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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.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 278 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

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Facilities
Getting There

Plenty of parking is available at S. Rolling Rd. across the road from the I-195 Park and Ride. Parking is also available inside the Park up in the Glen Artney area at the trail-head. A Restroom and Water Fountain is location in the Glen Artney area near the trailhead

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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Reviews (521)
Photos (193)
Recordings (594)
Completed (752)
Brett Williams
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Hiking

Great loop trial with a challenging hill.

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Dan Haggerty
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Hiking
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Seth Marcell
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Hiking

still fecking hot

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Janet S
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

Nice trail in the woods with a lot of shade. Map was a little tricky due to reception but made sure to look for the purple trail markers. A lot of mountain bikers use the trail. It was a little challenging trying to move out of the way on the narrow parts of the trail with other hikers present because they won't stop. Beginning part of trail is overgrown but shortly opens up wider.

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Chelsea Ritter-Soronen
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Hiking

Really enjoyable to be in the shade during these hot days! Really pretty light in the morning. The trail gets a bit confusing at the halfway point, had to go a couple routes to find the right one, so just keep looking for the purple trail markers. Would be great for young kids. The creek is nice!

Isabella White
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Hiking

Beautiful trail but when you cross the creek over to the parking lot where the portapotties are, the signs are incorrect. Do not continue where the Soapstone sign is. You have to go back and cross the creek again. Shortly after, you can catch the rest off the loop off to the left.

Elizabeth Van Pate
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Hiking

Heavily wooded; surprised there weren’t a lot of bugs. Berry picking along the way. Reached the turn around point, but couldn’t find marker to take the loop back, so backtracked the same route. Lots of tempting off-path trails. A few mountain bikers; and many spots of the trail aren’t very wide for passing. Parking is easy.

Adam Kruger
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beautiful trail. great views. map is incorrect, though.

Moon Skillin
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Hiking

Lots of little offshoots to explore, but keep track of where the trail is!

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Christy Cuevas
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HikingRocky

Nice trail. My kids enjoyed the hiking.

Bailey Hurt
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Jessi Steere
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RunningBlowdownMuddy
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Larickus Coley
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Taylor Laiacona
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Hiking

Beautiful! Well kept.

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Peter DeLuca
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Narrow. Overgrown. Steep. Fun, but definitely not for beginners.

Sydni Horner
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Hiking

We really enjoyed this trail! It had a variety of paths and scenery. The only small issue was it was a tiny bit overgrown in the beginning.

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Noah Stefanowicz
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Via ferrata

Very nice trail with some great rolling hills. Saw a couple trail runners and that’s about it. Great for a hot day, cools off immediately when you get into the woods. Look out for the thorns on the overgrown area.

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Brett Williams
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Hiking

Heavily traveled. Nice easy hike , well marked.

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Cara Hardy
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HikingRocky

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!

Bethany Perkowski
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Hiking

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.

Nell Fultz
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Hiking

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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Allay Desai
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Dan McGrain
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