Soldiers Delight-Serpentine Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews

Soldiers Delight-Serpentine Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Owings Mills, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles
216 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running




wild flowers




Easiest to navigate trail at Soldiers Delight. Typically muddy in the spring and fall, some stream crossing and great views

10 days ago

Rocky trail, easy. Watch your footing - I sprained an ankle. well marked and maintained.

2 months ago

Nice area, good for one hour hike, part of it can be muddy right after rain.

2 months ago

This trail is definitely more on the "easy" side of moderate. Lightly traveled with interesting flora at parts, especially in Summer months. Trail does get muddy after periods of extended rain.

4 months ago

Easy, scenic hike with some rocky terrain where you need to watch your footing. Portions of the covered areas were quite muddy today due to the recent rain. I recommend going in the early part of the morning to avoid the heat, as much of the trail is unshaded.

5 months ago

nice for the doggos

6 months ago

simple trail to get fresh air before spring arrives.

6 months ago

Great walk a few stream crossings
Looking forward to coming back once grass is greener

9 months ago

Good year around trail. Easily accessible near the parking lot on Deer Park Rd. or next to Solders Delight visitor center. Some rocky, hilly washed out terrain but always an interesting trail to navigate. Great views.

10 months ago

nice hike for dogs. interesting ecosystem for the baltimore metro area. worth while.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Nice hike, convenient to OM.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nice easy hike for a beginner. Some areas were slightly tricky because of erosion, and it seems like it could get messy when it's wet after rains. This was very convenient and easy to find but once on the trail doesn't feel like you're only 5 minutes from the highway. The visitor's center is lovely and they have lots of activities posted at least for the summer. Mostly clean as well - only had to pick up three pieces of trash I found and two were in the parking lot.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Sunday, February 19, 2017

nice trail. this was our first hike. a good trail to break in our new shoes and walking sticks. great trail for a nice 2-3 hour quick hike. a lot of people on the trail and dogs but there was enough time that we were alone on the trail

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A very enjoyable and rather easy hike even on this July summer day at noontime in 90+ degree heat. Most of the trail is in full sunlight. Only about 1/2 mile of it is in the shade. Do visit the visit center if you have the time and if it is open. Very knowledgeable staff. I learned a lot about serpentine rock/soil, chromite, and grassland ecology, and what made this place so unique not just in Maryland, but in the entire eastern seaboard.

trail running
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Nice trail. Ran the Choate Mine, Red Run and part of the Dolfield trail sections. Could not figure out how to continue the Dolfield Trail from the 1.3 point on this map, back to Choate Trail. Ended up out on Dolfield Rd and took that back to Deer Pk Rd. Brought home an unwanted guest...a tick of some kind!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Great trail. Only thing is that our dog got 4 ticks... Still counting

Sunday, May 08, 2016

This trail is rated moderate but would probably consider it rather easy. Wet in many spots thanks to the forty days and forty nights of rain previously!

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Ended up lost, some areas do not have signs. Almost beware of ticks and chiggers.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Amazing! I love it!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This trail is great if you're looking for an easier hike. I come here a couple times a month and it never gets old. The savannah is beautiful! Some of the other Soldiers Delight trails left me with a lot of tick bites so make sure to check yourself afterwards. However, I've never had ticks after this trail.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WOW - what a great area with a lot of natural history - this is a great hike and will do it again. JUST FYI - keep your valuables secure - my car was broken into in the parking lot. DO NOT LET THAT CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT THE HIKE OR THE AREA - Beautiful area and I will be back. Car breaks ins are done by heartless idiots and can happen anywhere!! I will be back!!

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Had an excellent time was a excellent Trail to use of radio controlled Axial Wraith

trail running
Thursday, September 25, 2014

I used to run this trail often. Great terrain change pretty views and not very crowded!

Monday, September 08, 2014

We are a family of five. Wife, husband 7 year old, 8 year old and a 5 month old. We did the Serpentine trail for our very first hike ever. I had my baby wrapped in a carrier and we were off. My girls loved it. We nearly forgot we were in Maryland. The terrain is rocky, we passed a small stream, and there was a point where I felt like we were in the Hunger Games lol. Long story short we loved it, perfect for a novice hiker. Now I am growing to love hiking.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It might only be a long, rocky hike to most people. But if you understand geology and ecology, this hike is amazing.

I decided to hike it in the middle of Summer, which may have seemed like a mistake, but it was a great experience. When crossing the LARGE serpentine field, with nearly no shade and scrub grass all around, I nearly forgot I was in Maryland.

If you are interested in just what makes this place so special, check this out...

There are plants, tress and certain types of rocks/minerals you will only find in areas like this and no where else.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Not much to look at when you do this trail. Boring and rocky.

Monday, August 26, 2013

I grew up hiking this trail as it was literally in my back yard as a kid. Our property backed up to Soldiers Delight so as kids we were on these trails all the time. Its actually a great little hike not far from Reisterstown Rd. near Franklin Blvd. and easy to get to from 795. You can park at the overlook and hike the loop. Its got some rocky terrain areas but for the most part it is pretty easy hiking. There is an old mine back there off the trail that's pretty cool if you can find it. I have found all kinds of cool animals and things on the trails, from an old turtle shell to broken off deer antlers. There is a ranger station on the loop, and I am not sure if they still do it but years ago they did a Halloween hike thing at the rangers station that was spooky and fun for kids. This is a great place to bring your dog as long as your dog is medium to large, may be hard to get a little Yorkie through some sections. There is one main trail that has Deer Park Rd. running through it, but there are smaller loops on both sides of the road if you don't feel like crossing a road. Unfortunately you can't mountain bike there, but its great for dogs, hiking, and trail running. Enjoy

Sunday, March 03, 2013

What a surprise to find this interesting and rare geological site in the middle of Baltimore County. The history and detail of the Soldiers Delight area is reason enough to just visit. Today's hike was under slate gray skies with a cold Northerly wind. The conditions and late winter season created a space devoid of color except for the serpentine color of the trail (hence the name.) It was a great hike with the dog and a reluctant 17 year old. Definitely try it. It's not easy with multiple changes in elevation and a rocky trail. Here's a warning though: in the summer there is absolutely no shade for most of the trail. That and the rocks will make this very hot!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Great little hike. Not too tough, though it was rough terrain. Lot of birds, baby snake crossed the trail in front of me. Trails at Soldiers Delight look and feel like dry stream beds. Short commute for me and was relaxing and fun. Trail crosses a couple of streams, may get wet feet.

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