Soapstone Trail Loop is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Catonsville, Maryland that features a river 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: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

Directions from Baltimore, MD: Travel Interstate 695 to U.S. Highway 40 / West Frederick Road exit. Proceed 2 miles. Turn left on South Rolling Road. Proceed just past the I-195 Park and Ride and park on the right side of the road. Trailhead is located just to the right of the wide section of the shoulder. Chances are cars will already be parked there.

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3 days ago

Heavily traveled. Nice easy hike , well marked.

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rocky
3 days ago

Really like this trail!!! Difficulty is moderate. there are a few big inclines, but most of the trail is flat. has a few steep downhills. Beautiful scenery, but trail is narrow. you can bike or walk. Also dogs are welcome! Great morning workout!

hiking
7 days ago

Took the counter clockwise loop which made for a pleasant downhill jaunt with a nice leisurely uphill walk back to the car. Probably saw eight bikes total with plenty of room to stand off-trail while they passed. The parking lot was full but I was surprised there weren't that many people on the trail today. A little muddy but crossings were all fine.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice, not too hard but LOADS of bikers here who get annoyed if they have to slow down as the trail is narrow in some places. Also lots of off leash dogs.

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muddy
30 days ago

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scramble
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Went last Saturday with my partner and had lots of fun. Didn't do the full trail but rather a shorter loop of it. There was some adventure to be had with navigating through mud on a fallen tree and navigating crossing a short but steep cliff. We ran into other hikers every 10 minutes or so.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun Trail! Lots of ups and downs and the stream crossing was fun!

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I got so lost

hiking
4 months ago

I liked this trail a lot. It was well marked and easy for myself and the dog in most places. I did get lost on the way back because it wasn’t as well marked by the playground area, however I found it in the end. It can be muddy so be prepared.

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private property
4 months ago

lots of branching pathways, great for if you just wanna go in the woods and explore for a few hours! try to keep track of where you are, and keep track of the trail blazes around you

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muddy
4 months ago

muddy
4 months ago

Great moderate hike! Very easily accessible via the park and ride in catonsville. A little muddy in places and there is one small stream crossing. I'll definitely be back!

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muddy
4 months ago

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muddy
5 months ago

Beautiful early winter conditions: sunny, but muddy. Found new trails thanks to this app

hiking
6 months ago

Popular spot from what I can tell! Lovely woods and streams, well maintained trail. One tree down with some scrub but not at all an issue to pick over and looked very recent. The loop is great, and there are picnic tables in the middle.

hiking
7 months ago

Great experience. We all had a great time and will hike here again.

mountain biking
8 months ago

This is a great short , somewhat technical loop ,roots and rocks.but when dry its fast. But you must,watch out for others using the Trail kids and seniors are regulars.Some spots are narrow and an incounter with a hiker or another biker could get dicey. Taking a header down a revien not good to avoid a crash. Please be a kind trail user.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail! Not too much traffic and the path was smooth. Great for a trail run!

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail I’ve hiked it a lot of times. Can get crowded sometimes with hikers and bikers. Gets very muddy in spots after a good rain. Relatively easy hike with a few uphills. There are a few stream crossings without bridges or logs to cross so you will need to get your feet wet or walk across rocks.

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rocky
9 months ago

Nice trail with plenty of elevation changes. There are lots of alternate trails to take to increase the distance and challenge, too. Very lush and woodsy.

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10 months ago

Very fun to take this all the way down to the river and wade through the water to cool off! Not very buggy which is great.

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muddy
10 months ago

Very nice trail which gives several transitions and has some slight elevation gains. It can be done within a reasonable amount of time (1.5 hr to 2 depending on your pace). I would suggest not going on this after a rain, the hardpack clearly will become very slick. A good pair of technical sandals are fine for footwear, but there are some mud patches which we were able to get around so ideally good hiking boots or trail shoes and I would suggest long pants because this trail is pretty narrow in many areas and there is A LOT of poison ivy along the edge so keep this in mind if you are in shorts, sandals or have to scooch over to allow other hikers or cyclists through. The tricky thing about this trail is that we went counterclockwise starting out from S Rolling Rd, and ended up at the furthest southernmost point where the trail doubles back, which is where it gets very unclear where the trail goes. It is here that if you continue straight across the creek, you will see a pavilion and a sign for "Soapstone Trail". So that is a subtle difference, this is called "Soapstone Trail LOOP" which brings you to along parts of Soapstone trail essentially (there is a big sign clearly announcing it but it becomes confusing because, after all, you are on a trail called "Soapstone Trail Loop"). The main difference here is, if you extend on to that trail you will be adding about a mile and even the hike on here called "Soapstone Trail" (https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/maryland/soapstone-trail--2?ref=sidebar-static-map) is different from the dark purple blazed section across the road by the pavilion. If you compare the two and the point at the pavilion you will clearly see what I am saying. Also, the dark purple can be really hard to see in low light conditions so be aware, there are many intersecting trails along this route and if you are out later in the day, please take this into consideration as one wrong turn and you could be out in the woods in the dark. We were there around 5:30/6:00 so with the woods getting dark this could have been an issue. We made the error of not realizing that the TRAIL DOUBLES BACK BEFORE YOU HIT THE CREEK. It's a really sharp double back and you do actually cross a smaller creek but it's not obvious if you don't know what to look for! So if you hit the pavilion you may have gone too far (even though you will see a big sign for "Soapstone Trail"). I say "may" because it's not terribly clear to me from either the map nor being on the ground just exactly where the very "bottom" of the loopback is. This would hold true heading out either clockwise or counterclockwise, the double back though coming from a clockwise direction would be more clear. The way we went, it's really hard to tell that the trail doubles back at that point, you have to look backwards up the hill on the other side of the creek, there is a blaze on a small tree that is hard to see. Even then there are a few places where the blaze is not clear. Not really a huge deal but if you are out later, be aware of this, and while we technically didn't hit the last few feet of this loop, I personally think it's probably easier to double back before crossing the creek to the road/pavilion.

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