Broad Creek Trail

MODERATE 96 reviews
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Broad Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Annapolis, Maryland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
518 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Well marked trail. Unimproved trails and lots of hills. One stream to ford.

hiking
1 month ago

A little wonderland. Trail extremely well-maintained and marked. A nice mix of flat ground and inclines to get the heart rate up. Hooray for urban green spaces!

hiking
2 months ago

It was a nice incline but thought it would be longer. Due to some of the trail being closed due to flooding or remodeling(?) overall it was a nice little workout.

3 months ago

very enjoyable for a first time hikr. very well marked.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail. Pretty easy. Thanks, Doug, for the tip about the HS.

4 months ago

great trail but beware that from now until April, parts or the trail are closed for stream restoration. If you access the trail from the marked trailhead at the library headquarters bldg, you can only do a one mile loop. It's only possible to connect to the most scenic section of the trail, behind Annapolis high school, if you are willing to go off trail,

For now, I recommend parking at Annapolis high school. Look for the many paths into the woods behind the athletic fields. It's challenging hiking with beautiful views of Broad Creek. You will see blue herons and may get lucky and see a bald eagle.

7 months ago

Hills and secluded once you get in there... felt like a nice hiking area... but easy to get lost! Luckily my friend had her dog and he lead the way ... I’m bringing a spray paint can next time to leave marks for the people that come after me :) we parked at Annapolis a high school which was a good starting spot.

hiking
7 months ago

Small loop is fun, hilly, need to watch out for tree roots but they can make helpful stairs! Large additional loop down past the high school is very poorly marked and we will not be going back.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Never new this trail was here.

hiking
8 months ago

Some of the best incline in all of AA county. Hard to find the trail from where All Trails says the trailhead is. I would suggest continuing on the main road to the next parking lot (Library and Recreation building) on the left. The actual trail head starts at the back of the parking lot. There is a literal sign that says “Trailhead,” you can’t miss it. Trail is pretty well blazed with orange diamond markers on trees. Be careful of all the roots that protrude from the ground, they can be slippery and dangerous.

trail running
8 months ago

Pretty hard path to trail run - lots of hard slopes. Beautiful scenery that runs past a really pretty stretch of water, I would definitely say the hard parts are so worth the views. Be careful to look for the trail markers though, because while there are trail markers along the majority of the path, it gets a little hard to find at various parts. The path is not well worn at the most southern part and I had to use this app’s trail map and my google maps app to make sure I was staying on the proper path. Hard, but definitely worth it! Perfect in the autumn!

hiking
10 months ago

The terrain was easily manageable. The first mile is really a loop back to the trail head. At the 3/4 mile mark, just as the trail starts to incline quickly, there is a fork that takes you towards the creek and the remainder of the trail. You can easily miss it; and in doing so end up back at the beginning without having gotten into the meat if the trail. We made this mistake.

Not a bad trail.

hiking
10 months ago

A nice moderately easy path through the woods. The entrance was tricky to find the first time and you can always hear nearby traffic but my dogs loved it and I'll definitely be going back.

trail running
10 months ago

I didn't like this trail very much; went for a run and got lost multiple times. I also ran right through the biggest spider web that I've ever seen, there was no way around it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No one goes here. Great place for the dog off the leash

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lots of deer that my ridgeback got to chase while hiking!

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

I entered the trail behind the library and it started out great, well marked easy to follow nice scenery, then about a mile in the trail markings became farther apart and the trail narrowed making it impossible to follow. I ended up getting lost a couple of times and somehow made it back to a different part of the trail. I ended up giving up and walking from the high school (the other side of the park from where I started) back to my car on the streets because the trail was so poorly marked. If you take this trail make sure that you either stay near the library area or have a smart phone (I do not) and download the map so you can stay on the trail.

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Broad Creek Park has a network of trails that zig zag thru the many runs down to Broad Creek. The trails are hilly and challenging, and the views quite good. Main trailhead is behind the Anne Arundel county library headquarters building on Truman parkway, but there are additional access points, including at the back of the Annapolis high school athletic fields.

hiking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This trail was in an ideal location, just 5 minutes from my hotel. It was perfect for a hike. My only suggestion is a trail map produced by those that maintain it. The loop I did was maybe a mile or a little over but not 2.4. Also, I found a well marked trail entrance behind the Parks & Rec building by the Library headquarters. Easy parking. However, the trail came out behind the Dept of health and continued behind office buildings. I found that to be a little odd. Otherwise, awesome piece of nature in the city!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Really great trail! Although the trails indicating arrows aren't that accurate towards the end of the trail. We had to turn back the way we came

walking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

It was alright. Good if you like a bumpy path, like I do. Not the prettiest or most well maintained walk in the area, as the tour of discarded tires and rusted garbage make clear during your adventure.

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

great trail! even got in a little bramble bush wacking!!! very peaceful and quiet.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Family friendly but not much to it if you don't continue onto the high school trail.

Monday, February 20, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

This a quick and easy hike. I did just the loop and did not do the part going to the high school. I measured it out around 1.5 miles. It's a good spot to hit when you may be pressed for time and want to hike, trail run, or walk your dog for some quick exercise.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fairly easy hike, there are a few inclines. Pretty scenic, I'm sure looks even better in the Fall or Spring. Not incredibly busy this time of year, we passed a bike rider and another group walking with their dogs. Some parts of the trail are hidden right now by fallen leaves but there are orange trails markers to guide.

Park by the library is my advice.

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

I'd do this again I love it!!! My dad and I love to hike we sleep, eat , and hike! We didn't do that other part of the trail we're doing it next time cause it's getting dark, We usually go to Thurmont, Maryland and hike at Cunningham falls state park! But I wanted to find a local place and I saw it was behind Annapolis high school so I tried it out and absolutely loved it!!!!! You should try it! You will have fun!

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

On this particularly warm January day, I hiked 1.3 miles of this trail. I didn't go down the section that goes near the high school, though.

I hiked along with my son and wore him on my back in a baby carrier.

The trail was well-marked except for the bit that goes behind the health department.

backpacking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Mildly challenging hike with beautiful views. Very nice trail with orange diamond blazes to guide you thru the woods. Some spots needed more markers or better placed markers....but overall well maintained and marked.

backpacking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

I liked the trail a lot.. The entrance to the trail is kind of hidden, I had a little hard time finding it but once you are on it you go behind the library and the Dept of Health. The trail has two hills that winded me but the rest is fairly level ground. You get to see a lake or a body of water in the distance.. and a lot of it is walking by a stream/creek. The trail has the major loop and a smaller loop that you can break off the big one to go to the High School and back to add more miles.. When I did mine.. I ended up doing the trail once and then doing it a second time adding the high school to it.. ended up being 5 miles. The markers for the highschool trail, however, are not very visible, whether on fallen trees or behind a tree and can get off track a bit.. But if you are recording on the app it helps a lot and you can see if you are on or off the trail.. other than small things.. I loved the trail! It was definitely moderate trafficed ..Only ran into 1 person on the trail like 5 times lol.. will definitely go again!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

A great hike tucked away right in Annapolis! The fall colors are incredible right now. And there's even a few hills unlike other nearby trails. :) Very enjoyable.

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