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Great short hike. I went in January. Lots of ice. I was fine in hiking boots. My pup loved it.

A quick walk/hike with some nice viewings of nature scattered around. However, found it too short and mundane.

great hike. had a little difficulty finding the trail to begin with, but once we found it, all was great. took our dog too. great views from black rock overlook.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked it with my friend had a good time it is a great trail

My family loves this trail for a quick workout and great scenery and views. The trial has a moderate climb in the beginning and flattens out near the top. Wonderful sights of water, and forests with a spectacular view of the valley and of the river of rocks below the outlook.

Absolutely gorgeous! Landscape changes abound. A great hike when you’ve been stuck inside for way too long.

Not bad. Come prepared and wear pants and you should.be fine as the trail is over grown.

walking
4 months ago

It’s a cute trail. I did it in late fall of last year 2017 and there was still construction going on, hopefully it’s done by now. Finding the entrance was tricky..so was navigating around and it’s not a big place. It says it an up and back, I didn’t make it bc it started to snow heavily. It’s a good lunch break place to go and chill, and nice treat in the middle of Ashburn. It has some pretty views overlooking wide open spaces, and you can hear the highway at a few spots.

Enjoyed very much: especially view at top!

Love the view but hate tht its bein modified!! :(

Wonderful trail. We’re traveling to Baltimore and were looking for a trail to hike that would not take all day. We loved the stream. The outcropping of rocks at the top was worth w hike. We heard rumblings of thunder and got soaked in a thunderstorm! Thanks to trail locator for the hiking information.

we loved it very much. We went there on Saturday morning. we came across several people and 8 horses

A wonderful, secluded patch of greenery with scenic trails and a calm, glistening body of water. A good soft breeze flows here, accompanied with the aroma of pine. Would do again! :)

Went with husband, 14 yo son and dog. Fun trail for dogs and kids. Was muddy after rains, but didn't bother us. There are 2 creeks to cross by walking over rocks (fun!) and one small wooden bridge. We picked up the trail at the parking lot off Mt. Hope Rd. and walked north to see the dam that they are working on. It was about 1.2 miles each way. Trail was pretty easy to follow, though a bit overgrown in places, and there are some markings. It is also mostly shaded.

Beautiful hike. My dog loved it. He even met a horse for the first time. Perfect place to walk your dog on a hot day because of the shade from all of the trees as well as a cool stream.

Easy access and well marked. Great views with a rocky wet start.

Rocky, wet, and beautiful scenery-moss covered rocks, a stream and little waterfalls along the way. Perfect way to start a Saturday!

This spring has been wet so it is no surprise that the trail is a bit wet. There are sections of the trail where the trail becomes a small stream (separate from the stream crossings). However, since the terrain is rocky, there was always a way to get through those areas on rocks while not leaving the path area. But if you are hiking with small kids, now is not the time to take it if you want them to stay clean and have dry feet.

Several beautiful stream crossings to work your way through.

You are rewarded with a great mountain top view looking west over the valley containing Hagerstown.

The top is a small rock scramble to get to the view so small kids and dogs will need to be close at hand.

I was able to run down the trail which is exhilarating as you look for footholds among the rocky terrain. Though there were the numerous areas mentioned above where walking was required.

Part of the trail is closed for construction right now, just FYI!

I prefer this trail to reach both Black Rock and Annapolis Rock over the more popular way - from Route-40 parking lot for four reasons: a more direct route, walking along beautiful streams most of the way up, hearing no road noise from I-70, and less crowded.

My first time running this trail and it’s very nice running trail!. Will run again and again!

I did this trail as a shakedown hike with my new backpacking gear. Made a reservation for 1 of the 2 shelters (equipped with outhouse and fire pit) that are located close to the halfway point. Perfect setup for this, or even just for a quick overnight trip. The trail has some moderate ups and downs, nothing to serious. Well marked trail. I loved the shelters. The surrounding trees are gorgeous and a little stream meanders behind the site. Leaves were not yet on the trees, so stargazing was possible and the sky was dark enough to see more than in town. I will definitely be back!

walking
10 months ago

Well paved path good for biking and walking. Follows 66 so traffic noise can be loud. Not too heavily used. Often see deer and sometimes wild turkey.

Beautiful trail to walk with your dog. even though the dam is under renovation - still provides great scenery, and many nice rocks to sit and overview the marsh on - great for contemplation and journaling. The path gets narrow and muddy at places, so ensure to wear proper hiking foot wear. I've gone several times with my dog and have never found it crowded or busy.

Fun trail! Did this one on a cold January afternoon but it was nice. Park at the end of a residential road; seemed strange but you are in the right spot! Pass Black Rock by another mile and you can see Annapolis Rock

We went to Md for this hike with yankee selena zach and jesse and myself and zach and cade! we loved this hike!

This was a fun trail! It’s all uphill so the kids will sleep great that night.

Directions: the trailhead is at the end of a residential street. If you’re anything like me, you might be skeptical of whether you’re headed in the right direction. Not to worry, park at the end of it. The trail starts there at the parking lot. The open area with a bunch of trails going off in different directions is private property. When you get to the camp area, make a right on the AT. This will take you to Black Rock Cliff.

Speaking of private property, I’m assuming there are hunters nearby (depending on the time of year). Be advised. We saw many many clumps of deer fur and blood along the trail. Be safe.

Had the trail to myself on a cool November day. Nice trail, little Rocky in places with a section of really big trees that must have blown down recently.

hiking
Monday, November 13, 2017

Beautiful trail, wide and well maintained. Silent and peaceful most of the way as it’s away from main roads. You actually follow a trail named Mustang loop 1/2 mi from parking area and pick up Thompson creek loop which is the main trail on this map. There is a 1.1 mi trail called Wood Thrush loop that starts and ends at the bridge halfway through and is easy and very pretty. That puts you right back on Thompson creek trail. The whole thing is about 3.5 to 4 if you do it that way. All trails are well marked. Seems like a lot of horseback usage, although it was quiet and deserted on a Nov Sunday afternoon.

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