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Best trails in Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area

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Looking for a great trail in Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area, Maryland? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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 3 easy trails in Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area ranging from 1.9 to 4.9 miles and from 567 to 708 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area (NEA) is comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren. The area has over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks and minerals. Rare grassland plant species are threatened by invasion of Virginia Pines. Currently, a five year effort of removing 1,000 acres of pines and prescribed burning are underway to return the area to natural serpentine habitat. Gnarled tree at Soldiers Delight There are seven miles of marked hiking trails. Equestrians and cyclists are prohibited due to the sensitive nature of the area. The visitor center has meeting rooms, a reference library and exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the area. The visitor center is located at 5100 Deer Park Road in Owings Mills, Maryland. Call in advance to get current visitor center hours and upcoming events. Soldiers Delight has two areas (at Ward Chapel Road and Deer Park Road) open for bow hunting from November 15, 2008 to January 31, 2009. A valid managed hunt permit is required. In addition, a Patapsco Valley/Soldiers Delight annual bow hunting parking permit is required. This permit is valid at Patapsco Valley State Park, Soldiers Delight NEA and Morgan Run NEA only. For further information, please refer to the hunting guide (see below).

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Map of trails in Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
Park information
Acreage:
1900 acres
Contact
(410) 461-5005
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Serpentine Trail
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Serpentine Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Owings Mills, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options aShow more
#2 - Choate Mine, Dolfield and Serpentine Trail Loop
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
Choate Mine, Dolfield and Serpentine Trail Loop is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Owings Mills, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilShow more
#3 - Red Run Stream Valley Trail
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Red Run Stream Valley Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Owings Mills, Maryland that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers aShow more
#4 - Ward Trail
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
This trail connects the Liberty Dam trail and the Oakland Rd trail. You can also just take a loop onto the road and go back to the trailhead at Wards Chapel Rd. Some nice scenery including an abandoneShow more
#5 - Choate Mine Trail
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
Choate Mine Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Owings Mills, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#6 - Choate Mine and Red Run Trail
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 52 m
Choate Mine and Red Run Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Owings Mills, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offeShow more