Located in Frederick County, near Dickerson, Monocacy River Natural Resources Management Area is comprised of 1,800 acres of natural areas and farmlands along the Monocacy River. Recreational use is primarily hunting, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Paths are unmarked. Fishing access is available at parking areas at Park Mills Road and Route 28 road crossings of the Monocacy River.

Primary problem was hiking with our dog; loads of broken glass on the trail injured the dog's paw. The nice thing is that no one is on the trail. We saw one other hiker on a beautiful day. If you don't have a dog, you could have a nice stroll.

Wagon bridge was a pleasant surprise. A lot of overgrown vegetation. A few stream crossings.

Trail was swampy and overgrown. At top of loop, lots of "Private Property" and "Beware of Dog" signs, and we were chased out of completing it by two large dogs. Multiple creek crossings required going off-trail to locate passable points. A lovely, easy stroll, but the trail needs some work (and some policing of local pets!).

hiking
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Did this a few weeks ago, definitely under used and overgrown. Very peaceful! To get to the kiln, I believe we kept right every time the path forked. You will have to make a few creek crossings, but rocks are well placed. It was very overgrown and we didn't realize we had found the kiln until it was right there.

hiking
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

walking
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

A good vigorous walk from the parking lot on Rt-28, but I didn't know where I was going, so I had to limit my distance so I wouldn't get lost. There were no trail markers. I asked a question a few weeks ago for a trail map of the area, but no one has responded or maybe I don't know where to find the response. Years ago I found the kiln. I thought I was on the right trail this time, but was stopped by creek and saw no way to get across it.

Ken Baker
(I would appreciate a response, but if I get one, I probably won't be able to find it)