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Beautiful trails with dog friendly people

Summit is beautiful. Few summit locations if it is Not a hard hike, and very quick hike to summit.

trail running
7 days ago

I’ve gone numerous times with my GSD to this trail. It’s a medium difficulty trail, and probably the one I recommend the most. There are several places where my dog stops and hops in the lake for a quick cooldown. You can see some wildlife (my sister had a deer just walk up to her). Plenty of dogs and people, with clear markers telling you which mile you are at along the trail. Beautiful views of the lake along the way. One of our favorites!

Nice trail fits all purpose and all ages. Fatanstic view and many suprises if you like to explore.

hiking
8 days 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!

mountain biking
8 days ago

I chose mountain biking because the trail has paved portions, but also unpaved along the main trail. The park's history is true, but as far as I know no one has been killed here. I've ridden this trail for a little over 8 years and have never had a problem with not feeling safe sure to people. On the weekend you'll see lots of hikers and bikers after 8am. I ride early to avoid people and usually see many deer.

The most danger I've ever seen was the occasional loose dog, but that's anywhere and I carry mace for such events. Also, the trail is a lot longer than 4.1 miles. You can take this trail all the way downtown close to the harbor. From the top trail head to Carroll Park is about 7 miles, and if you go back it's 14 miles. The only waterfalls are in Carroll Golf Course, but it's a manmade fall for excess storm water lol, and another true waterfall near the Windsor Mill trail head (this one is a shallow fall and it's about 30' below the trail.level so it's easy to miss).

This is my main trail. No problems and I recommend it. I'll also add that there are abandoned parts if the trail that are really interesting to check out (unused pavilions and parking lots and old trails that snake through the forest). You'll need to come through quite a few times to explore all of the trail branches.

Trail is mostly moderate with a few hills that will give you a workout on the way back. Bring water as the only water source is at the golf course.

Summits were beautiful!

Loved the side trails. Beautiful! Went on a weekday and there were few people.

I run here all the time. Great trail that’s mostly flat and wide enough for multiple people. Perfect family trail and the marina has a carousel and mini golf in the summer.

The entire Grist Mill Trail is still CLOSED but you can hike the River Rd. side, which is the Howard County side of the river. - After breakfast the wife and I once again checked on the progress of the dam project. - Sept. 11, they blasted a section out of the dam. - Now they are jack hammer the concrete. - Today, It looked like they are drilling holes again for another blast. - Each time they blast, the River Rd. trail (up to the dam) will be CLOSED for the day.

walking
15 days ago

not spectacular but pleasant and easy

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

We went on a rainy Sunday and there were only a few people around. The river trail was the rockiest, and the other trails were mostly gravel. Not too much incline either, so they were pretty easy to hike.

$10 entrance fee but you can walk right up to the overlooks from the parking lot. It was a bit too crowded for my liking but beautiful views. The trail was pretty easy. Really cool experience if you have never been here before!

We had a ranger do a guided tour on this - very knowledgeable and well worth the stops - there is a self guided tour pamphlet at big meadow lodge - free stop and get it. 2nd highest peak in Shenandoah

trail running
1 month ago

This is my regular running trail. Great scenery and occasional deer!

trail running
1 month ago

It's cute they think there is 150' of elevation gain in that loop. It's not even 50'.

walking
1 month ago

It would have been a great trail if it did not go through the townhomes. It was a great walk though.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice little loop with some attached single track and the Cross County Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

My go to Trail when I need to get out!

Great views maintain trails marked areas a lot of historical points

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail. Moderate traffic during the week, but heavy traffic during the weekend. Definitely bring bug spray

trail running
1 month ago

-Overview-
I liked the diversity and length of the trail. I ran the trail in a little under 30 min. The terrain made the journey extremely fun (much better than a paved trail). I really enjoyed the sounds of the wildlife while running alongside the lake too! The weather was a little muggy and hot but the shade provided some relief from the sun. This will be a great run in the Fall.

-Parking-
You can park in Seneca State Park. The fee is $3 for MDers and $5 for out of staters. It is difficult to find parking elsewhere but doable if you wanna be cheap like me ;)

Great place

walking
1 month ago

Considering where this trail is located, The Noland trail features a variety of scenery and a lot more elevation change than you’d expect in southeast Virginia. The bridges are what make this trail - there are over a dozen of them including the spectacular Lion’s Gate Bridge.
I primarily use this trail for training - it is a good length and with a couple of route variations, you can hike as much or as little as you need to as you prepare for your next big hikes.
It can be fairly crowded. Try to go between 10 and 2 for the least amount of people. Between 4 and 7 you can expect a very crowded trail - a testament to how nice it is.

loved the serenity at 7 AM and the views from the river trail. explored all trails a little. by 9AM it gets very busy and yet it's still peaceful. The 10 dollar entrance fee is a bit high but i am glad i visited.

Linkin Park is no place you want to walk. I used to live near there but there's bodies are all the time. stay away from Linkin Park. I live there or should I say around her in the early seventies and it was bad then and now it's even gotten worse.

walking
1 month ago

Fun!

Great trail with my dog

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