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Loved it!

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.

11 days ago

We went to this trail last Sunday. Not overly strenuous or crowded on a warm autumn day. Muddy in sections which is to be expected after it rained the day before. It’s a nice walk in the woods with minimal elevation. It’s been overlooked by us for the more popular park trails in the past. Well marked past the visitor center from the parking lot (on the left hand side). If you have a national parks pass entrance to the pay lot is free! Took us about 1.5 hours

Lovely, easy walk

16 days ago

Nice Black Friday hike. A little chilly but not bad once you start moving. On the plus side some muddy spots firmed up with the frost. Well laid out trail to the peninsula. Moderate path through a varied forest. I’d like to hike it again in the spring.

So awesome! Can't believe it's only 30 min from DC. I went early as I usually do and there were not many people. I saw a guy out there in the raging waters kayaking and saw plenty of rock climbers but I was mostly alone save for a few early birders as well. The first half of this hike is very rocky, and can be made even rockier if you explore a little off trail to see the beautiful river cliff views. It's mostly flat as well, with no much uphill at all. The second half of the hike is where you get almost all of the elevation, it's more in the tree line and its seriously just straight up and down and turn around and do up and down again. Both parts of the hike were enjoyable and the views are spectacular. I did this hike because the Billy Goat trail is mostly closed save for one part, I'm happy I did it though and I will be back.

1 month ago

I did this hike on a perfect autumn day in early November. I did it as an out and back because I didn’t see the suggested loop trail to the left on the way back from the peninsula. Despite that, I loved the hike and now consider it amongst my favorite local ones!

Pros: gorgeous fall foliage, great views of the water for much of the hike, trail was easy to follow, mostly flat but some hills so still feels like a decent workout, few people on the trail (the few I passed were mostly close to the trailhead)

Cons: muddy in some sections (especially the first half mile or so, and I can see that being worse after heavy rains and in winter), several people had dogs off leashes (one of which jumped all over me), a hunter passed by me dragging a decapitated deer head in a trap (not something I want to see when I’m trying to relax in nature)

Beautiful trail, not too crowded. Lots of places to rest with a view off to the sides. Past Sandy Landing there are some cool little beaches to explore.

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. **

This hike was more of a nature walk. My husband carried our son in his carrier and there were no issues at all. One stream crossing but crossed easily. Path is very wide, was slightly muddy but expected after a day of rain. Took about 1.5 hours to complete the loop. Lots of spurs off the main trail if you wanted to do more. Went on a Sunday and passed about 10 other groups.

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.

Great falls and lot of rocks to climb. Nice views!!

One of the best places I’ve been for hiking. Beautiful views the entire hike. I would rate moderate trails. Some had fallen trees & rocky outcropping to pass but made it that much more enjoyable. Definitely recommend.

on Coot Peninsula Loop

1 month ago

great hike

Beautiful trails with dog friendly people

Good place, small parking lot, lot of history nice for small hiking

2 months ago

Fun walk around the lake, easy for beginners. I walked around the lake and it took me a little over an hour. Love it!

Short hike that has a little challenge close to the city. With all the heavy rains we’ve had recently the trail is a little washed out in some places right on the river, but still passable. There are many trees down across the trail also but again passable with little effort. Nice Saturday morning we only saw one other hiker.

Plenty of nature, well maintained

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

An enjoyable wooded trail with only minor elevation changes, well tracked with plenty of maneuvering room. It’s shared with mountain bikers and hikers. Nice views of the lake in the winter months.

Did not do trail because it cost $3 a person to get to the trail

Very beautiful musuem and trail . This trail is not well marked - it is located behind a horse farm on the underground railroad museum property. There is a small sign with a hiking man. I Took my daughter (8years old) and our dog. Not too difficult. Beautiful Creek and spring. Some spots are a little over grown- so be careful of postion ivy . Overall pleasant.

Was Coot-licious!

Lightly trafficked easy trail. (Went on a beautiful Saturday and only saw two other people). Took us two hours.

Water was pretty - not a lot of places for dogs to play in it.

Muddy in spots but not terrible.

Trails aren’t marked or intuitive but we’re still alive!

Very easy, paved trail. This used to be the Virginia Presidential golf course but is now owned and maintained by Shenadoah University. The paved golf cart trails are great for walking, biking, or strollers. There is one section of the trail that has been destroyed, but you can easily walk your bike over it. If you are walking and decide to walk up to the 5th hole on the golf course, you'll be treated to a beautiful view of the area. It is a VERY steep hike up, but it's paved. I have no idea how golf carts got up it when it was operating. There are 2 waterfalls on this hike, but you must go off trail to find them. One is just past the 2nd footbridge if you took the trail to the right when you started. After you pass the 2nd footbridge, head right, following the creek and into the woods and you will see the falls. The 2nd falls I have not found yet, but have seen pictures of, so will keep exploring.

Loved this place. River trail is moderate, not highly difficult. Great hike to make you sweat! Park seems pet and family friendly.

2 months ago

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

Great views of the potomac! The ruins of The Company House and the locks stirs your imagination how the canal was in those days. Awesome hike/walk!

3 months ago

My go to Trail when I need to get out!

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