Black Hill Regional Park is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Boyds, MD that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Decent hike within reach and without much thought.
A good walking experience with connections to many roads.
All in all a good park. Went there yesterday and hiked the Black Hill Trail up and down and the Crystal Rock trail. All in all I hiked about 8 miles. Just wanted to note though that there is NOT an 11.6 mile loop trail like the headline for this park says! I went there wanting to do that and learned from a girl at the visitor center that such a trail didn't exist. I hiked all of the paved trails so I next need to explore the non-paved. As the paved trails largely go around multiple surrounding housing developments I'm thinking that those might be nicer hikes. Stay tuned for a review on those trails. Again as I previously stated, all in all, it is a very nice park though. I recommend visiting it.
Not too shabby. Very clean. Lots of shade. Mostly paved trail near the water. Dogs welcome on leash. It's decent. You're not roughing it here. It's just a pleasant walk.
I am lucky enough to live on the trail on the Waters Landing side so I know the area very well.
Choice of blacktop for very easy walking/cycling and natural trails for varied difficulty hiking/mountain biking/horse riding
Butterflies in the late summer
Great bird watching
Occasional sightings of bear
Plenty of wildlife... deer (night hunting in winter, so adhere to curfew), foxes, beavers, huge turtles, fish....
Trails are kept in great condition. Natural surface trails are not popular (!) so you will usually have the trail to yourself even on a weekend in great weather.
One of the prettiest trails - Hard Rock- is not listed. Turn up the hill beside the bridge crossing Little Seneca Creek on Black Hill Trail and then right at the top (there is a board). Where the path meets Lake Ridge rd turn right and follow the route that is marked Cabin John (Branch) on this app's map. It circuits the maintenance sheds and loops back. Rejoin Cabin John/ Hard Rock Trail via one of two connectors off to the left (marked with boards). Terrain difficulty is moderate. Mostly forest and some meadows (butterfly way station in August).
Black Hill - Easy blacktop with some boardwalk. Beware, boardwalks and bridges can get very slimy and slippery after rain and are slow to unfreeze in winter. Forest. Water, soda machine and toilets at Visitor Center / Boat Rentals. Very popular so traffic can get heavy.
Cabin Branch/Hamilton Trail combo - Easy natural surface circuit. Mostly forest. Great flower / butterfly meadow near the boat ramp. Short stretch on road to get back to Black Hill trails.
Hoyle's Mill trail. Out and back. Natural surface, easy hiking but somewhat rough and narrow for bikers. Young / conifer forest, meadows and fields. Longish stretch of busy road over bridge on Clarksburg road.
Cool Spring - hilly terrain through forest. Moderate to difficult. Caution required on steep gradients.
Lake View / Turkey Hill / Osprey Loops - hilly, grassy paths through woodlands and fields. Easy to moderate.
A nice after work ride. Not difficult at all. Not sure why it's rated moderate to difficult.
Has some aspects that push your cardio, but as far as technical aspects, it's not hard.
Has some rock gardens on the Hard Rock trail and a couple small creek crossings.
It's easy to link up to the Hoyles Mill trail system from the park to tie on some additional mileage and good single track.
It is beautiful in the park, especially in the fall.
Thursday group rides, good group of guys to ride with.
Black Hill has several trails most of them quite beautiful. The lake in the center of the park is a fucal point. Enjoyed it a lot. It is very close to the main Montgomery County suburbs and yet except for some houses in the background is large enough to feel nature.
You can also Mountain Bike there too!