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    Sarah Coursey completed Bacon Ridge Trail

    7 months ago

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Bacon Ridge Trail

    7 months ago

    Very fun trail with lots of hills for a great work out! Not as crowded as I expected on a beautiful Saturday in spring, especially on the back loop. I did the whole thing and it clocked me at 6.3 miles, not 5.5. Other reviews are accurate in that: 1) not all bikers call out, which isn't an issue as you can hear them coming, except for 2) the noise from 97 is deafening in a few sections. Really loved the old car graveyard too. This trail is a bit of a trip for me but I definitely plan to return!

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Pot Spring Road Fire Trail to Loch Raven Reservoir

    9 months ago

    Fun trail with lots of smaller trails you can connect to. There's also a creepy underground room, an old family cemetery, and part of the foundation for the Merryman house if you want to explore at little. Only downside to this trail is people frequently let their dogs off leash despite the signs.

    Sarah Coursey reviewed North Point State Park Trail

    9 months ago

    This is one of my favorite local trails, except in summer when the flies can get out of control. There are several smaller side trails to explore and you can also walk the road, a nice option when the trails are muddy or waterlogged. Really cool history surrounding the old amusement park here - I've only been able to go inside the visitor center once, but the old photos were amazing. The trolley station is my favorite part! It costs $3 or $4 Memorial-Labor Day if you live in state, and you can't bring dogs down to the beach during the summer. Honor payment system in the off-season but they do check passes.

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Sweathouse Branch West Side Trail

    9 months ago

    I really enjoyed this trail today. I did the uphill first and finished along the Gunpowder. Sections were definitely muddy, even away from the river, making some uphills a little slippery. I also found some of the river crossings a little confusing, they could be better marked in that direction. It was moderately crowded on a lovely Saturday, moreso on the Gunpowder section of the trail. Every dog we passed was properly leashed, which was very nice.

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Edgemere Haul Road Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I wasn't able to do the whole road because I had my bulldog with me. We paid $3 to park at North Point State Park, walked to the beginning of this trail, explored the cemetery, and went about a mile further before we turned around. Stretches have no tree cover so it gets really hot. It was a nice alternative to the trails in North Point but I will probably wait for cooler temps before I do it again.

    Sarah Coursey completed Edgemere Haul Road Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Double Rock Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I love this little park but the trails can be confusing. Luckily it's so small, it's hard to get lost. I like to take a trail down from the lower parking lot, make my way to the stream, and follow that up to the highest lot, then follow the road down back to my car.

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Oregon Ridge Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Great hike that's easy to customize. There are a few sections of the yellow trail that I would call moderate, but overall it's easy and well-marked. Nice pond at almost the halfway point where you can stop for a break. I love finishing with the orange trail as I head back to the parking lot. Although I was sad to see that the old log bridge finally broke, the new one is probably a lot safer.

    Sarah Coursey completed Double Rock Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Coursey completed Oregon Ridge Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Loch Raven Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This was the first "real" trail I hiked back in 1999 and it kicked my butt, but it also made me fall in love with hiking. I come back often and would categorize it as easy. On weekends when the road is closed, most foot traffic is on the road, not the trails, but parking can be tricky.

    On the part of the trail closest to the bridge, there is a side trail that adds distance and some small hills. It loops back into this trail near the road. It's pretty easy to spot the trail but it's not marked.

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Cromwell Valley Park and Loch Raven

    over 1 year ago

    This is one of my favorite trails. I love doing it on evenings during the week when it's less crowded. I usually park at Sherwood House and take the Minebank trail along the stream before hooking into this loop. It's a bit more scenic and adds some hills and distance. You can also add in the sycamore loop and read a poem about one of the trees, and from there take an old driveway down to the reservoir.

    I suggest checking to see if there are any special events before you visit. They can make parking a nightmare and the trails get congested.

    Sarah Coursey completed Morgan Mill Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Coursey reviewed Grist Mill Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Pretty crowded on a Saturday afternoon, especially near the swinging bridge, but overall a lovely, fairly easy hike.

    Sarah Coursey completed Grist Mill Trail [CLOSED]

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Coursey saved Logging Road Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Coursey saved Morgan Mill Trail

    over 1 year ago