Looking for a great trail in Prettyboy Reservoir Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking 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. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Prettyboy Reservoir Park ranging from 0.7 to 6.1 miles and from 544 to 866 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
7 days ago

If you stick to the path detailed by AllTrails, you don’t run into any overgrown areas with lots of poison ivy and thorns. I would suggest taking the path to the North first and then finish up by the stream. We saw horses on the first part of the trail and on the second part we saw people at the stream. Some were jumping from rocks into the river. All-in-all it was a pretty nice hike!

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over grown
9 days ago

The AllTrails route is barely hikeable, it's so overgrown. I deviated a lot, and had to use sticks to clear away the many spiderwebs and to hold back vines and thorns so I wouldn't get tangled in them. I was very fortunate that I didn't upset anything and a very tall grass, I saw a molted snakeskin on the trail, so they must be in the area. Definitely need good sturdy pants to hike this, and long sleeves, since there are so many thorns and vines.

hiking
14 days ago

We went with five boys between 5-13... they had a blast! The cemetery added a great historical element and they loved getting to walk through sections of the stream. Along the river, the trail is so beautiful...it’s like walking through a calendar. There are some steep spots, and through the rocks it can be hard to tell exactly where the trail is, but the app makes it easy to follow. Definitely going back! This will surely be one of our new favorite trails!

While the trail was not marked, the majority of the path was easy to follow, although parts were overgrown. There is currently a massive tree down blocking the path about 2/3 of the way through. You’ll need be creative while trying to go around!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, but the portion we did never broke into any good views.

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

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over grown
1 month ago

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Nice easy hiking trail that is good if you like to jog in spots. Agree with below review on taking 1st right which goes through pine forest area. Good trail in boots or tennis shoes.

Overgrown with nothing exciting to see. Not worth doing.

Good trail for workout. Need boots and pants since wet in spots and some areas with tall grass. Recommend doing after a day or so of no rain. Says "Easy" but more like between "Easy" and "Moderate"

Nice hike, lovely wildflowers, good views of the stream. Not another person on this trail this afternoon. Great ferns and moss.

Using the google maps gps location the trail head is located on your right about 30 yards before the River Valley Ranch sign if you are coming from the north. The trail was very hilly and rocky. There were a lot of gnats and flies but with bug spray it was manageable. The trail loops around but it does go out on the road for a bit. I found myself checking the app often as the trail was not marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked about 1/2 of the 20.5 miles. So much of trail is along the water which is beautiful scenery. Hadn't rained in a few days so trail only had a few wet areas. Need pants and boots for sure. Great trail. Plan on hiking the 2nd 1/2 soon.

This particular map sends you down fire roads that are indeed very easy, but the part next to the reservoir is overgrown, unmaintained, and not marked. We had to break trail and bushwhack in a few spots near the little coffee in the reservoir. The uphill hike to get back to the fire road is just open forest no trail is really left there. As the spring growth gets heavier, this may become unpassable. Try other maps for an easier loop!

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bugs
over grown
scramble
3 months ago

difficult but fun and pretty

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

I had been curious about this trail for several years and thought I’d LOVE it, but unfortunately it wasn’t all I hoped it would be. The beginning section is beautiful, with the trail being obvious and wide enough and flat... and it was still pretty and enjoyable for the first section of the actual gorge part, which was rocky and had a lot of up and down but was manageable... but then it just became crazy, not knowing what direction to go because of no obvious trail and steep cliffs that basically have to be bushwhacked. That being said, my friend and I were determined and kept going to complete the loop, and we ended up having fun. We looked at it as quite an adventure! Pros: beautiful for much of it (not so much the fire road going back to the trailhead), not crowded (we started around 11:00am and saw a lot more people parked when we got back around 2:00pm, but on the trail we only saw 2 people fishing), wildflowers, wildlife, shaded Cons: a bit too complicated if you’re not up for scrambling and making your own path, overgrown in several spots (I would probably only do this between late fall to early spring), more uphill sections than I expected (though by no means super intense), have to cross streams at 2 points that were rather deep It wasn’t very muddy, but I can see how it might be after rain and snow. I hiked this mid May 2019.

hiking
3 months ago

So lush right now!! It’s a bit overgrown because of all the rain but it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’d recommend pants and hiking boots for this one! Also, it’s a great spot for a picnic!

Hiked a few days after good rain and glad I had hiking boots on. Nice walk with some good hills. Not marked well so bring a map.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little hike with fog. Very easy, nice view of water at end.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice fun peaceful wide trail with some good hills and smaller trails to veer off on

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rocky
4 months ago

Loved it. Ended up starting at the wrong point (started hard right) and walked 5 miles instead. Hills are challenging; especially the part on the road. But I’m not in the best of shape yet.

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