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a little muddy after rains... can be hard to get around. otherwise very nice!

hiking
1 month ago

Happy Halloween. - It's 70 degrees outside and the Fall Colors are popping at Centennial Lake. - With the weather being so nice the park was super crowded with Hiker, Walker, Runners and tons of Dogs. With the puppies, we added a few of the earthen dirt trail but basically the entire park has blacktop paved trails. This was the first time we brought our two Beagles here. - They Loved It. - Being a senior, I get into ALL Federal and State Parks free. - A.A. County Parks is a different story. They charge seniors 5 dollars and others 6. ** Howard County Parks are FREE. **

walking
1 month ago

I enjoyed the beauty of the trail! it’s truly peaceful once you get away from the highway. my dog absolutely enjoyed the smells and “rock climbing”. highly recommend for someone who wants a slightly challenging, scenic hike.

Great to walk with the family. Paved, plenty of shade, and lots of good water views. Also a nice playground to stop along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the trail along the reservoir and had gorgeous views of the bridge, moderate hike, quit muddy at times.

Definitely got lost. Hiked for 3 hours through really pretty forest and along some beautiful creeks. Not a bad morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail for people who like a good workout with subtle challenge

walking
3 months ago

Nice cement trail around a beautiful lake. Lots of activities for all ages...definitely gonna be frequenter at the park.

Had a great time, only complaint is there wasn’t any signs to help out which way to go, in fact we walked the same route twice.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm surprised there aren't more reviews of this. It's a beautiful trail that follows the reservoir and has plenty of spurs to the water for a gorgeous view.

Sam's Grave is the more lightly-trafficked of the two. I'd rate it a moderate, not easy. There are some grassy bits, but for the most part it sticks to the forest, so you have a good chance of seeing wildlife. When it dips toward the water, you get panoramic views of the lake. It's one of the best local trails I've hiked.

Glen Ellen is easier and moderately trafficked. It seems to be popular for runners and bikers in the evenings.One thing to note is that part of it goes right past people's backyards, so it isn't as scenic. I ended up getting back on Sam's Grave instead of completing the loop.

One last thing: The trail-head can be a little hard to find, if you don't know where you're looking. If you park on the side of Seminary Ave with everyone else, you have to cross at the light to get to the path. I definitely wandered around a little!

Enjoyable, moderately challenging walk. Trail is overgrown in some soots and there are a lot of unofficialMTB trails that are offshoots of this making the trail hard to follow in many spots.

great trail but a little muddy after rain.

road biking
4 months ago

With rain all yesterday evening I stayed off the muddy trails. Today, I did a little biking around the park roads. Once a month I go up and check on the Bloede Dam removal project. Today, they we jack-hammering the concrete to remove the fish ladders. The dam is scheduled to be removed this September. The Grist Mill trail is CLOSED and will be for the rest of this year. You can now walk on the Swinging Bridge and look at the river but it's CLOSED on the Baltimore County side. The DNR has now created a wooden door on the opposite side of the bridge.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, short hike can be made longer by taking the trail (fire road) til it dead-ends @ Coot's Peninsula. Summer time gave OK (Coot's Peninsula is more rewarding) views of the reservoir and lots of birds to see. For those with a knack for geology: This is the site of an Iron/Copper mine from around the time of the American Revolution.
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Park at the trail head just across the bridge on 26. All in all would do again.

hiking
7 months ago

It was alright

One of the most enjoyable features of the Glen Artney area of the Patapsco is the many ways you can hike the trails here. You simply decide where you wish to park then work your loop from there. No need to just hike a boring out and back trail. There are so many connectors that you have the ability to hike a long track or cut it short. I am a local senior hiker and here weekly. Within this one area you can hike one mile or seven and loop back from where you started by simply using the Grist Mill trail if needed. If you want a custom map of the Avalon, Orange Grove, Glen Artney, Hilltop and Hilton areas contact Ken: baltoken@yahoo.com

The Rockburn ( PURPLE ) loop is in my opinion the easiest section of the Avalon area. Once you have hiked up the Water Bars ( Ridge connector ) you will see the Rockburn sign. The entire loop is a well used and marked. Many bikers are always on this section but the trail is plenty wide. Its fairly level with small ups and downs. This loop would be idea for anyone just getting into hiking or mountain biking. There is no water crossings unless you hike part or all of the Hop The Snake trail ( Blue ). Part of my recording includes the New Ridge extension. It's not yet finished but much of it has been cut out already. What's not cut out has flags you can follow. I saw bikers on it today.

This was a good loop with good variety in trail type. A couple water crossings were a bit more challenging than anticipated. But there were a lot of smaller trails that went off in different directions and weren’t on the map so sometimes staying on the trail we wanted was challenging. Be sure to watch out for bicycles, a couple came up on us fast with minimal warning.

Rockburn trail got pretty muddy towards where it meets Belmont Woods Rd. There were also a lot of cut down trees and tire tracks as if there was work being done in that area. I ended up splitting off onto the Nacho trail - which zig zags through the Forrest and will definitely make you feel like you’re crossing over your own path for a bit. You get lots of different views from mountainous, to rivers, fields and large empty spaces on this trail. Even came across a beautiful mansion with some farmland and what looked like other houses on the property. Definitely a great hike if you have a few hours to kill!

I originally was going to head directly up Water Bars ( Ridge Sign Posted ) to the Three Sisters ( Morning Choice ) trail then rap around to one of the connectors then return back on the Valley View trail. You can extend this loop by simply hiking to the second (Green) connector. A bunch of people were digging and working on the NEW trail, which will be a extension of the Ridge trail which will work it's way over to the Playground. I am soon going to hike the Flagged trail to scope things out. My recent recording of that section is the right hook part of the track. Some of the trail section is completed but not open to pubic yet. I did shoot a few pictures that shows part of the NEW trails. It was Very Windy up top today.

9 months ago

A beautiful paved trail that is a great option when the others are muddy or snowy. Had a great time.

Nice easy trail. Like the open and shade it offers. Can get busy in the spring with bikes.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike for the kid, and great views.

trail running
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Pretty. Often Rocky. Easy to follow. Easy to get to. Free.

Did I mention pretty?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Beautiful lake, very kind friendly

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nice after work hike.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October = moderate trail...not easy by any means.

walking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

My first trail on my journey and didn't regret it at all. Lot's of people doing varied activities and a friendly atmosphere.

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Nice after work hike. And, nice views of the lake.

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