Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCR Trail)

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Cockeysville, Maryland

Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCR Trail) is a 48.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cockeysville, 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.

Length48.4 miElevation gain1,984 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyHorseback ridingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingRunningForestRails trailsRiver
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A well-maintained, flat, rail-trail good for walking and biking. Accessibility: The trail has a crushed stone dust surface, and is typically at least eight feet wide. The grade is estimated to be 5% or less so is mostly gentle. The trail can get muddy and bumpy after rains.

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Karen Codd
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Road biking
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Karen Codd
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Road biking

Absolutely GORGEOUS!! Still some snow melt, on some stretches along the trail, so plan on gettin wet, or bring a change of clothes!! But absolutely beautiful!!

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Keith Brace
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Hiking
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Brooke Kaine
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Hiking

Very icy. Good leg work.

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Karen Codd
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Road biking
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Scott Nance
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Mountain bikingMuddy
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Karen Codd
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Road biking
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Ryan Stewart
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WalkingNo shade

The trail itself was fine, but no one was wearing a mask or being safe with the pandemic going on. We also almost got ran over many times with the insane number of cyclists there.

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Terri Kellogg
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Travis Homan
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WalkingGreat!

Trail is mostly smooth and easy. Lot of riders of all skill levels. Also used by running clubs and high school track athletes. Fishing spots along the trail. Plenty of birds of all varieties. Black vultures nest along the river north of white hall. Signs along the trail provide educational value. Stops along the way, with port-o-potties. Very scenic, great way to spend a day.

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Teresa McGuire
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HikingGreat!

Awesome. Saw a pair of eagles.

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Charles Plude
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Walking

just a plain jane flat trail along the creek. Many people and bikes.

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Michele Lozanski
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Hiking

Awesome

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Dave Johnston
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RunningGreat!

Very wide trail and well trafficked. Easy to run or bike on, no roots or rocks anywhere. Great views and great countryside.

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Richard Birger
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HikingGreat!
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Timothy Heffner
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Hiking
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Brian Fassler
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Road biking

gave 3 stars today because a lot more leaves on the trail this time of year.

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Craig Connell
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Hiking
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Michele Lozanski
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Hiking

Awesome

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Richard Birger
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HikingGreat!
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F MW
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Hiking
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Rodr Cher
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Road bikingGreat!

Love place

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Rodr Cher
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Running

Nice place for run

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William Carter
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Road biking

20 mile incline to New Freedom

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Alessa Keener
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HikingGreat!

Super pleasant, flat walking path. The trail is clean and well kept. We went on a Friday afternoon and started at the Sparks Nature Center and headed north. We passed a fair number of people (though far less than had it been a Saturday). About 90% of the walkers, joggers, and bikers were NOT wearing masks, unfortunately.

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Robin Oliva
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Road biking

Packed gravel alongside rr track. Very pretty only did 6.5 up and back but would love to see more

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Chad Smith
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Paddle sports
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Hassan James II
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Hiking

Solid trail with several access points to the stream

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Karen Codd
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Road biking
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Deirdre B
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Hiking

Good walking/biking trail

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