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Is such a beautiful place, I recommend this if you like natural trails. This place is a dog friendly, horse friendly. The trails might be a little confusing , so I’ll recommend take a picture of the map or take your phone with you in case you get a little lost. Love this place.

1/6/19: This hike was a great break from being in D.C. There is a lot to see in a relatively close proximity. I hiked counterclockwise starting with Chimney Rock and saving Cunningham Falls for last. There’s a nice bench at the Thurmont Vista for lunch and the trails are very clearly marked. I took a few side excursions and and walked all the way around Wolf Rock and ended with 11.3 miles total. Parts of the trail was extremely crowded, while the stretch between Thurmont Vista and Blue Ridge Summit Vista was empty. There is one restroom at the Hog Rock parking area along with picnic tables. The only two draw backs are crossing the road to get to Cunningham Falls and front side of the trails follows along the road. The short .5 miles stroll to the Blue Blazes Moonshine Still has an outstanding story to go along with it.

A lot of fun running, walking a dog, mountain biking

Not 'hard' as rated... very easy in fact. First 2 miles is like a boardwalk, then there is one big hill towards turn around point into some nifty power lines. followed the white trail, it is a bit easy to get lost near the houses.

Great workout for people just starting to hike. The trail around the lake provides some beautiful views. Just be aware that the park closes at sunset. You will get locked in if you aren’t out in time. Fortunately, the rangers are really nice and helpful.

Trails are not clearly marked.

trail running
16 days ago

I started from the north end of the trail at Bull Run. The trail was still quite flooded from all the rains. I went the first couple miles and the silt and mud made the trail so slippery as to be not run-able. The area will need a couple weeks to dry out before it is enjoyable again.

Took two kids and a dog, had a great time. Muddy after rain, can’t wait for summer.

A little under 4 miles around the lake but with climbs so it’s a good running work out.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike for my kids (11, 10, 8) at least the first first few mails out of the Fountainhead trailhead, and for our Labrador. The trail is wide and well kept. It rolls up and down but the footing is flat and easy.

Good trail. Close to a neighborhood at some point but overall great trail. Almost no markings, need this app to follow the trails

Fun trail. Little muddy, but not terribly. Passed a couple groups of bikes, maybe eight bikes in total. Trail itself was maybe moderate difficult, at most, but definitely wouldn’t give it a difficult rating. Would hike it again for sure. Seems like a great tubing or swimming spot in the summer!

11-18, Nice hiking trail in Montgomery County. Unclear when to turn back around. Took us 1 hr 40 mins. Lots of birds & pretty water.

Beautiful walking trail in Montgomery County with tons of history! Today was pretty cold and muddy. The trail took us about 1 hr 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. We passed only one other person. The trail marking was not as bad as we expected based on previous reviews, but could be improved in a few areas.

Great trail! Muddy but not too bad

Excellent trail. Gorgeous views. Challenging, but by no means brutal.

somewhat muddy. decent trail system

nature trips
2 months ago

Stunning fall foliage and brookside hike. Only downside: inadequate signage, especially including indicators of which way takes you back to the parking lot.

Lovely variety but note that the entrance is closed and you have to use a different one. Also, the recorded trail in AllTrails is inaccurate. There are big signs saying, “Not a Trail.”

We walked counter-clockwise from the visitors center and saw the falls first, then hog rock, and then we turned south on the yellow trail before reaching thurmont. We had a 2 and 3 yr old with us and were taking our time. We recorded 5.7 mi on the yellow loop. It was a very nice hike with beautiful views and fall colors.

had a fun day with some brisk walking around 10+miles (we did a little extra walking here and there) in around five hours!

Nice quiet trail easily accessible from Rockville. For an alternate starting point, turn off Norbeck onto Avery Rd. There's a little parking lot labeled Lake Bernard Frank. The trail entry is at the end of the lot. You can stay straight on the path to the dam and circle the lake counter clockwise, or take the left turn off the path as you're going downhill and go clockwise (my preferred direction).

Did this trail as a day hike starting from Rt. 56 and going counterclockwise, saving Mar Har for last.

I consider myself in pretty good physical shape and hoo-boy, did I get my money’s worth. Those with knee issues descending should consider doing Mar Har first (going clockwise from Rt. 56). There a significant evaluation climb and limited descending. Going down was just brutal. My middle aged knees are feeling their oats. Also, this clocked in at 14.3 miles.

If you’re looking for sunny vista views along the AT, make sure you watch the weather and arrive when the weather is best. I did the vista in the morning when it was overcast and then the weather cleared. It was still terrific, but was looking for sunny views.

Overall, this trail is definitely worth the work. Start early and make sure you celebrate appropriately when you’re done.

Holy moly - what a hard trail - so fun though! Great hike into the shelter area, camp overnight, and hike back out the next morning. THERE IS NO DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE AT SHELTERS! There is a nice stream very close by though, lots of water available just make sure you bring tablets or a filter and you’ll be good to go :)

The hike in this trail was amazing. We started with a warm up through the Park Headquarter / Orange Trail, then climbed up to the Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock, the view from Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock is breathtaking.

Ok for a local park.

We only hiked a short distance- picked the trail up off Balmoral Greens in Clifton. It was a little soggy from all the rains but a great time. Only saw two other people. We loved the rocks crossing the stream. A nice, easy hike!

Overcast-ed skies and the breeze make a hike in the meadows prefect. - Although I bike too, I am glad no bikes are allowed in this all natural area. - You have a mixed environment of Woods, Meadows and a Stream. - Do to a lack of shade in many sections, I never come here in the summer. I love all the different butterflies along the meadow trails of green grass. I always park on the lot at Trotter Rd. but space is limited.

Gorgeous! but you get what you feel for. Very Rocky and steep up hill climbs. But the climb is worth it. Not a lot water after the water falls or Harper's Creek shelter. PACK LIGHT! carry water and a water filter.

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