Volksmarchers elected the trail at Historic St. Mary’s City one of their Top 10 Walks in the USA for 2010.




There are over five miles of walking trails at Historic St. Mary’s City.  Approximately three miles of paved walkways take visitors between the HSMC Visitor Center, the museum’s living history exhibits, and through the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to the St. John’s Site Museum. During normal hours of operation, tickets are required for visitors to the living history areas.



Hikers can travel a rustic 3.2 mile path through 700 acres of natural areas without tickets.  This trail travels through woods and fields at water’s edge along Milburn Creek and the St. Mary’s River.  This hike offers numerous opportunities to discover the native flora and fauna of the tidewater region.  To help you get the most out of your walk, pick up a brochure at the trail head that includes a map and information about area wildlife, natural features, history, and some of the people who once lived in the area.


Both trails begin at the HSMC Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City then head south, away from the exhibits.


The natural trails at HSMC are maintained by a dedicated crew of volunteers.


Spyglass view of the river

We are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Dogs are allowed on leash.


Official Designations include: Southern Maryland Trails Site, Religious Freedom National Scenic By-way Site, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Site.


For more information about museum trails, exhibits, or volunteers, e-mail info@HSMCdigshistory.org or call 240-895-4990.