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.

I did the Rt 28 to Ed Sears section in 2018 and the whole trail in 2015 or so. Saw no glass either time. Dog had no trouble in 2018. Plenty of parking at both ends--both lots hold more than one car. of the section I walked. A map will help find the section north of Ed Sears. This is a hunting area and is isolated. Be careful!

Lots of bluebells and swamp. Proper trail development would eliminate the swamp. Better trail development could, I think, eliminate two creek crossings. (The trail appears to cut across a horseshoe bend vs going around.

As of 2018, the trail is now blazed dark blue. The eastern half of the lollipop is hard to find because it connects to the rest of the trail at sharp angles at both start and finish of the loop. The lime kiln is a little tail off the end. If you see private-property and beware-of-dog signs, you've gone too far. The lime kiln, as far as I know, is the end. See my track for details.

Delightful display of bluebells and trout lilies beside a pretty stream in mid-April.

Wear rubber soled footwear and corduroy because lots of mud and briars. Please clarify to privacy status of the top loop.

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.

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)

hiking
Wednesday, September 26, 2012