Lake Roland Red and Green Trail

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Lake Roland Red and Green Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Towson, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 216 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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mountain biking

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This trail takes you along part of Lake Roland, past Paw Point dog park, and onto the boardwalk.

5 days ago

4 months ago

Easy to feel like you are far away from it all with just a few steps into the trail. Trail markings can be a bit confusing first couple times in...also, there are parts that get a bit narrow for bikers to pass hikers.

Started on the red and green, then the yellow looked interesting. Followed it to the white/ black to the orange. On the orange saw two Cooper’s hawks and a great egret. Finished up on the red back to the main road.

Relatively easy hiking with good water views of Lake Roland. Only one area that some might find difficult, some high steps. A bit muddy in areas but there was always an area to walk to avoid the mud. Quick access from parking on Falls Road.

9 months ago

If you follow directions to the trail do not park on the side of the road. I dont remember seeing any no parking signs, but I recieved a parking violation

Took the Red Trail from Falls road entrance (side of road parking). Nice overall flat hike, 2 miles to the Nature Center/dam. Few but not many areas to walk down close to the lake. Walked across light rail tracks to the park. I would recommend this easy trail.

11 months ago

One of the best trails in the Baltimore area; you’ll feel further away from the hustle and bustle than you’d expect! The trail art is totally cool and much appreciated. Very good for a relaxed walk though often damp/muddy. Mostly flat with one incline at the end to get to the park area. There are nice open spots to picnic or chill and a really good dog park. Parking at the trail head is limited but it always works out.

11 months ago

Really pretty, definitely want to go all the way down to the dam/nature center. Very muddy though, be prepared for that

Sun Nov 04 2018

I love this series of trails. There are a bunch of branch points and it is very close to Baltimore where I live so I can easily be out in nature in no time at all. I trail run here. The main (red trail) is pretty wide and flat. The blue trail is flat, but narrow and goes along the river. It is my favorite as I see a lot of birds, deer, foxes along this trail. The yellow, green, and orange trails are rockier with more tree roots and have a bit of elevation change. All of the trails go through mature forest so they are shady in the summer. Almost all of the trails get muddy so be prepared if has rained recently. I don’t mind it personally, but some may.

Sun Sep 30 2018

Great terrain! A little muddy this time out, but great experience over all.

Wed Aug 22 2018

lots of wildlife!

Sat Aug 04 2018

Nice wooded trail around Lake Roland. Mostly flat with options for more hilly treks.

Thu Jul 12 2018

very nice trail. the main trail is wide and smooth so you can walk it in tennis shoes. However the side trails can be rocky & root and you should probably have hiking boots on. Alltrails shows the TH in a bad spot with very little parking right alongside a busy road. the other end of the trail is near the dam and has a nice parking lot. in the future I will park at the other end of the trail. I consider this trail as easy not moderate...not much of an elevation change and no difficult areas.

Sun Jun 10 2018

Beautiful old growth forest. Doesn’t drain well. Very scenic. You can piece together the various trails for 10-12 miles or just do an out and back at 4-5 miles. Plenty of parking at light rail station.

Fri May 18 2018

It’s been raining all week and the trail was soggy, so I took pics and placed waypoints as I ran. The rain didn’t matter much; although muddy in spots, it’s a great trail for evening runs before sunset. The only reason you may need blazes is for branching off. There are many branch points and variations one can opt for between the start and turnaround. I really like this trail for running, but it’s also excellent for nature walks and day hikes. I saw only a hand full of people on the course. Perhaps it was the rain that kept people away. This trail doesn’t disappoint.

Mon Apr 30 2018

Great trails! Trails are maintained well!

Tue Dec 05 2017

Great trails from easy and smooth to rugged and moderately challenging.

Sun Nov 12 2017

The trail itself was great and obviously popular, but my sister's car and several others were broken into (windows shattered, items stolen) while we were hiking. Many cars were parked here and the road itself is very busy, but that didn't seem to be a deterrent.

mountain biking
Sun Oct 22 2017

Rode in on the blue trail and completed a few laps on the red trail. Quite a few dog walkers and runners, even a few mountain bikers. They've shored up a few eroded sections of the red trail with rock piles.

mountain biking
Sat Oct 21 2017

Road the trail early this morning as it starts to get busy by 9. Accessed it from the blue trail that starts at the L'Hirondelle club.While the blue trail had a few muddy spots, the red trail was clear. Made a simple loop by taking a left off the blue trail onto red and then took the left branch when red splits. That portion of the trail is much better for mountain biking. There are a few fun hills, lots of roots and some technical spots near the end. Return on the traditional red trail if you like hopping a lot of railroad ties, otherwise turn around and head back.

Sun Sep 24 2017

Well maintained and flat. There are a fair amount of tree roots for about .5 miles in the trail, but they're easy to get around. Well shaded too.

mountain biking
Sun Sep 10 2017

This is the red trail loop. Went out early this morning to avoid the crowd. Came in from the light rail boardwalk and rode to the trail head at Falls Road and back. The trail is in pretty rough shape from the crossing of the light rail tracks to the split of the trail. Areas of deep mud with no options but to lift the bike or to skim the shrub line leading to some cuts/bruises. This makes for a less than pleasant ride. Once this area is cleared, the ride has some nice roots to jump and interesting scenery. For the most part there is enough space on the trail to avoid the roots if you aren't comfortable taking them on.

Sun Aug 27 2017

Love the scenery!

Sun Jul 23 2017

We love walking to the park because we are so close and we love the playground and the cool trails and my daughter loves to watch the waterfall/river, we loved this park.

Tue May 09 2017

The red trail is easy, flat, and beautiful. It took me about two hours total but I stopped to take a lot of photos and enjoy the scenery.

Tue Feb 28 2017

trails ranged from extremely well maintained to forest path.

Mon Feb 20 2017

Great trail to walk with kids. We usually end our trip with a stop at the playground, which has some fun, nature-inspired structures.

Thu Dec 01 2016

Went on 11/30. Gorgeous, even on a foggy, mucky day. Trails are well marked, and there are art installations! I'll be going back on a sunny, dry day for sure.

Sun Nov 27 2016

Short 1-3 mile well maintained hike. Great point along red trail for dog to play along river. Muddy after rains but area attracts a lot of runners and hikers.

Sun Nov 27 2016

Overall this hike was decent. Pros: it wasn't congested with people even on a Saturday; there was water access for my dog; good options for smaller trails off the beaten path; well marked with maps at the entrance. Cons: parking was a bit frightening- street parking on a busy, curvy road; I could hear the street noise almost the entire hike, several homes along the way so never felt private, felt like I was walking someone's private property; close to the city/commute was easy!

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