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Monocacy Natural Resources Area Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Monocacy Natural Resources Area Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dickerson, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers

over grown

This hike can be an adventure in finding your way around. However, you can gain a great sense of accomplishment if you can cover all the trails shown on the map. The trails are unmarked and appear to be maintained only by the passage of feet, hooves (shod and cloven), and water. Some of the trails are the 200-year-old remnants of wagon trails. The quarry and lime kiln are reputed to be over 200 years old and were used for construction of the Monocacy River Aqueduct which is nearby and worth a side trip. The Monocacy NRA is a hunting area in season. Check the Maryland Dept of Natural Resources for info. Some low-lying trails can be muddy and the numerous crossings of Furnace Creek can be wet in high-water conditions. Unsuitable for bikes.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Lots of bluebells and swamp. Proper trail development would eliminate the swamp. Better trail development could, I think, eliminate two creek crossings. (The trail appears to cut across a horseshoe bend vs going around. As of 2018, the trail is now blazed dark blue. The eastern half of the lollipop is hard to find because it connects to the rest of the trail at sharp angles at both start and finish of the loop. The lime kiln is a little tail off the end. If you see private-property and beware-of-dog signs, you've gone too far. The lime kiln, as far as I know, is the end. See my track for details.

nature trips
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Delightful display of bluebells and trout lilies beside a pretty stream in mid-April. Wear rubber soled footwear and corduroy because lots of mud and briars. Please clarify to privacy status of the top loop.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wagon bridge was a pleasant surprise. A lot of overgrown vegetation. A few stream crossings.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Trail was swampy and overgrown. At top of loop, lots of "Private Property" and "Beware of Dog" signs, and we were chased out of completing it by two large dogs. Multiple creek crossings required going off-trail to locate passable points. A lovely, easy stroll, but the trail needs some work (and some policing of local pets!).

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Did this a few weeks ago, definitely under used and overgrown. Very peaceful! To get to the kiln, I believe we kept right every time the path forked. You will have to make a few creek crossings, but rocks are well placed. It was very overgrown and we didn't realize we had found the kiln until it was right there.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

A good vigorous walk from the parking lot on Rt-28, but I didn't know where I was going, so I had to limit my distance so I wouldn't get lost. There were no trail markers. I asked a question a few weeks ago for a trail map of the area, but no one has responded or maybe I don't know where to find the response. Years ago I found the kiln. I thought I was on the right trail this time, but was stopped by creek and saw no way to get across it. Ken Baker (I would appreciate a response, but if I get one, I probably won't be able to find it)

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