Looking for a great trail in Liberty Reservoir Cooperative Wildlife Management Area, Maryland? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Liberty Reservoir Cooperative Wildlife Management Area ranging from 2.3 to 7.3 miles and from 465 to 708 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Another pretty mid winter hike on the reservoir. Some horse traffic leaving large trail in Prince, particularly in the muddy areas. Overall a beautiful 5 mile loop-ish, with only a few others enjoying the trail. Lucy and Stella (four year-old goldendoodles) loved it!

fishing
1 month ago

pretty views of the reservoir.

Decent trails. Super muddy in the low spots due to the excessive rain recently. Lots of up and down but not too hard. Trails weren't marked the best but if you have the tracker on you'll be fine. I would imagine in the summer the trails are probably a little overgrown but this time of year (January) we didn't have to walk through brush or tall grass.

Definitely a good trail for interesting geography. Parts of the trail feel like high desert. I did this trail in early April there are parts that are out in the open no trees or cover . Very windy and cold which I imagine would be blistering hot in summer. There’s a couple streams to cross when it hits done scrub pine and a creepy house foundation on the back side to check out. There’s a historic cabin before you get to the park headquarters area that’s interesting and a good place for a breather. It’s an interesting hike worth doing again. There were several guys running the trail while I was on it.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked the northeast branch to the smaller peninsula . Very easy walk on a little used access road/trail to the water. Great view of this section of the lake on three sides. The trail is what you’d expect in a rainy winter with some muddy sections but that’s why you buy boots. Nice spot for a coffee brew and solitude reflection. Worth the effort!

hiking
1 month ago

As others noted, some very muddy spots in the first mile or so. Very nice otherwise, all the way out to the peninsula dead-end, where a beaver has recently been at work! Trail follows mostly old access roads, which increases visibility.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Okay trail overall. Not my favorite at Liberty (so far I like Coot Peninsula and Middle Run best), but I can see going back when I want more of a stroll in the woods since it’s mostly flat.

Pros: not many people on the trail (at least not on a Sunday in mid November).

Cons: muddy (I can see this getting really muddy in winter or rainy weather since it looks like the trees shade the trail year round), overgrown in many places (even in late fall all but the part of the trail that goes left/east still had thorns, grasses, etc on the trail), trees fallen on the trail (most bad parts had sections to go around them but are probably overgrown in warmer months), not much sight of the reservoir, the end points in the water’s edge aren’t very open so you don’t get great views of it.

Revisited.

Returned to the LR course I last ran on July 11th this year. What a revelation! It’s the exact same course I did in mid-summer with vastly different terrain in mid-fall. The run was slowed down due to blowdown, marshes and slip pits from rains the last 2 days, fallen leaves everywhere (more slips), hidden rocks, branches and other obstacles that you cannot see due to the fallen leaves (trip harzards), briars and pointy branches lining the trail that you now encounter due to midline marshes and slip pits, twigs everywhere — really, this was a much different run than in summer. Nonetheless, it is still a great 4-mile course! Managed to get in two out-n-backs for 8.4 miles total. Had two big slip-n-falls while trying to ante up on speed over unseen mud slicks. Walking around the deep marshes was also a challenge. Be prepared to get muddy when the trail is like this, from the shoes up. Still a great outing and I look forward to returning. My recording is posted.

Completed: 10 November 2018

hiking
3 months 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)

on Coot Peninsula Loop

4 months ago

great hike

Rocky trail, easy. Watch your footing - I sprained an ankle. well marked and maintained.

hiking
4 months ago

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!

This was a beautiful hike after a long period of rain the trail was quite muddy but well worth it!

Very nice,clean and clear paths some hills but then some levels

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful and fun!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great trail but a few trees down and had to get off bike to manuver. Wear bug spray!

5 months ago

Great views and mostly clearly marked. Found a few washed out areas I had to navigate around. Couple stream crossing. getting wet and muddy is unavoidable but that's half the fun. Mosquito's were really bad at one point. Small tip, when you reach the clearing with the power lines just go down the hill through the field to pickup the trail again. Don't try to go across into the other side and look for a trail only to fight your way through dense picker bushes. Had fun, I'd go again.

great trail, a bit rocky but me and the Roscoe had a ball !!!!

I traveled this Aug 4th, 2018. Bring bug spray, Mosquito's were moderately bad. Trail was outlined with an obviously cleared foot/bike path and the only confusing part was a fork for blue and red. The red had a big tree across it but seemed to be in the direction I wanted so I took that route, it ended up being correct. Lots of little side trails to go down to the water. Only a couple other hikers, mostly secluded, ends at a peninsula on the river. Decent hills at about 45 degrees but nothing crazy. By crazy I mean climbing with your hands to reach the top. Small gravel parking with plenty of room away from the road and the trail begins right there at a small path at the southern corner and is about 2 or 3 people wide. You have to go around a small cable locked entrance.

I had great time hiking this trail, but, lots of mud and bugs. I slipped twice on the trail. Also, great views of the lake and few stream crossing. I saw turtle hiking the trail. Part of the trail was washed away forming crack across the trail. I jumped across the crack.

Nice area, good for one hour hike, part of it can be muddy right after rain.

This trail was really fun because there were a lot of uphills and downhills. The trail is not marked and is not well maintained. Lots of fallen down trees but are easy to get over - majority of the trail was not cleared so we ran through a lot of overgrown grass/plants. I would recommend wearing long pants/capris and longsleeves just so you don’t get cut up or catch possible poison ivy! great run overall!

hiking
6 months ago

Some areas quite washed out by recent rainfall and the bugs were excessively swarming. However, it’s a simple hike for a nice day.

on Coot Peninsula Loop

6 months ago

Beautiful drive to the hike. Very serene by the lake. Lots of bugs—wear bug spray!

I really wanted to complete this longer circuit of the trail system, however there is a decent water crossing about .8 miles in from the trailhead I have yet to see anyone comment on. This leads me to believe that even less people have taken this actual route. It's easily 1.5ft deep at one point, this is not a light crossing. I had only seen one other user post a picture that made me question this as it is also not visible on the maps. While this may be easier in a drought or low water period, Maryland has been hammered regularly with heavy rains recently.

This trail, once it goes past regular trail markings, is not maintained at all. Be prepared for this if you opt for this route.

There are a handful of recently downed trees as well so be prepared for a little scramble.

I hope to attempt this trail again later.

trail out about a mile in due to the rains, blew out a culvert

This trail is definitely more on the "easy" side of moderate. Lightly traveled with interesting flora at parts, especially in Summer months. Trail does get muddy after periods of extended rain.

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