Northern Central Railroad Trail is a 19.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near White Hall, MD that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Beautiful rail trail! Highly recommend. Ashland entrance is in a residential area but there is a parking lot.
Also known as the North Central Railroad (NCR) trail, this trail is perfect for anyone, well maintained surface, relatively flat with amenities like benches, picnic tables and port-a-johns along the route. Frequented by joggers, dog walkers and bikers but normally not overly crowded even on nice weekends. Plenty of places to jump on-off trail allow you to customize your ride. Notable trial locals include the Sparks Bank Nature Center in Sparks, MD and the Monkton Railroad Station (Ranger Station) in Monkton - Both have Port-a-pots, water points, picnic tables and limited parking. Also available at Monkton are tubing rentals to float down the Big Gunpowder Falls. The trail is well shaded so even on a hot day, the temperatures are tolerable. If you are just getting into Trail riding, this would definitely be a great introduction.
My favorite is to hike the trail up then inflate some tubes and lazy river back down.
Great. Not enough bathrooms
A local trail so I've done it many times. Rode White Hall to Mason Dixon line loop yesterday. Its so different after the leaves have fallen. The river valleys become visible, best time of year. Weekday crowds are low. Don't pass up a late Fall ride.
Nice scenic ride! A little busy, but trail is wide enough you can pass people or they can pass you. joggers, walkers, bikers..Good for everyone!
Couple of us went on this trail today, up to White Hall which is about 10 miles from the starting point (off paper mill rd). The trail is flat and very scenic in all aspects. :) It is well traveled and a bit busy up front... then it thins out as you approach Sparks, MD. There are many entry points to the trail, so you will always have company. We saw everyone from the hardcore bikers to family with kids. It is a fun ride. You are pretty much following the river all the way up. A lot of road crossings, so be careful. We stopped at Monkton for ice cream on our way back. The trail is wide enough that you are not going to hold up anyone ... take your time riding and enjoy the beauty.
This trail connects with the York Country Heritage Rail Trail. If you like nature and being in the woods this trail is for you. It does stay away from the roads a some points.