Black Locust Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily 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: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 629 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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This is a family friendly and dog friendly trail with some moderate ups and downs, but enough vistas to hold everyone's attention. The trail is characterized by scenic overlooks, tulip, poplars, oaks, and the ever present Mountain Laurel.

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rocky
11 days ago

Rocky and feels like you're going uphill most of the time. For such a short hike it's a nice little workout. Great scenic view spots. Crowded on a weekend since many people drive up just for the views.

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rocky
21 days ago

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1 month ago

This was a nice hike on a Sunday morning, but definitely got more crowded as it got later. We went counter-clockwise from the lower parking area and had one relatively moderate section before reaching the gorgeous views near the Tea House.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

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scramble
6 months ago

1/2 scramble but all around worth it

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rocky
7 months ago

signage could be better, maybe a little tough to follow cause I was running and had head down cause if the rocky terrain. could do with some maintenance as it is overgrown in some spots

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rocky
7 months ago

Good trail, but very rocky with steep inclines/declines. Rated difficult by the park service. I would agree with that rating rather than the moderate rating given here.

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rocky
7 months ago

Quite a nice trail with a variety of scenery. There are good views of Frederick and toward the Potomac. The trail is narrow at some points but are perfectly fine for hiking.

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rocky
scramble
8 months ago

The all trail map is slightly deceiving. If you take the black locust trail it looks like the yellow trail diverges and then crosses the black trail about a mile in. What actually occurs is that they merge at that point. From the Frederick overlook if you go down the Frederick side of the mountain it’s quite rocky and overgrown. Still an enjoyable hike.

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rocky
8 months ago

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9 months ago

Great trail with a lot variety along the way...wide/flat spots, rocky spots ..to overgrown off the beaten path areas.

recorded Recording - Sep 01, 10:32 AM

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rocky
9 months ago

pleasant trail with about equal ascent and descent. some rocky spots.

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rocky
9 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

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bugs
over grown
10 months ago

Lots of thorns and spider webs. Went backwards so large ascent. Very humid.

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10 months ago

We hiked the black and green trail sections. Peaceful forest views, mostly shaded. A spring along the trail let us cool off our hats. Some uphill sections were challenging.

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10 months ago

A moderate tough trail with green and shady route. Lot of cross trails to make lengthier trail. Most of the part (best part) you will be alone and won’t see humans. Parking is available most of the time.

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scramble
11 months ago

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11 months ago

This was a great hike, I did it with the kids and they did great. The only thing is that it says that it is a 2.6 mile hike and it is a 3.3 mile hike.

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Fri May 24 2019

somewhere I lost the black trail and ended up on green for a while. it's just ok. too much road noise

recorded Black Locust Trail

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Sat May 04 2019

Usually great views and but poor visibility today- on the upside, the trail was not too crowded. Ferns, Laurel, Pines, Hickory. Trail is educational with tree id info markers dispersed throughout.

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blowdown
Sun Apr 28 2019

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Tue Apr 16 2019

Black Trail to Yellow Trail

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