Rachel Carson Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Rachel Carson Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brookeville, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.7 miles 419 feet Loop

dog friendly

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A very scenic 2.3 mile trail near Flintridge, Maryland Rachel Carson Conservation Park is about 2.3 miles long and located near Flintridge, Maryland. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This hidden gem is densely populated by numerous species of wildlife, high quality forest and features spectacular rock and massive boulder out-cropping throughout the park. This area remains undeveloped for some of the best hiking trails around! The Hawlings River passes through the park and almost the entire hike is along this beautiful river. Rachel Carson offers 650 acres of undisturbed wooded parkland and trails surrounding the Hawlings River in upper Montgomery County. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Brookeville Length: 4-6 miles of natural surface trails Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Modified Loop Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate Season: Year-round Amenities: This is a "conservation park," which means there are no bathrooms and no water available.

18 days ago

What a wonderful area and so far the best blazed and posted trails I've hiked. Just about impossible to lose your way. Mostly easy to moderate in difficulty the park offers several trails/loops in it's compact 650 acres. Enough to keep you busy for a while if you like. Hawlings River was the most picturesque point of interest for me since I hiked the park in December. I'll make it a point to return in the Spring/Summer when the forest is in full bloom.

3 months ago

Start off in an open field. Head into the woods and down to a river creek. Dogs love swimming here. Good easy hike.

trail running
4 months ago

First time on this trail and I love it! Very quiet on a Saturday afternoon. Pretty decent trails for running, and with additional loops added in you can easily stretch the mileage out. Only looped the same trail twice and got a solid 5.25 miles in. With recent storms, some of the more narrow trails that run along the creek are a little overgrown and have a few branches here and there. But overall a very well maintained area and perfect for some peaceful hiking/running.

6 months ago

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10 months ago

Comfortable and relatively easy hike. The trailhead wasn't noted on here so I'll tell you it's at the corner of roads Sundown and Zion. Parking was free and in a high visibility area, which enhanced the safety of my vehicle. The trail itself is a distinct common area shared by people, dogs, and horses. If you want to walk just off the beaten path like I did, you can do so and still follow the light blue marks along the tree line for directions. I personally found two Geocahces, which was awesome, but there are a lot more to be found! The picture doesn't really do the water there justice. It was just a tiny creek that I was able to walk across with ease. Overall, I definitely enjoyed it and I'll be back!

2 years ago

I had been itching to get out for a while a didn't want to go to far from Brookeville. Great afternoon in the woods. Starting out in an open field is a small loop nature trail which after a short 1/4 mile maybe joins the Rachel Carson Trail. Before long I was deep in the woods with some impressive old growth forest, even found a Chestnut tree. Beautiful walk along Hawlings River made for a really pleasant walk. Saw no other hikers, mostly saw evidence of horse travel. The trail in this park does share some trail with Horse back.

3 years ago

We actually looped around the trails to get a 3.5 mile hike out of it. Nice quiet place and not to difficult to follow. Got to spot deer as well. For those of you who cache or letterbox, there are things for you to search as well as walk. (Including a tough cache...)

trail running
4 years ago

The park itself is somewhat small, being only 650 acres, but packs some fun within its borders. Rachel Carson Park has a few small bodies of water, including a pond with teeming with frogs and the Hawling River, which is small, but refreshingly cool in the summer as well as about 6 miles worth of trails that circle the entire park. Most of these trails are under the trees and once you get away from the borders, the area becomes quite peaceful with the sounds of the river and nature. The trails are in general very easy walks with brush overhanging the trails in parts, but staying on the paths is easy. The place is also very seldom used. The 4-5 times I've been there, I have run into no more than 3 people per trip, and none of them deeper than a half mile into the trails. Once you get to know the place, it'll feel like you'll have a little piece of nature to yourself every time you go out there.