Sweathouse Branch West Side Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kingsville, 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 and horses are also able to use this trail.
Trail with a refreshing swimming hole near the end! This loop follows the upland forests of the fall zone, crossing a few easy streams (pretty much non-existent in the winter) and visiting a pleasant waterfall, then meanders downstream along Big Gunpowder Falls as it leaves the piedmont. Watching Big Gunpowder Falls sliding through several narrow gorges, it is hard to believe that only 5 miles downstream the falls will spread to a delta-like, broad river more than a mile wide.
Fun trail, mostly clearly marked and well maintained, even in January.
Beautiful fall day. Well marked trail
Tried out yesterday afternoon and enjoyed this trail. The trail is blazed, but at times not very well. Without the map on here I would have easily gotten lost. One trail even changed blaze color part way through. We started on the woodland section of the trail first and we only saw 2 other people on that portion of the trail, so it was nice and quiet. The section along the river was more popular and we saw probably a dozen people in all. A few steep sections, but mostly flat trail or sloping hills.
Mid-June, Saturday about 9:30am to 12. Nicely maintained trail, clearly but rather sparsely blazoned. I walked it counterclockwise, so the first half was all uphill. Some challenging elevations, easy downhill, nice river walk to end it. Passed some polite parents with their kids, a bus full of fast walking seniors, a couple trail runners, one bird watcher.