Winter Outdoor Activities To Do In Maryland In 2022

MARYLAND — When the weather turns cold, it can be tempting to stay indoors all day. Bay trips, neighborhood walks, and biking may not have the same appeal as watching a movie or reading a good book with the heat inside.

This winter, however, consider participating in some of the outdoor activities happening in Maryland, from county-sponsored events to REI day trips.

With a good hat and gloves, going outside this winter doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. If you’re looking for more ways to get active outdoors this season, check out our suggestions below.

First day hikes
What could be better than a hike to start the new year? 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 Park Service Passport, which costs $75 for residents and is valid for one year.

REI
REI may be best known for its gear, but outdoor outfitters also host events and lessons. If you’re looking to learn how to start a fire or meet other people who love to hike, signing up for an REI course may be for you. Here are a few within driving distance of Maryland. If you see one you like, act fast – they often sell out.

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.

Skate at Quiet Waters Pond – The pond is usually open for two-hour skating sessions every day except Tuesdays. Some exceptions apply for school holidays. See price and hour information on the webpage.

Check out Anne Arundel’s complete guide to winter activities here.

Baltimore County Parks
For more information on ways to get out, click on your local park’s link and see what they 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 weather-appropriate clothing are recommended.

Harford County Parks
This parks department offers a variety of events, from guided hikes to organized sports. Check their website for information on programs, park facilities and more.

Bird Watching, Campfire Series, Adopt A Park – These are just a few of the activities offered by the county. Check the catalog for more outdoor events and to register.

Montgomery County Parks
Check out these events organized by the Department of Parks – some are recurring while others are one-time events. These are always being updated, so check the parks website for the latest information when looking for something to do this weekend.

Walk This Way – This interactive art installation is set up along the Kingsley Trail in Little Bennett Regional Park. It will be until December 2022.

Open Parkways – Enjoy the free reign of the road as a pedestrian when some roads are closed to cars. Check the winter timetable to see when you can go for a walk or bike ride.

Winter Tour, Tree Trimming Tutorial, Wildlife Refuge Trip, Rachel Carson Hike – Check out these events and more in the Adult Programs section of the parks website.

Prince George’s County Parks
Take a look at an events calendar with events for kids and adults. Those interested in walking and hiking may also want to see 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 bird identification. This program is led by a naturalist. This event should meet every month.