Mineral Hill Trail

EASY 30 reviews

Mineral Hill Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sykesville, Maryland that features a lake 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
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
291 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

blowdown

muddy

A nice hike for anyone, but especially enjoyable if you are a geology enthusiast. Located less than 1 mile S of Louisville on the edge of the Liberty Lake reservoir. Originally an iron mine featuring a 2 foot (0.9 meter) thick hematite ore vein. Started around the time of the American Revolution. Later, it was exploited for copper and achieved a depth of over 400 feet with a shaft to that depth. Employed up to 100 miners at its peak. There are two large "tailing mounds" which contain some fantastic examples of the local geology. One is directly off the water around the half-way point of the hike. The other is at the top of the hill and is typically used as the turn around point.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, short hike can be made longer by taking the trail (fire road) til it dead-ends @ Coot's Peninsula. Summer time gave OK (Coot's Peninsula is more rewarding) views of the reservoir and lots of birds to see. For those with a knack for geology: This is the site of an Iron/Copper mine from around the time of the American Revolution.
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Park at the trail head just across the bridge on 26. All in all would do again.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike for the kid, and great views.

trail running
8 months ago

Pretty. Often Rocky. Easy to follow. Easy to get to. Free.

Did I mention pretty?

10 months ago

October = moderate trail...not easy by any means.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice after work hike. And, nice views of the lake.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

hiking
Thursday, January 26, 2017

A nice fire rd. trail. I brought my family and dog nice scenery too. We will definitely be back in the summer.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Perfect trail for hiking with kids. Lots to see and explore to keep them excited and engaged.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Beautiful place to explore.

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6 months ago

recorded nah

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