Northern Central Railroad Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Northern Central Railroad Trail is a 19.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near White Hall, Maryland that features a river 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
19.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1394 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

21 days ago

Great day on the trail. Our first time. Attended church at Sherwood Episcopal Church @ 10 am and then went biking. Trail is well shaded, flat with beautiful scenery and there was a mixture of walkers, runners and bikers. Everyone polite and had good trail etiquette!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Always crowded on weekends, but is the safest for family biking.

mountain biking
1 month ago

nice trail to run or ride a bike

rails trails
3 months ago

9 months ago

Beautiful rail trail! Highly recommend. Ashland entrance is in a residential area but there is a parking lot.

road biking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Also known as the North Central Railroad (NCR) trail, this trail is perfect for anyone, well maintained surface, relatively flat with amenities like benches, picnic tables and port-a-johns along the route. Frequented by joggers, dog walkers and bikers but normally not overly crowded even on nice weekends. Plenty of places to jump on-off trail allow you to customize your ride. Notable trial locals include the Sparks Bank Nature Center in Sparks, MD and the Monkton Railroad Station (Ranger Station) in Monkton - Both have Port-a-pots, water points, picnic tables and limited parking. Also available at Monkton are tubing rentals to float down the Big Gunpowder Falls. The trail is well shaded so even on a hot day, the temperatures are tolerable. If you are just getting into Trail riding, this would definitely be a great introduction.

Friday, July 22, 2016

mountain biking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

My favorite is to hike the trail up then inflate some tubes and lazy river back down.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

mountain biking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

walking
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Great. Not enough bathrooms

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A local trail so I've done it many times. Rode White Hall to Mason Dixon line loop yesterday. Its so different after the leaves have fallen. The river valleys become visible, best time of year. Weekday crowds are low. Don't pass up a late Fall ride.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 06, 2014

Nice scenic ride! A little busy, but trail is wide enough you can pass people or they can pass you. joggers, walkers, bikers..Good for everyone!

mountain biking
Monday, June 18, 2012

Couple of us went on this trail today, up to White Hall which is about 10 miles from the starting point (off paper mill rd). The trail is flat and very scenic in all aspects. :) It is well traveled and a bit busy up front... then it thins out as you approach Sparks, MD. There are many entry points to the trail, so you will always have company. We saw everyone from the hardcore bikers to family with kids. It is a fun ride. You are pretty much following the river all the way up. A lot of road crossings, so be careful. We stopped at Monkton for ice cream on our way back. The trail is wide enough that you are not going to hold up anyone ... take your time riding and enjoy the beauty.

Saturday, June 16, 2012