Lakeside Trail and Muncaster Mill Trail

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Lakeside Trail and Muncaster Mill Trail is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Derwood, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

Scenic Lake and Stream, Easy Hike The trail follows the shoreline of the lake for the most part. From the parking lot, locate a trail to the left of the nature center. It starts right by the information sign, where you may be able to pick up a trail map of all trails in the park. Follow the short trail down the hill to the stream bed and turn right on the Sleepy Hollow trail. Follow this trail along the stream and after it leaves the stream, turn left on the Big Pines trail. Follow this a short distance to the Lakeside trail. Follow the lakeside trail until in meets an asphalt trail. Turn left and cross the dam. Follow the asphalt until in comes into and old parking area. Tranverse this to a unused road at the far end. Follow the road, bearing left, where another road runs off to the right. The road will end at another old parking a and the dirt trail picks up at the back. Follow the trail until you see the stream crossing with a sign for the nature center. Cross and return to start.

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awesome place to take the family.

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7 months ago

It was a nice, quiet, scenic walk. The trails are well blazed. The trail varies from a natural dirt trail to a paved trail. Not rough on dog's paws, no boots needed. We stayed on the trail, which was an easy hike, but there were a lot of places to go off trail if someone is looking for a slightly more difficult hike. Due to high algae levels, water access was not permitted (though the lake & river still look beautiful).

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11 months ago

awesome.

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11 months ago

We hiked this trail with our 5 kids (ages 1-9) and our whole family enjoyed it. The kids loved crossing over the water where lakeside trail and muncaster intercepted on the north side of the park. It was only knee high deep that they were able to play in the water there. We were able to hike the trail with our double bob....it wasn't easy but if you're up for the challenge it's definitely doable! We will be back :)

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11 months ago

I consider this my home hiking area. Have done it to many times to count due to ease of access to it. Walking briskly you can do the loop in about an hour. There is one stream crossing that has to be done to complete the loop. it is a decent hike considering you are in the middle of a very suburban area.