Explore the most popular forest 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.

Very, very nice trail

We took this trail today and it was ok. There are sections that have been clearly worn that go to the lake, the loop on the map goes into paths that are not there, overgrown so many briars. We should have just stayed on the well worn areas because trying to get a five year old and dog through the briars was awful. If we go back it's to the lake and out. We tried the recorder but had to turn it off as we started to run out of battery. There isn't a parking lot just a pull off of the road to park at a little ways down from where the map shows the trail head being.

Quiet on a weekday midday. Nice people, nice dogs, but only a few. Silence, no wind, no birds, no squirrels, but strong sunshine. Easy trail.

3 months ago

Love taking my dog here. Never gets as busy as other nearby parks can.

This was a 7-mile outing as a recovery activity, after a super-hilly 11.5 mi run the day before. I hiked at 4.3 mph (13:57 min/mi), on the North Central Railroad Trail, starting northward from the Monkton trailhead, turning around at Wiseburg Rd/Schoolhouse Rd, in GFSP. However, I took two pics, and recorded only 1.3 mi of this activity — the 25F weather led me to turn the GPS off and focus on the hike. This is an awesome trail and I will be returning.

6 months ago

Awesome set of trails through some beautiful nature. Lots of mountain bikers. Not too many people, even on a Saturday.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Fun and challenging with a few short areas where you have to walk your bike because it’s too steep

8 months ago

Nice easy trail with gorgeous views of the Loch Raven Reservoir. We backtracked a bit near the end to add some extra time. This will definitely become one of our go-to quick weekday hikes.

It's an easy hike/ but not well used and overgrown. My dogs got a lot of burrs that were hard to remove, however, if more people used the trail, I think it would be a quick hike to a beautiful spot!

This is a very scenic ride with some rarely noticeable elevation. The trail is in good shape, mostly dual track with some areas that narrow, making it hard to pass. The mileage is well marked and accurate, making it easy to create a loop of any length. The trail has light traffic during weekdays, but can get very heavy on the weekends.

Very nice gravel trail to bike. Trailhead can be accessed in a neighborhood but the main parking lot is at mile marker .03 which is no big deal. Best to start early in the day as it can be fairly packed late morning or afternoon.

10 months ago

0/10 No cave

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.

Love love this trail. Great for everything. Biking, walking or running. Family & pet friendly. It's a flat dirt trail. The Gunpowder River runs along side of it. Things to see at different areas along the way!

11 months ago

Easy and fun and super assessable!

11 months ago

Beautiful area!

Depending on the day, you can have a really relaxing walk or a nearly stressful jaunt with too many bikers, dogs, and kids.

Monday, April 03, 2017

My boyfriend and I spent an enjoyable Monday afternoon meandering along this trail. We easily found parking, but had it been a nicer day on a weekend, it may have been trickier. We caught some views of the waterfront as the foliage has not yet filled in for the spring season. It was an easy, dry walk, but recent rainfall would make this trail quite muddy. I would revisit this trail to do some running or even just to get out of the house for fresh air. This was a very relaxing way to spend my day.

The trail is extremely crowded which makes it difficult to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Great trail, didn't think it was moderate though, on the easier side. Very friendly people. Lots of families with small children down by the water.

Beautiful setting but the state of MD is letting this jewel go rusty. For biking the trail has deteriorated over the past few years. Very bumpy, and the latest insult is the fact that they dug it up for gas lines and did not restore the trail to a decent shape. I hope some maintenance can be done on the trail

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beautiful trail, great wildlife, and very friendly people.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

very nice

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Amazing trail!

I've run the beginning 6 miles out and back twice. Beautiful stream bottom with several ports potties and water coolers in the first 6 miles. Really nice in fall with colorful leaves.

A nice trail to bike. Can easily do half out and back in a few hours. Lots of places to stop.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I've hiked around the reservoir many times. I've done hikes as short as an hour and as Iong as 5 hours. My favorite starting spot is off dulaney valley just before the bridge over the reservoir. From here you can take the service road on the left which leads down to the reservoir after about a mile. From there you can hike another 5 miles or so, weaving your way along the water. You'll see fisherman, turtles, lots of vegetation and not very many people.

Friday, January 08, 2016

I had some trouble finding the trail path. I parked along the side of Dulaney Valley Road and then walked up a hill along a large path. This was on the left side of the road if you are heading north. I hiked along there for about 1.5 hours total, plus walked down to the reservoir. I do not know where the large path led but it didn't have views of the reservoir, I think it was a service road. I saw about 6 other people there. I will return again to do a longer hike and print out maps beforehand.

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