Soapstone Trail to Grist Mill Trail Loop

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Soapstone Trail to Grist Mill Trail Loop is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Catonsville, Maryland that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles
295 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

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wild flowers


This is a Great Trail Loop in the Glen Artney Area. Park at the Restroom by the inner stoned Soapstone Trail-head (Orange) and hike up to the paved park road. Turn right and go onto the Santee Branch Trail (White) and follow it all the way to the Power-line Trail that connects you to the Nunnery Trail. The Nunnery Trail ends at the walk through Stone Tunnel. You are now on the Grist Mill Trail. Turn left and head to the other Tunnel that you drive through. Half of this Loop is paved. Only the beginning of the Trail is uphill. A spot-a-pot is also located at Lost Lake (Pond) if needed before you hike back to your car.

11 months ago

There is no "Sandstone" Trail. There is a "Soapstone" Trail. It looks like "Sandstone" consists of Soapstone to Santee to Nunnery to Grist Mill. Where Soapstone first connects at park road, you should turn right, not left. We went left and had to double back. Where Santee meets Vineyard, we took Vineyard to Grist Mill due to lack of time. Vineyard bisects the "Sandstone" loop, more or less. Nice hike, beautiful green scenery, tall, mature, majestic trees. Path single file at times, mainly shaded. Start at Soapstone is steep; rest that we hiked was flat, slight incline, or downhill. If you drive into park, it's $3 per person in car. Some easy stream crossings. Need to pay attention to tree roots and rocks in some trail stretches.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017