Want to kick-start 2022 off on the right foot? Get the whole family out and about for a nature adventure! We’ve rounded-up area first weekend hikes as well as some of our favorite local kid-friendly trails near Baltimore.

Family-Friendly First Weekend Hikes Near Baltimore

Bear Legacy Adventure Trail
Open Daily, Dawn to Dusk
Bear Legacy Trail

While there aren’t any formal hikes planned at Bear Legacy Trail, this is by far one of our favorite family-friendly trails in the area! The trail network consists of a 1.5-mile loop trail around the perimeter of the wooded property, as well as a network of spur trails that will lead to a Storybook Trail with painted rocks, natural sculptures, and other arts elements inspired by such classics as Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, an outdoor yoga space, an outdoor classroom, and a small loop trail (the Pump Track) designed for youth to ride balance bikes. So yes, bring your balance bike! MORE

First Day Hike at Lake Roland
January 1 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Lake Roland

Start the year off right by enjoying the great outdoors! Join Lake Roland for an all-ages, easy hike observing nature’s winter splendor. Space limited. Dress warmly for the weather and bring water with you. Registration is required. MORE

First Weekend Walk at Benjamin Banneker Park
January 2 | 1 PM -2:30 PM
Benjamin Banneker Park

Start the first weekend of 2022 off right! Join a Naturalist as you take a walk in the great outdoors. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Designed for adults and children 6+. FREE! Registration is required. MORE

First Weekend Walk at Cromwell Valley Park
January 2
Cromwell Valley Park

Say goodbye to 2021 and start 2022 off right by being outside! Join a Naturalist as you take a walk in the great outdoors. Wear sturdy shoes. $2 members /$4 non-members. Designed for ages 5 and older. Registration required. MORE

Marshy Point Nature Center Family Hike
Park Open January 1 for self-guided hikes, Nature Center closed
Guided Family Hike on January 2 at 1 PM 

Explore the fantastic trails at Marshy Point on January 1st or join Marshy Point Nature Center for a Guided Naturalist hike on January 2! On the Family Hike, you and the kids will learn about winter happenings around the marsh. Self-guided hikes are free and the guided family hike is $2/person. Register in advance for guided hike. MORE

Maryland State Park First Weekend Hikes
January 1 and 2 | Times Vary
Maryland State Parks

Maryland State Parks will be offering First Weekend hike opportunities across the state from December 31, 2021- January 2, 2022. Join them for a  ranger-led hike (these hikes will be led by a Park Ranger, have specific start times and many require pre-registration) or a self-guided hike. Here are a few in the Greater Baltimore area (but check their website for all of the hikes statewide; great excuse to explore a new park!)

Oregon Ridge Park
All Weekend | 8 AM – 5 PM
Oregon Ridge Park

The main nature center and buildings are closed on January 1 and 2nd, but the grounds are open. This is a great opportunity to explore the trails at Oregon Ridge Park (and maybe take a spin on the nature playground). MORE