Prettyboy Reservoir Hemlock Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Prettyboy Reservoir Hemlock Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Manchester, MD that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 314 feet Loop

dogs on leash



nature trips


horseback riding




wild flowers



The trail head is on Gunpowder Road .4 miles after you turn off of Hoffmanville Road and just before the bridge. Parking on the left, entrance on the right when facing the bridge.

4 months ago

Trail was heavily overgrown and nearly impassable.

6 months ago

1 year ago

A really nice trail on a warm August morning. Spent some time climbing and chilling. Went off trail a little and blazed along the ridge. I would give it 5 stars but it was really trashy. We packed out a grocery bag full of cans. We could have filled a large trash bag easily.

1 year ago

Gorgeous! Took the trail along the river with our dog and my 2 year-old. The little one managed plenty of time on foot, I easily carried her in a back carrier when she needed a break, and the dog had the time of her life. Lots of sceneic access spots to the water along the way.

2 years ago

Hiked this yesterday Took the white trail to the right first, it ended at somebody's property so you just turn around and come back. Lots of deer droppings. Walked back and took the white trail to the left. Make sure to watch for the markers. One minute, every fifth tree was marked and the next, none. Hiked down toward the river bank since it was still trail. Ground cover got pretty thick and decided to just go up. Took what ended up being a trail past a large section of rocks with a cave. Work your way up to the fire road if you get thrown off and you'll be fine.

3 years ago

Great trail. One that follows the river is some great single track, where at some points you need 3 points of contact to go thru. There are also easier trails that will take you to the same destination. We around here know the trail as paradise and it truly is one of the prettiest spots in this area.

4 years ago

The upper trail includes is a great uphill climb on a fire road and a downhill hike through what looks to be an old river bed. One of the side trails leads to a great swimming hole. It was challenging for our dog and our eight year old, but it is manageable.