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Good level of challenging, some steep parts but such a well made path it was no problem. Ample parking (with video security), free (with donations recommended), great views and different path options. Overall great hike!

Great hike. Fairly easy, but White Rocks( north and south) has scenic views. I will agree some of the markings(blazes) were difficult to see. My wife and I did lose the trail at one point. However, given this property is part of a foundation, I am very thankful we have access to it. Worth the hike.

Definitely not easy. I would rate this trail as moderate due to the pretty steady incline up.

Great trail with a beautiful and spacious overlook- even on “busy” days. Besides the heat and humidity today, my son and I really enjoyed this trail!

mountain biking
11 days ago

It was a good time challenging uphills and fun down hills

hiking
11 days ago

Not necessarily "easy". Saw a couple of copperheads. Biggest complaint were the other hikers leaving behind their trash. Beautiful view.

hiking
13 days ago

Rocky in some spots, relatively easy trail. Heavily trafficked and narrow. Beautiful view. Remember trail etiquette. Don't lounge on the rocks at the view with your group.

The blue trail is beautiful and rugged. It is poorly marked in one spot. We took the wrong path and had to back track. We came across a Timber Rattlesnake on the trail.

Went on a rainy day. It was still fun although a bit slippery.

Nice, easy trail and shaded all the way. The trail is not marked and there is very little parking; only room for about 6 cars. Most of the trails seem like runoff channels and foliage is not overgrown on the trail. You have to cross a stream about 3 times. We were there about 4 days after a heavy rain and the water level was only op to our knees at the deepest point. This is a nice, light hike.

This is a great trail! There are a couple of creek crossings in the first half mile of the trail, so make sure to wear shoes you can get wet if the water is flowing from recent rains. The steep climb at the beginning is difficult, but not too bad if you hike frequently.

Once you get to the ridge, make sure you take a left before you go over the tiny stone bridge (it's more like a rectangular rock laid over two smaller rocks that is marked "AT"). If you cross this bridge and pass the Pogo Shelter, you're heading South toward Black Rock. You want to be heading north instead.

This section of the AT is fairly flat at first and then gets super rocky with larger boulders that make up the trial. On 7/29/18 there was a huge blowdown from the recent storms that prevented passage past mile 3.5 of this trail. You could potentially bushwack around it, but after already taking the AT South for two miles to check out Black Rock, we decided just to turn around at the blowdown.

Didn't see too many people early on a Sunday morning on the hike in, but saw more people on the hike out late-morning/noon. The parking lot is pretty small, so get there early!

Great trail and I’m sure wonderful view but I would not rate this as an easy hike. I count “easy” as something you could take a toddler on and or a pregnant woman could do. (We had both) We tried it out, but lots of rocks and fairly steep. Coming back after baby is born.

17 days ago

This is a nice 5 mile hike. Most of it is in the woods and it ends along a lake. All Trails labeled it easy. The sign at the park says difficult. I’d go with moderate. It’s rocky and there are some up hill stretches. The trail is very clearly marked. You can begin and end at a picnic area with bathroom facilities. There’s a sign at the park entrance that says “pets prohibited.”

There is free parking across the street which is amazing if you just want to check these cliffs out. The trail can be very muddy after a good rain, however, a lot of it is just rocks. Easy climb to the top and easy to get out to the furthest rock to see the view!

The beginning uphill was a little rough but the view is totally worth it!

hiking
26 days ago

The trail itself it’s not particularly difficult it’s got about two steep inclines. The only draw back is there is a section of the trail where there is a large collection of trash; i.e. beer bottles, rusted metal items. Aside from that, which could be a park maintenance problem, it’s a lovely hike!

The Blue Trail was an enjoyable but challenging walk in the woods. I found myself going up and down a lot. The trail markings were a bit confusing at first and it can be pretty easy to go off the trail if you're not careful. It wasn't too hot considering it was mid July when I did this. I had fun spotting all the different granite intrusions in the rocks. The summit at White Rocks was breathtaking.

Amazing hike

Beautiful hike with a great view at the top!

Park is beautiful but the lack of adequate blazes and trail markers sadly makes me rate this loop 2 stars.

the trails get poorly marked as you go further in. we completely missed a turn off for the blue trail and wasted a lot of time. it was disappointing not being able to do the full loop as originally planned. we might try another day

1 month ago

A great way to escape Maryland's liberal bullshit.

The climb up to the overlook hidden behind the graffiti covered bridge abutment was steep and overgrown in most spots but the view once at the top made it worth while. Be careful crossing the train tracks, they are active and heavily used.

This was a nice short trail with some decent inclines and switchbacks. The trailhead itself isn’t too well marked, though. From the parking lot, turn right and walk up the road a bit and you’ll see the white blazes of the Appalachian trail on the left. Great views at the top, comparable to some of the longer trails in the area!

This was a tougher trail for us. Though it was short, the incline and switchbacks made it a good workout. Today was also too hot.

1 month ago

When I arrived I saw a HUGE sign that said pets prohibited! Discouraging!!!! Yes

Creek is still pretty high and fast (over my boots), so might be a little intimidating for little ones. There are several creek crossings, all more than ankle deep. Imagine it would be more inviting after drier weather. Trail is not marked. Take a fairly sharp left after crossing the creek. There is an inviting trail that heads straight up hill, but it isn’t this Trail! In fact, there are trails all over the place,so use the All trails map to keep you on course. The trail itself, although a bit rocky, is beautiful, running next to the creek with fairly open woods and beautiful mountain laurels. I bet it’s spectacular when they are in bloom. Will definitely try this one again.

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!

Great hike with great views! Pick up map when you enter park. Orange trail is steep, but short (0.25 mile), climb to summit of Sugarloaf at 1,282 ft elevation. (Climb from parking lot is around 400 feet.) Many surrounding trails allow you to customize your hike and length. I did this trail as mapped out to Northern Peak and White Rocks. Most of the hike, except for the steep Orange Trail climb, is easy. Beautiful Mountain Laurel on the trail, nice scenery around, mostly shaded. Would definitely do this hike again!

Quick and easy hike with beautiful views. Went two Friday afternoons ago and the parking lot was almost empty.

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