Prettyboy Reservoir Hemlock Trail

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Prettyboy Reservoir Hemlock Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Manchester, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

2.5 miles
314 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


over grown


The trail head is on Gunpowder Road .4 miles after you turn off of Hoffmanville Road and just before the bridge. Parking on the left, entrance on the right when facing the bridge.

2 days ago

Great place to hike and birdwatch. My favorite place to be in late spring

trail running
4 months ago

As already commented, it's a very nice trail but very poorly marked. Some of the stream crossings are unfeasible by foot. In some, there were horse tracks; at least for some part of the trail, it's clearly better for riding.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail, but poorly marked. I took a picture of the start of the trail by the bridge. I met another person who found this place on AllTrails, but he took a different trail. It's a fairly difficult trail with some stream crossings and overgrown patches.

6 months ago

Beautiful and fun!

7 months ago

This trail is beautiful, especially on the section just south of Walker Run. Be careful for slick, mossy rocks. I didn't have much trouble sticking to the trail because the river provides a good reference. Crossing the Gunpowder Falls before returning to Gunpowder Rd. is a little challenging if you're trying to stay dry. I needed to step on a few submerged rocks to make the crossing.

7 months ago

Hey All,

I live on one of those border properties people mention in their reviews. Thanks for keeping the area clean and pristine. If you ever see a German Shephard full of energy running around, she's nice as can be and wouldn't hurt a fly (just might play too hard) - sometimes she just roams a little too far! Her name is Stella and loves a good stick toss into the water. Feel free to play with her or tell her to go home.

Thanks again

8 months ago

Beautiful trail along the river but this isn't an easy stroll. Trail is unmarked.

horseback riding
9 months ago

Where can horse trailers be parked for day use of these trails?

10 months ago

Overall nice area, just not well maintained during early spring I guess. A lot of properties connect to the trails so you end up in back yards if you aren't careful.

10 months ago

Very nice views, but VERY difficult to follow. Multiple crossings if you want to complete. Goes along road also.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trail was not very well marked and parts were impassable. Overall good hike though, nice scenery and interesting history surrounding the Hoffman burial ground.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Very fun, adventurous hike. Will need to go off trail and climb up rocks.

trail running
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beautiful hike but not marked very well. Use caution during wet weather and snow on the ground. The rocks are very slippery.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Fun trail, wish it were longer. Only downfall is the amount of people there. Other than that beautiful

Monday, May 30, 2016

Trail was heavily overgrown and nearly impassable.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A really nice trail on a warm August morning. Spent some time climbing and chilling. Went off trail a little and blazed along the ridge. I would give it 5 stars but it was really trashy. We packed out a grocery bag full of cans. We could have filled a large trash bag easily.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Gorgeous! Took the trail along the river with our dog and my 2 year-old. The little one managed plenty of time on foot, I easily carried her in a back carrier when she needed a break, and the dog had the time of her life. Lots of sceneic access spots to the water along the way.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hiked this yesterday Took the white trail to the right first, it ended at somebody's property so you just turn around and come back. Lots of deer droppings. Walked back and took the white trail to the left. Make sure to watch for the markers. One minute, every fifth tree was marked and the next, none. Hiked down toward the river bank since it was still trail. Ground cover got pretty thick and decided to just go up. Took what ended up being a trail past a large section of rocks with a cave. Work your way up to the fire road if you get thrown off and you'll be fine.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Great trail. One that follows the river is some great single track, where at some points you need 3 points of contact to go thru. There are also easier trails that will take you to the same destination. We around here know the trail as paradise and it truly is one of the prettiest spots in this area.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The upper trail includes is a great uphill climb on a fire road and a downhill hike through what looks to be an old river bed. One of the side trails leads to a great swimming hole. It was challenging for our dog and our eight year old, but it is manageable.

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