Ma & Pa Trail: Bel Air Section

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Ma & Pa Trail: Bel Air Section is a 10.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bel Air, Maryland that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. 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: 10.9 km Elevation Gain: 154 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

walking

running

partially paved

rails trails

views

hiking
1 day ago

This is not a bad trail but I did not like the last mile or so that was asphalt. There is a bit of road noise in places. It is not a hard walk and it does have some nice scenery.

Great trail for walking biking or jogging. Some hills. Wide enough for all. Dogs on leash as well.

hiking
10 days ago

Nicely maintained walking/biking trail. Good for a run or strollers. Not difficult but a few light/moderate hills. Mostly paved or stone, but the wooden bridge/causeway sections can get quite slippery when wet. Can be very busy at times.

Amazing trail that keeps your attention with different scenes.

30 days ago

Our family is new to the area and this was the only easy trail we could find that was open right now. It was good for both my husband and I to start getting back into shape on with our bikes. It has hills that are moderate and slightly moderate with great views of trees and small creek along the way. I wish there wasn't as much road noise but it isn't that big of a turn off. We went halfway and back with our 9 year old daughter and that was about the perfect distance for her to bike on. The trail itself is wide enough where you can have walkers plus bikers and still have room which was really nice.

hiking
1 month ago

too much road noise from passing cars

hiking
1 month ago

This is more a walking path than a trail, but it is beautiful. It goes up and down hills, through a tunnel and over several bridges. It’s quite wide and popular with walkers and joggers of all ages. It can get crowded on weekends.

walking
1 month ago

always a great trail, it a very spacious. we saw a lot of animals this time.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

I think this is a dog friendly trail

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

To much traffic

Great trail to take your dog(s)! Trails do get a lot of traffic so make sure you know how your dog does with other walkers/runners/cyclists and especially the children that may be sharing the trail with you. Easy trail for beginners if you are just starting to take walks/hikes/runs. My girlfriend, my little Daisy dog, and I had a wonderful experience on this trail and love how clean it is despite the traffic it sees on weekends. The only suggestion I have is to make sure you are prepared to hold on to any trash you bring with you because there aren’t really any trash cans to throw away any empty water bottles or snacks you might bring other than the one I saw at the entrance by Independent Brewing Co.

hiking
4 months ago

Hills!!! If you are training for a run with a lot of elevation changes, this is a great trail!

backpacking
5 months ago

Gravel path but lots of scenery changes and different perspectives. Worth the hike!

mountain biking
8 months ago

To the hardened trail rider it’s a piece of cake. But, it is a good, heart pumping up hill down hill, some paved some gravel trail. If you start in Bel Air, there’s a nice brewery when it’s all over

mountain biking
8 months ago

OMG - what a nice trail - when you start at Williams Street in Bel Air you feel like you are going down hill the whole way and dreading coming back , BUT it was a great short but rewarding hike. Will be back and will do it faster and maybe twice!!

mountain biking
Wed May 22 2019

First time here. Felt like I was going up hill the whole time. Good workout ride.

walking
Sat May 11 2019

Very pleasant, well maintained trail that offers plenty of nice views of the golf course, river and park area. Wide trail consists of multiple surfaces ranging from crushed packed blue stone, a boardwalk section as well as paved sections. Plenty of benches along the way as well as side trails to explore.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

This is a great trail for walking/running. Very well kept with several distinctly different sections. Start at Annie’s Playground and hike the open trail, over bridges and through the woods adjacent to Winters Run Golf Course and past the Farm Fair grounds. Many nature and birding opportunities.

hiking
Fri Mar 22 2019

This is a nice wide trail, good for biking and walking/running. My son loves playing on the train track.

walking
muddy
Sun Feb 17 2019

walking
Wed Jan 02 2019

Good for a walk. Wide path for most of the way. Didn’t walk the whole thing in this activity. Lots and lots of people.

walking
Thu Sep 13 2018

Walked trail from Annie's playground about 2 miles out. My kiddos tired quickly. Beautiful playground and great paved trail. Nice mix of walkers and bikers. Many families, couples and singles were out and about.

Mon Sep 03 2018

Great trail for kids and pets. Biking is also very good.

Tue Sep 12 2017

Easy walk! If you start at the Main Street entrance you can walk all the way to dog park and let your dogs run around for a bit before walking back. It wears them out and they sleep/lounge around the rest of the day! Jogging stroller compatible.

walking
Mon Jul 03 2017

Good for all ages. Nice landscapes

Sat Jun 10 2017

Lovely walk.

hiking
Thu Jun 01 2017

Very easy trail that is paved for the majority of the trail. Plenty of runners, bikers, and dogs along the trail.

running
Fri May 12 2017

nice out and back gravel path for all skill levels.

Sun Nov 06 2016

Nice hike, trail is very well kept.

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