There is something about Fall that truly gets me excited. Crisp air, falling leaves and pumpkin spice everything. Living on the East Coast allows me to fully experience the story book magic of Autumn. Before moving to Maryland, I honestly didn’t know much about it or what there was to do there. I think the thing that has surprised me the most is how beautiful the state is. Fall being the best time to visit. Keep reading to find out the Best Fall Activities in Maryland.
Growing up in Texas led me to believe Fall meant 80 degree days instead of 100. Which don’t get me wrong, felt amazing. But now I get the hype. Grab your sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice lattes. Check out my Best Fall Activities in Maryland.
Let’s Get Spooky
It goes without being said, Halloween is one of the best parts of Fall. I don’t watch scary movies, but I do love a good scare in a Haunted House. A unique Halloween activity in Maryland are haunted forests. The forests in Maryland are absolutely gorgeous, but can be creepy at night. (The Blair Witch Project was actually filmed in woods in Maryland.) Picture running from chainsaws through the woods under a full moon. What is more Halloween than that? And don’t worry, after you make it through you can celebrate with s’mores around a bonfire.
One of my Best Fall Activities in Maryland is visiting Markoff’s Haunted Forest. Located in Poolesville, MD, Markoff’s offers two main haunted trails that are pretty terrifying, but so much fun. Poolesville is a small town, but if you stop in for dinner at a local restaurant you can get front of line passes for the trails.
About 45 minutes away from Markoff’s is another Haunted Forest called Field of Screams. Field of Screams has more attractions than the other, including a haunted hay ride, haunted trails and a zombie paintball hay ride that is actually super fun. Field of Screams is located in Laytonsville and definitely should not be missed.
If you want something less intense but still can give you some spine tingling vibes, head to Frederick for their walking Historic Downtown Ghost Tour. Known as Maryland’s most haunted city, learn about the town’s long history by candlelight with 7 haunted stops. With history dating back to 1765, you’re bound to get creeped out by Frederick’s neighborhood friendly ghosts.
Let’s Get Boozey
You wouldn’t know it, but in the Maryland and Virginia area there are some incredible wineries. Most of the wineries are in some really beautiful areas with old barns and big trees. If you time your visit right in October, you can see the leaves in their peak fall colors. Some of the wineries have food options or others allow you to bring a picnic, so be sure and check the websites before you go.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is a local favorite due to it’s convenient location to Sugarloaf Mountain. After you finish your hike you can pop down to the winery for a celebratory glass of wine. It’s a gorgeous drive to get there and has a very rustic feel once you’re there.
Rockland Farms is another winery to visit if you enjoy drinking wine in the presence of adorable baby farm animals. I mean truthfully I don’t care what the wine tastes like if there are baby pigs, but thankfully the wine is great.
If you’re not huge into wine, different option is to check out Waredaca Brewery in Gaithersburg. Waredaca makes some incredible craft beers and keep a seasonal rotation of 10 beers they’ve created. In the Fall you can try their “Grumpkin” Beer which is made from pumpkins and yams with fall spices. Count me in!
let’s pick Pumpkins on Pumpkins
Something Maryland has no shortage of is Pumpkins. And thankfully with that comes some awesome places to pick out your own from a pumpkin patch. Fall is also a great time for apple picking as well, so why not do both?
Butler’s Orchard is a local favorite during the Fall season. Butler’s is open most of the year and depending on the season the crops to pick your own do vary. In early Fall you can pick your own pumpkins, apples, raspberries and some beautiful flowers. A huge plus too is inside their farmer’s market, you can get a freshly made apple cider slush made from apples at their orchard. I highly recommend coming out here on a nice fall afternoon.
let’s Crunch Some Leaves
My favorite thing to do in Maryland in the fall is really simple. Being outside amongst the beautiful changing trees is the best. It’s simple, free and pure magic. Driving on some back country roads with some great music is a recipe for a perfect fall day. But if you’re looking for something different, check out these ideas.
Head to Frostburg, Maryland to ride the Western Maryland railroad! Riding this train will take you through the Allegheny Mountains and is a truly unique way to experience the fall foliage. This 1960’s train runs everyday in October except on Monday’s and will definitely be something you will always remember.
So this technically isn’t in Maryland, but it is a short drive away in Virignia, and needs to be mentioned. Maryland. Pack your car for a weekend getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountain’s Skyline Drive. I am not sure there is a more beautiful way to see the leaves in their fall palette glory than being above the trees themselves. Skyline Drive picks up in Front Royal, VA which is not far from Maryland at all. With plenty of mountain resorts, you can have a really special weekend road trip.
I hope that reading this has gotten you into the fall spirit and also inspires you to visit Maryland. Maryland has so much natural beauty to offer that it still surprises me all of the time.
Do you enjoy the change that Fall brings? Or do you prefer sticking to summer? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. Don’t miss last week’s post on where to hike and brunch in LA!