Sweathouse Branch West Side Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

Sweathouse Branch West Side Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kingsville, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Trail with a refreshing swimming hole near the end! This loop follows the upland forests of the fall zone, crossing a few easy streams (pretty much non-existent in the winter) and visiting a pleasant waterfall, then meanders downstream along Big Gunpowder Falls as it leaves the piedmont. Watching Big Gunpowder Falls sliding through several narrow gorges, it is hard to believe that only 5 miles downstream the falls will spread to a delta-like, broad river more than a mile wide.

hiking
3 days ago

trail running
11 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

21 days ago

Nice hike!

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Interesting trail with different tree stands and topography. Nice swimming hole, for those inclined.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty nice trail though lots of mud so be sure to bring the right shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Many of the Trails today were quite muddy. Frogs everywhere on the Stocksdale river side Trail. I took a wrong turn off the Sweathouse Trail and had to do a little less then a mile of Brazing to re-connect. Thanks for GPS and All/Trails App. and I was right back on track. Beware of a game trail right before the Long Green Creek section.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Ran all except the Wildlands section as part of a training route I prepared for half marathon trail racing. Some very challenging uphills. Very scenic! Only downside were some unleashed dogs w/ owners...two of which ran away from owners towards me and barked, even though I had stopped...kinda scary!

2 months ago

2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

I have never hiked this area before because I live in the Patapsco State Park (Avalon) and hike there daily. The only natural trail in this loop that I was pleased with was the Wildlands Trail section. I truly enjoyed the smell of all the Pine Trees. This trail is all natural. The trail along the river is covered in white rock due to heavy traffic and the tons of mud puddles. The Stocksdale trail up into the forest is a long flat incline then the trail gets very rock probably due to erosion. Yes, The trails are Well Marked but not the split trails up top. You need to know the colors of some trails first. I can see this area getting super crowded on Weekends. I did enjoy the hike but then again it was early Wednesday morning. Nice wide trail so ticks may not be a problem there.

walking
2 months ago