Prettyboy Reservoir Hemlock Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

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.

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13 days ago

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19 days 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.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and fun!

1 month ago

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hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

horseback riding
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago