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Gravel road, quiet

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad trail by any means, but little in the way of views or destination goal. Crop field crossing doesn't do it for me, but the covered woods are nice single track. Saw a few mountain bikers, but all passing was safe and in control (just know that this is a very popular off-road riding destination).

I think a moderate rating is proper. I run and bike regularly and I still felt my quads the next day. Worth going back, perhaps next time on two wheels.

hiking
1 month ago

-narrow, single lane path
-mostly dirt, good for running
-follow white/lt blue hash marks on trees

Very nice easy trail. The train came by twice and tooted its whistle! Bikers campers and runners all passed us by as we strolled our way by the river.

Very pleasant surprise to find this well maintained, easy trail with river, woods and cows grazing within 10 minuets from Francis Scott Mall.

trail running
2 months ago

I love running this trail. It has a good bit of variety. Some good climbs and technical terrain. The views aren’t that great but if you are looking for a challenge this is a great one for 10k distance trail training.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent trail. Look out for bikers.

Yes it was rocky which wasn’t to big of a deal for me. The big deal was that the trail disappeared at the halfway mark. No “black” marks on trees and no used pathways to follow. I ended up following the yellow path back to my car.

2 months ago

Was nice and shaded but I would not consider this a trail for running is very rocky and more for hiking and make sure to wear good hiking shoes I wore running shoes ... thinking was a trail for running.... and wasn’t enough support for ankles

trail running
2 months ago

Well marked trail. Must be part Billie goat to interact with the rock covered trail.
Beautiful and challenging I enjoyed the run. Completed the full yellow trail.

Great ride, yet very hot!!!!!!

The climb up to the overlook hidden behind the graffiti covered bridge abutment was steep and overgrown in most spots but the view once at the top made it worth while. Be careful crossing the train tracks, they are active and heavily used.

There are two trails here at two different farms. One Farm is Worthington Farm and has a nice trail of about 3-4 miles depending on where you park. If you park right off the road and walk down the gravely path you add about 1.4 miles to a less than three mile hike in the woods.

The second trail is the Thomas Farm trail. It has a separate parking area/entrance from Worthington Farm; just a little down the road and it’s a much shorter and easier trail of a little less than 3 miles.

These two trails are part of the Monocacy National Battlefield.

Beautiful views. Serene trails. Historic farms.

The first 1.2 miles are uphill and moderate to hard steep. Only water source is .5 mile up the trail so bring 2 liters of water to be safe. When rock scrambling up to Cat Rock be very careful if there is any moisture. Rocks will be slick as ice.
Once heading leaving Cat Rock you'll climb another 200ft or so and then mostly flat. Once getting to Bob's Hill be VERY CAREFUL OF A RATTLE SNAKE ! Saw a 4ft rattler sun bathing on the overlook to the right. I've lived in there area my whole life and have never seen a rattle snake in the woods and I have spent a ton of time out here. Enjoy your hike !

hiking
3 months ago

I really like this hike. Nice variety of trails and mostly pretty flat - nothing too strenuous. It can be a bit muddy, especially at the beginning, but not enough to prevent me from doing it. No spectacular overlooks or anything, but some great views of farmland and streams.

Today I did the whole loop (over 10 miles) and saw more deer than people! Only saw two people the whole way and they were workers towards the beginning. I guess that's the advantage of doing it on a Friday :)

There isn’t anything to see on the Junction Trail of note and it borders a loud highway.

Not much in the Gambrill Trail. A couple of signs, but it is pretty. The area by the river was too muddy to get close to it.

If you have trouble navigating without maps and want to start by ditching them- this is a good trail. All the trails are very well marked( didn’t stop us from getting lost though- which was all me) Beautiful green and not busy !

so I've only been hiking since March 2018. I did Bob's hill only from the William houck parking lot.

It's about 1.8 miles straight up! being a beginner this was a tough trail. for 9 tenths of the mile you go up up up and when you get to almost a mile it levels out for a second then you climb for about 2 tenths of a mile more til your legs wanna fall off and it levels out for a bit. how ever your still on an incline. when you get to the last 2 tenths of a mile it's straight up again.

bring plenty if water and perhaps a protein bar.

When you reach Bob's hill you can go left or right to see the views which make this climb well worth the struggle.

two things...i did come across a snake on the south side. almost stepped on it! could of been a corn snake or copperhead. I didn't wanna find out.

secondly take care coming down if you don't continue to cat rock. with all the rain the trail is very slippery and I slid down the log timber "steps" at the beginning of the decent and got a nice bruise not only on my back but my ego as well.

someone advised me to take a walking stick. it helps if you come across a snake. I was the only one on this trail.

Great day hike, packing route. Plenty of campsites to stop along the way or call for the night. Great views of the Potomac, some fishing opportunities on both the Canal and the River. Great family hike. No noticeable slope, packed terrain. North of Seneca Landing gets bad after rainy weather. Going to try an overnight bike ride soon

Dry easy trail for hiking and reflecting. The tree canopy is enough to keep the sunshine radiant heat to a comfortable temperature. The trail is lightly maintained and traveled.

Easy to get to and safe for solo hiking trips.

Hiked this trail last week, before the rains. I found it moderately challenging due to distance and timeline. The scenery was okay to view. I totally agree with other readers comments that this is an excellent biking trail. It is on my go to list when needing a change of scenery from Sugarloaf Mountain Trails and Gambrill State Park Trails.

only did 8 miles to Bob's hill and back . nice hike with doggos

first time hiker. Bob's hill was tough but pretty proud that I did it. won't be my last trip

I did the Rt 28 to Ed Sears section in 2018 and the whole trail in 2015 or so. Saw no glass either time. Dog had no trouble in 2018. Plenty of parking at both ends--both lots hold more than one car. of the section I walked. A map will help find the section north of Ed Sears. This is a hunting area and is isolated. Be careful!

Lots of bluebells and swamp. Proper trail development would eliminate the swamp. Better trail development could, I think, eliminate two creek crossings. (The trail appears to cut across a horseshoe bend vs going around.

As of 2018, the trail is now blazed dark blue. The eastern half of the lollipop is hard to find because it connects to the rest of the trail at sharp angles at both start and finish of the loop. The lime kiln is a little tail off the end. If you see private-property and beware-of-dog signs, you've gone too far. The lime kiln, as far as I know, is the end. See my track for details.

Great hike. Nice views from Bob's Hill

trail in the battle ground is great. Except for a steep incline in the beginning part, it is really flat. Scenery is beautiful in april. However the map is not great. Do not attempt the second part of the loop (the section that goes parallel to i270 and goes underneath) That part has nothing to see and all you do is walk in a road. There is no pedestrian section so you share the road with cars for the most part. The dirt road with gravels makes a lot of dust any time a car passes by. The section that goes under i270 is not only bad but also dangerous. You are basically walking on the car road... This should have been listed as a 4 ish mile loop containing only the battleground part.

Delightful display of bluebells and trout lilies beside a pretty stream in mid-April.

Wear rubber soled footwear and corduroy because lots of mud and briars. Please clarify to privacy status of the top loop.

Was 100% worth my time. You’re going to be hiking up at a steep angle immediately, which I appreciate. It also gets moderately wet on the way up. Cat Rock is fun to climb and Bob’s Hill has two amazing views.

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