Glen Artney Large Loop

MODERATE 2 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.

5.3 miles
695 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



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.

1 month ago

With the weather getting nicer, the park is becoming a bit more crowded. When the park gets crowded the bulk of the people are always on the Howard County side of the park. The Swinging Bridge and Playground areas get packed. That's when I park up in the Glen Artney section. You drive thru the tunnel at the lost lake pond and go up the hill. At your first left drive up and around the loop. When you see the Santee Branch trail sign pull into the parking lot and you will see a trailhead at the fire road. This places you in a area that is rarely used. The Santee trail was a mud hole today most likely because of the recent snow melting but the Nunnery and Vineyard trails were dry as a bone.

5 months ago