Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Loch Raven Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Was a really nice well established trail meandering through the woods with a couple glimpses of the reservoir through the trees. The trail itself is mostly flat with a few rocks here and there. Multi use trail with hikers, runners and bikers. Was not a work out, but a great relaxing walking spot I will come back to again.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

great views, dog friendly, pretty decent hills, under cover most of the time

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Nice easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

very well shaded trail. Once we crossed the stream we didn't see anyone on our walk and could be with nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Took the shorter loop since it was getting dark, but pretty easy to follow, needed the map though since trees are not marked.

mountain biking
blowdown
3 months ago

nice fire road trail that becomes more rugged. start at Dulaney and Seminary, end up at the reservoir. some serious elevation changes. some gnarly trail, several downed trees. overall pretty manageable and good fun. quiet once you're over a mile in.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice work out. Mostly flat & some slow hills. Water, scenic in a spot you can stop & take pics.

4 months ago

Definitely not a hiking trail. Walking only

walking
5 months ago

loved this trail. I followed the advice of another review and took the offshoot half way through to go to the waters edge. It was perfect for swimming/fetch with my dog. I'm pretty out of shape - this trail definitely got me breathing hard at a few spots, but I never had to stop to catch my breath or take a break. I did have some trouble identifying where to start because it is not marked, it simply has a sign saying "fire road", but once on the trail it's pretty easy to follow.

walking
muddy
5 months ago

Wide, mostly smooth trail. slight incline, not much though. More of a walk than a "hike". A few muddy spots. Plan to do this trail again for a quick walk.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for the dogs. Plenty of water areas to stop and cool down. It was an easy hike.The only bad thing we noticed were bags of dog poop at the trails entrance on the fire road. Either let your dog just poop in the woods, use biodegradable bags or take them to the nearest trash can when you leave.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty decent trail. Not overgrown, and plenty of shade. Went on a Friday morning, not too crowded. Enjoyed views of the reservoir, saw lots of birds and turtles.

Great trail that accommodates walkers, runners and bikers. Some areas are nice and wide where you can easily pass each other. There are a few areas that can be a little narrow as these areas have a little more traffic than others. Dogs are allowed on trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful trail. Not a lot of bugs which was wonderful. Muddy but only because of rain from yesterday. Lots of dogs and runners. At the loop near the reservoir (about the halfway mark), there is a trail that is unmarked but leads straight to the waters edge- would highly recommend! It was a gorgeous view and we would have stayed longer if the ground was drier for us to sit on. Had to use the maps a few times due to a lot of trailheads but we never felt unsure. One of my favorites I’ve done!

Ran through the thunderstorm just now. Talk about invigorating and cleansing! Namaste

running
6 months ago

NCR trail running with extended distances, Garmin recorded. I ran the South NCR Trail, from Monkton Station to Church Ln. This was a true snail run! First long run of the spring (trail-road combo), very slow gradual pace, with hilly challenges between Ashland and Church Lane. Significantly warm and humid day for late April -- one of the hottest days of the year thus far -- temperature was about 78F. The segment between Ashland and Church Lane was rather intense in the heat! I stopped at mile 14-15 (restroom) but did not stop the Garmin timer. Pretty much walked the last several miles because I ran out of water; my hydration pack was empty by mile 12, a testimony of how hot it was. No photos taken along the way. All in all, a good long-distance outing on a rather hot and muggy day. It will get more intense from here. Completed: 30 April 2019

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail but not well marked. To get to the other side you have to go up and over the bridge. The trail to get up to the bridge is on the right just after you walk under the bridge. The fire road needs a little work and to be marked but it is a nice hike, you constantly hear the water which gives a nice sound to the surrounding scenery.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Lovely views of Gunpowder, trail is very well maintained, some minor inclines.

Great Hike!

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great spot! Parking is crowded but most people are walking on the road, not the mountain biking trail. Lots of places to explore. Great for a short ride - can’t wait to come back!

hiking
7 months ago

Incessant gun fire from what must be range nearby really detracts from the experience. Feel like Fallujah is over the hill

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice outing with our dog. Surprisingly we met very few other hikers.

running
Wed Oct 10 2018

First time trail running and it’s the perfect trail for it. If you’re going to run be careful on rainy days

Sun Oct 07 2018

Bread moderate hike! Well maintained and good for a group with varied experience.

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