Hill Top, Grist Mill, and Sawmill Branch Loop

MODERATE 81 reviews

Hill Top, Grist Mill, and Sawmill Branch Loop is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ellicott City, 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

1 month ago

Great hike today!!!! Dam project is underway but does not limit this hike. Grist Mill section is paved. Carried the 2 year old in the pack down and up, a few rocky seconds but we would do it again. He had a great time throwing sticks in the river and walking through the tunnel. Beware of limited parking at the Hilltop entrance, it was full even on this chilly day (Sunday) and we'll be making a DNR "donation" for unauthorized parking. We will do this one again!

2 months ago

Just the best hike! Took four kids from 4-10 years old and everyone had a great hike. Beautiful to see spring rising

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Date 3/2/2017 Great hike. Best to hike this trail counterclockwise so that you can several
small waterfalls.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Good hike! Several different options to make the loop a little longer. Maps are helpful

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Monday, October 31, 2016

wife and I did this trail on a warmer fall day. there was one somewhat tricky spot due to the incline but overall we really enjoyed the trail.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great trail!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

buzzard rock trail (part of the loop) kicks my butt!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

I've been on this trail and just about every one in this part of the park. This is a really great trail if you like a little bit of every thing the scenery is great. It does have some steep hills and the rocks can get slippery so just be careful and watch your step.I tend to like to explore and go off the if you haven't done this trail I suggest you try it.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

I completed this hike in January, which made some of the sections more challenging. There was a steep rocky incline that could be more dangerous when it is icy or muddy. I also had to cross the iced over river at one section, which I would not recommend.

Overall, the hike was really nice. It was not too crowded and was well marked. I would recommend printing out a map before you go. The parking lot to for the Hilton loop is located at 1101 Hilton Ave, Cantonsville, Md.

Happy Hiking!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Great hike with plenty of opportunity for distance. Loved the bridges and the views of the river. Crossed over and hiked a good portion of the orange area as well. Beautiful, uncrowded (on a Friday) and clean.

Recommend you print the map from DNRs website, bring water and leave young kids at home.

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