Forrest Glen, Santee Branch, Backside of Nun's [CLOSED] is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Patapsco Woods, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
383 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips

trail running





wild flowers




Whether you are camping or just spending a day in the Hilton area you would truly enjoy this loop. This loop has many options regard distance and terrain. You could also park at the Swinging Bridge in the Orange Grove area if you wanted to. There are Restrooms and Water Fountains in two different areas of this loop. The kids can enjoy the Tire Park in the Hilton area or checkout the Swinging Bridge down at the River. The Santee and Grist Mill trails are quite easy and flat but the Forrest Glen and Nunnery Trail will be a long up or down hill pending your direction. To shorten the trail a bit you could hike the inner Santee trail, which is in a open field along the power lines. The Pigs Run trail is another option but you would have to break trail to to hike into the main park area. There are a few small stream crossing but they are very manageable. The only section you will see a lot of bikers and walkers will be on the Grist Mill because it’s Flat and Paved.

5 months ago

If you start at the Swinging Bridge your recorder may show a blank screen but the GPS is tracking you. Just tap record and go across the bridge and make a left. The maps will soon be working. Phone service doesn't work at the bridge but GPS tracks with out the map showing. - I hike this loop a few times a year. Be sure to be on the right side when you enter the tunnel at the Grist Mill trail. You can still do it from the left side but you will need to go up the Sawmill and cross the stream. I enjoy the rocky climbs on the start of the Forest Glen or the Pigs Run. The first mile is all up hill. The (White) Santee trail is basically flat with small ups and downs. The rest of the trail is quite easy.

8 months ago

quite muddy in some places and gps would not work at the beginning of the trail so it was a bit of guessing. but in all was a fun trail with challenges and easy spots.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Once you get off the Grist Mill Trail (heavily populated), this route has a nice entry point through a cool tunnel with running water that opens to rocks and trees. The trail meanders along water, has a couple rocky areas, and is peaceful amongst the trees. You may find a mountain biker or two in a couple areas, but otherwise it's lightly trafficked and really puts you in nature. You'll come across butterflies and wild berries. I took a friend here and we really enjoyed this hike.

4 months ago

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