Black Locust Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews
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Black Locust Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Frederick, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
675 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Nice wooded trail, scenic overlooks, fantastic Mountain Laurel Black Locust Trail warmly invites the hiker as the trail opens to the northwest with a gentle rise and an abundance of magnificent Mountain Laurel. However, this initial impression belies some of the rougher terrain that awaits the less sure footed explorer. While the northward trek towards Bootjack Spring was an easy to moderate jaunt for both myself and my 8 year old son, both the gain and the sometimes very rocky path made this portion of the hike less than pleasant for my 5 year old daughter. She was clearly testing the limits of her agility. Fortunately, beginning at North Frederick Overlook the remainder of the hike is more leisurely with an overall descent back south towards the trailhead. The trail is highly characterized by scenic overlooks, Tulip Poplars, Oaks, Locusts, and the ever present Mountain Laurel, which being in full blossom added greatly to the scenic appeal. An overall recommend trail with careful consideration for the younger hikers.

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1 month ago

3.1 miles total for the Black Locust Trail. Few spots are tough to run due to incline, but overall a moderate run.

1 month ago

fun hike, and great scenery! some of the rocky parts are a bit tricky due to the rocks being small and loose, but over all alot of fun!

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2 months ago

This is a kid friendly hike with enough diversity to hold everyone's attention. There are some steep climbs interspersed with some flat areas. Also there are two very nice overlooks.

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decent

3 months ago

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7 months ago

Hiked this trail with kids - 12 & 7 with a 2 year old on my back. It was great hike. A word of caution though - cross the street when you are in the parking lot and get on the trail there. The trailhead from the parking lot leads to a long, uphill climb and is SOO much easier going the other way. I was thankful for the AllTrails app because it clued me into this and we went the easier way!

7 months ago

Enjoyed the view!

7 months ago

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