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Sugarloaf Mountain

7901 Comus Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842

Daily 8:00 AM- One Hour Prior to Sunset


hike, road-trip

A lovely hike for families in Maryland.

Sugarloaf mountain is owned by a private incorporation specially formed for the purpose of preserving the beauty of the mountain and surrounding area. Gordon and Louise Strong spent the years before their deaths gaining ownership of the many tracts that make up the property that visitors can enjoy today. Stronghold, Incorporated was formed in 1946 to ensure that the beauty of the mountain would continue to be available to all. 

The first stop visitors can make after driving up the mountain is at the East View. The overlook is a very short walk from the parking lot and is a great spot for families to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery below. 

Hop back in the car and continue to drive to reach the West View. This is the area to go if your kids want to pretend to be mini-mountain climbers. The area is full of boulders, big and small, that our kids love to scramble over as we make our way to the overlook. Visitors will have to climb a fairly steep set of stairs to reach the overlook on this side of the mountain, but it’s well worth it. The area also features many beautiful stone structures that have been put in by various superintendents over the years. 

We think that the best way to enjoy Sugarloaf is to just park and let the kids lead the way. The landscape is so varied and interesting that it is easy to spend a whole day there. Sugarloaf does offer bathrooms at the parking lots as well as some picnic areas. Because of the rocky terrain, strollers are not recommended.


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Katie Raspa
Our work in Baltimore is truly a family affair. Husband and wife, Matt and Katie, work together to head up our ambassador team in Charm City. Katie is a Maryland native and has lived in the state her whole life. She moved to Baltimore in 2007 after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She has been working in the field of early childhood education as a teacher and family coach for the past 12 years. Katie also holds a Masters of Education in Literacy from Loyola University. She is passionate about giving kids and families the knowledge and tools that they need to thrive. Matt grew up in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. As a city native, Matt is a great resource on all that the city has to offer. After months of helping Katie explore the city for her role at a Happy Active Family, he decided to put his love of writing to use and officially come on board as an ambassador. Matt and Katie have two girls, ages 5 and 7. They spend their weekends camping, hiking, or exploring other hidden gems in their area. Tap into their insider knowledge by downloading the app today!
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