Old Ranger Trail to Hollofield Access Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews

Old Ranger Trail to Hollofield Access Trail is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Ellicott City, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.6 miles
360 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running



3 months ago

If you are a First Time hiker I would recommend you stay on the north-side of Route 40. The trail on that side are nice and easy with only ups and downs. I would go the direction of the Peaceful Pond Trail first then head DOWN the Old Ranger BLUE trail and around the large BLUE loop of the Ole Ranger trail back to the Park gate parking lot by the playground. The trails on the South-side of Route 40 are very rocky with heavy terrain and lots of roots. I recommend hiking boot and trekking pole when hiking this side. The River Ridge trail off the campground road is a rock hop all the way down to the tracks. When you get to the tracks turn left and go towards the Union Dam train tunnel. The trail to the right of the tunnel takes you to the stream and will lead you to the Union Dam trail at the viewing platform. This trail will lead you back to the parking lot.

5 months ago

nothing really stood out, nothing to see, traffic noise, absence of nature... What a dud

6 months ago

It was fun Sunday afternoon hiking with the family. It was our first hiking with our 3 years d daughter and she did awesome! She needed some assistance but most of the trail was wider and she was able to walk by herself! Will go back for sure!!

10 months ago

We were not fans of this trail. Leaving the parking lot, there's a small pond which was pretty nice but that's about as good as this hike gets. The trail features power-lines and goes under Interstate 70 which you can hear for most of the hike. A portion of the trail is paved which we were also not fans of. The out and back portion leads to an underwhelming view of the Patapsco. The trail itself is well maintained and for the most part is marked pretty clearly, just follow the blue trail marks. We probably won't be doing this hike again.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Date: 11/25/2016 Nice hike.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Our first hike for my husband my self and our 12 year old son. We enjoyed it very much and it looks like the beginning of a new adventure for us. We don't really have anything to compare it to. But it wasn't too difficult.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

nice shaded trail on a hot day

mountain biking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Montain bike

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Lots of trails to explore so I suggest printing out the map you can find on the website for the park (see link). I started at the large car park in the Avalon area and walked up the road to the Ridge Trail which you can talk all the way to Cascade Falls. From there you can hike up the stream to the Morning Choice Trail which will take you all the way back to Ridge Trail. About 7 miles.

Friday, September 18, 2015

I usually go to the other part of the park were Cascade Falls are and wanted to try some were else for a change and I really enjoyed it me and my dog Indy started out on the Old Ranger trail and then crossed the bridge on Hollofield rd and took the path on the other side to come back we did cross back over the river after we went under The Baltimore Natl. pkw. bridge and went on the Union Dam
trail it was a really good hike I didn't find it real challenging which made for just a real nice hike the scenery was great.

Monday, June 22, 2015

It's a great place for those beginning adventurers. The scenery is just below flawless, and it's absolutely breathtaking. Be sure to take the trail to the railroad tracks.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Great trail

Monday, May 18, 2015

You will get a lot of nature, lush greens, and water areas in here. Theres a couple of trails to choose from but my favorite is the cascades trail which brings you to a small waterfall. If you start at the Ellicott city part, you will have great work out as you will climb first then climb down to get to the falls. I saw some biking, but the trail is very slippery during fall and late part of winter. I haven't hiked here on summer but I guess it shouldn't be a problem then.
My dog was with us during the hike and he definitely loved it!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My unit will usually come out here and make us do Land Navigation training, its a fun trail to walk on.

Although last time i went through, i was very sick. still fun to do.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I love this place!
5120 South Street, Baltimore, MD 21227
That is the address to the major part of the park. A lots of different trails, but bring GPS Water Falls, hiking, and biking. Shallow river for kids and dogs. Great for dogs because there's steams of water for them to drink from, a long the trails.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The trails at this location off of Route 40 are a bit limited, but good. I have been twice and have only located two trails, the ranger trail and the river trail. The river trail is short but more scenic, while the ranger trail is a bit longer. There is a charge during the week of $2 to use the park, so I would imagine they must have more than just the two trails, but I can't seem to find them! Not bad short hikes, especially for its proximity to the beltway.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Steep trails but fun to climb up and down as you go towards the Patapsco River. Great for dogs.

mountain biking
Monday, February 20, 2012

I entered the park at the McKeldin Recreational Area in Marriotsville. Has about 9 miles of loops that vary in skill level but nothing too crazy. Lots of horse traffic so be careful where you ride and try not to get kicked by a startled horse.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Great loop trail with a number of differences in scenery. Good elevation and uphill runs, long straightaway in the middle. Good for a 4 mile run if you do the loop twice.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Very pretty with lots of scenis water. Most of it is easy, with a few interesting places.

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