Liberty Reservoir: Liberty West-Morgan Runs Trail [CLOSED]

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Liberty Reservoir Cooperative Wildlife Management Area

Liberty Reservoir: Liberty West-Morgan Runs Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Reisterstown, Maryland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 987 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

bugs

over grown

closed

Please note that this trail is currently closed due to COVID 19.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

It's a perfectly acceptable trail. Some decent views, modest hills, and so on. It's nice and peaceful in the woods. That said, Liberty Reservoir is currently *closed* due to COVID-19, and police actively patrol this area and give out tickets. People also apparently tear down the signage indicating the closure, so even if it doesn't look closed, trust me, it is. I got a $50 parking ticket today; don't be like me.

muddy
3 months ago

echo what others have said about being muddy. It hasn't rained in a while but was still very muddy at spots. my hiking poles came in handy. Lots of hills for a good workout! on a nice day on a Sunday there were not that many people. I passed a person or couple every 45 minutes or so. nice views of the water. reccomend sunglasses also.

Nice hike through the trees and around the reservoir. Gets somewhat muddy.

mountain biking
muddy
4 months ago

Make sure you are on a mountain biking trail, a lot of hiking trails to get lost on throughout.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail Beautiful fall foliage

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this 11am-1pm on Saturday 9/28/19. I hiked it as an out and back from to/from where the peninsula loop starts, so it was an hour each way. I love the peninsula trail but prefer the scenery of it from that trailhead instead. Only passed 2 couples on the trail that entire time, though there were several cars at the trailhead. Only an occasional bug buzzing in my ear, so I imagine it might get buggy in summer. Pros: shaded, generally wide trail (since most if not all of it is a fire road), good mix of elevation, not very muddy (though it’s been really dry lately so I imagine can get muddy since there were a few spots of it) Cons: traffic sounds for the first/last 15 minutes, not many views of the reservoir, some horse poop (though not as bad as some other trails at Liberty)

hiking
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

Was a very enjoyable walk on a gorgeous day. I loved knowing that I burned 1400 calories walking 8 miles. I started at 8:30 am and finished at Noon and that included a 15 min break. There were a few muddy spots in the shady areas, but not impassable nor got my shoes all mucky. The trail was wide but wish there were signs at the forks in the trail. If I didn’t have this app, I could have been going in circles and not know it.

hiking
Thu Apr 25 2019

I was hiking Wards Chapel trail recently. I noticed dirt bike tracks going into the trail and along the single track trail. Starting at 48 Wards Chapel road. It is starting to look a little tore up. Anyone know who to contact to report this.

hiking
muddy
rocky
Sun Apr 07 2019

hiking
blowdown
muddy
Sun Feb 24 2019

A good portion of the trail is regularly wet and some of those spots are in clay soil so you sink up to your ankles in boot-sucking clay. It rained this morning so that moisture is just sitting on the trail; there are drainage issues along the trail (there is no drainage). The majority of the trail is a multi-use trail where 4 wheelers and horses have dug some deep ruts. Road noise seeps into the woods for the first couple miles, but after that, the birds can easily be heard. This is a nice trail with some decent views along the way but it’ll probably be my only time out on this one.

hiking
muddy
washed out
Sat Feb 16 2019

Another pretty mid winter hike on the reservoir. Some horse traffic leaving large trail in Prince, particularly in the muddy areas. Overall a beautiful 5 mile loop-ish, with only a few others enjoying the trail. Lucy and Stella (four year-old goldendoodles) loved it!

hiking
Wed Jan 02 2019

Decent trails. Super muddy in the low spots due to the excessive rain recently. Lots of up and down but not too hard. Trails weren't marked the best but if you have the tracker on you'll be fine. I would imagine in the summer the trails are probably a little overgrown but this time of year (January) we didn't have to walk through brush or tall grass.

running
Sun Nov 11 2018

Revisited. Returned to the LR course I last ran on July 11th this year. What a revelation! It’s the exact same course I did in mid-summer with vastly different terrain in mid-fall. The run was slowed down due to blowdown, marshes and slip pits from rains the last 2 days, fallen leaves everywhere (more slips), hidden rocks, branches and other obstacles that you cannot see due to the fallen leaves (trip harzards), briars and pointy branches lining the trail that you now encounter due to midline marshes and slip pits, twigs everywhere — really, this was a much different run than in summer. Nonetheless, it is still a great 4-mile course! Managed to get in two out-n-backs for 8.4 miles total. Had two big slip-n-falls while trying to ante up on speed over unseen mud slicks. Walking around the deep marshes was also a challenge. Be prepared to get muddy when the trail is like this, from the shoes up. Still a great outing and I look forward to returning. My recording is posted. Completed: 10 November 2018

Sat Sep 29 2018

Awesome hills are great!

hiking
Sat Sep 29 2018

This was a beautiful hike after a long period of rain the trail was quite muddy but well worth it!

hiking
Thu Sep 06 2018

Very nice,clean and clear paths some hills but then some levels

Fri Aug 17 2018

great trail, a bit rocky but me and the Roscoe had a ball !!!!

Fri Aug 17 2018

I traveled this Aug 4th, 2018. Bring bug spray, Mosquito's were moderately bad. Trail was outlined with an obviously cleared foot/bike path and the only confusing part was a fork for blue and red. The red had a big tree across it but seemed to be in the direction I wanted so I took that route, it ended up being correct. Lots of little side trails to go down to the water. Only a couple other hikers, mostly secluded, ends at a peninsula on the river. Decent hills at about 45 degrees but nothing crazy. By crazy I mean climbing with your hands to reach the top. Small gravel parking with plenty of room away from the road and the trail begins right there at a small path at the southern corner and is about 2 or 3 people wide. You have to go around a small cable locked entrance.

Sun Aug 05 2018

trail out about a mile in due to the rains, blew out a culvert

running
Wed Jul 11 2018

Revisited. Completed 07/11/18

running
Fri Jul 06 2018

As good as it gets on a calm, clear sunny day (87F). This was an after work 4-mile out-n-back, where I posted a 2-mile waypoint turnaround. Great 50-60 minute workout.

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