Explore Maryland with Outdoor October Fun


The weather outside is perfect and it’s a great time to get in your last bit of outdoor fun before it starts to get too cold. Hiking and pumpkin picking are two of the best activities to do while enjoying the beautiful fall weather, and both are easy to do just outside of Baltimore, not too far from your home at The Fitzgerald.



Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is a popular fall hiking spot with nearly 250,000 visitors per year and is only a little over an hour away in Dickerson, MD. The mountain has deep historical roots and is known for being the home of the Strong Mansion, a historic venue that holds events, such as weddings. The mountain also has incredible wildlife including white tailed deer, flying squirrels, and songbirds.

Rocks State Park
Rocks State Park is less than an hour away in Jarrettsville and is known for its unique natural feature, the famous King and Queen’s Seat! The park has breath-taking scenery and different areas with many trails for you to hike.

Patapsco Valley State Park
Visit Maryland’s oldest state park and check out the trails at Patapsco Valley State Park! The park is only 25 minutes away from the Fitz and has four distinct areas, each filled with hiking trails and historical sites.


Pumpkin Patches

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
Weber’s is less than half an hour away in Parkville and has been a perfect pumpkin picking location since 1908! Stop by their Fall Harvest Weekend on October 17 and 18, a weekend full of fall fun with food trucks, live music, and more! Make sure to get your tickets online for their barnyard and enjoy a beautiful day outside at the pumpkin patch.

Gaver Farm
Gaver Farm in Mount Airy is about 45 minutes away and is a great place to get your pumpkins this fall! Hayrides are available to the pumpkin patch, which is open every day from 10am-6pm. The farm has also implemented numerous COVID policies to ensure your safety, including social distancing requirements.

Local Homestead Products
LHP on Farm Market has $5 pumpkins throughout fall and is less than an hour away from the Fitz! This year marks their fifth annual pumpkin patch, which is over ten acres and has more than 15 pumpkin varieties. There is also a corn maze and seasonal market.


Show Us Your Fall Face
If you explore any of the above destinations, be sure to share your photos with us, @LiveFitzgerald.