Glen Artney Large Loop

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Glen Artney Large Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Catonsville, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This large loop consist of many named trails that are well defined and marked. The upper main long trail is the Santee and is marked in (White). It is considered as the thru-trail. In the Glen Artney section you can stop and take a break in the Hilton Area of the park. From the Hilton area there are a few trails that will lead you down to the river and onto the paved Grist Mill trail. (Santee - Forest Glen or Pigs Run). You have four options for parking. (Soapstone Trail head - Hilton Area Park - Swinging Bridge - Lost Pond). You also have restrooms at each location. You have access to drinking water at three of these areas. The only trail that you may want trekking poles would be the Pigs Run or Forest Glen. These two trail have sections that are very rocky but manageable. One mile of this loop is a paved trail that runs parallels to the river. The busiest trail of all is the Grist Mill trail but that is mainly on weekends. Grist Mill Trail is currently CLOSED, alternate route here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/maryland/upper-glen-artney-alternate-loop

hiking
1 month ago

MESSAGE ALERT REGARDING TRAILS: Most of the Baltimore County side including The main Grist Mill trail is CLOSED. The Soapstone trail is NOW OPEN. The entire Lost Lake Pond area is blocked off. Grist Mill trail will be CLOSED for the rest of the summer. Your best option is to hike on the Howard County side of the park. Turn LEFT at the split. All trails on the Howard County side of the Park are OPEN. When entering, turn left toward the Playground. Across from the Playground parking lot is a NEW TRAIL. The Extension is The RIdge Trail. The road is OPEN up to the Swinging Bridge. The Swinging Bridge is CLOSED. ** If you need a special map I created it could help you learn the Howard County side or the entire Avalon area.. ** baltoken @ yahoo.com ( Ken )
PS: Go early or you are not getting in. Over Crowded. Only two rental pavilions are open and they need parking for them first.

hiking
9 months ago