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The Kingsley Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clarksburg, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 108 feet Route Type: Loop

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Gentle terrain and easy hike suitable for the whole family The Kingsley trail is an easy yet very enjoyable trail which will take you the Kingsley school house. The trail is hard packed gravel with no substansial elevation changes. This would be suitable for the whole family. It is approximatelt .6 miles each way. The trail ends near the school house which has a small picnic area and very cool swinging bridge over the nearby creek. From here you could continue your journey on one of several other trails that intersect this area. Built in 1893 in an area known locally as "Froggy Hollow", the Kingsley school house served the community until it closed in 1935, when the great depression forced families to leave the area to look for work. Of the late 19th century one room school houses still existing in Montgomery County, the Kingsley Schoolhouse is one of the few that remains in an entirely unaltered state.

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16 days ago

The hike is actually on three trails/ Kingsley is the gravel road going up to the schoolhouse (do NOT count on that portapotty - it was horrific as of 6-16). You then have an uphill climb on the Purdum trail (still road, but pretty steep). You then need to turn left into the woods at the point where you have the choice of going farther up the hill. This is the cider trail. Watch out for bikes - there is not enough room to easily pass once you are in the woods. Bring bug spray, and don’t let kids wander off trail- LOTS of poison ivy. Took me (old and slow) just over an hour, with a couple of tests.

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26 days ago

Nice for a great casual hike.

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1 month ago

A beautiful walk. We went on Memorial Day, and the parking lot was full, but the trail itself was still pretty quiet and felt peaceful. The whole trail feels like you’re walking through a tunnel of trees, but the path itself is traveled and an easy walk. There are several places to go down to the creek, and the meadow by the schoolhouse was nice an open. There are picnic benches at the beginning of the trail, and near the schoolhouse. It’s an easy walk with beautiful scenery for the whole family.

Kingsley Trail is flat while Hard Cider is harder .

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Sat Jun 08 2019

Any easy hike. Look out for bikes on the trail especially where the trail narrows. The second half of the trail is a gravel road with plenty of room to share the trail.

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Sat May 18 2019

Fantastic trail with various views. There is a small path off the main drag you can hike down and take a dip in the creek. Perfect for kids, dogs, even horses. Be sure to wear big spray!

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Thu Mar 14 2019

Great small nature walk trail with some diversity in terrain. My dog loved the stream that runs parallel to the gravel path and the rocky beds made it nice to chill and watch him play. Ran the second half which was a narrow dirt path. Cool stream crosses to jump over and nice hilly spots for a challenge. Would definitely recommend and will do again.

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Sun Mar 18 2018

This is a nice trail for hiking. Not much elevation, so it’s more of a nature walk, but still very good peasant. About half of it is a gravel path and the other half is a dirt path going through the woods which was much more pleasant to walk. The gravel path runs parallel to a creek which is nice to sit by and relax. Some horse poop and muddy spots were found along the way in the walking path, so watch your step. There is a portopotty at the far end of the loop near the Kingsley Schoolhouse which I didn’t use, but good to know its there I suppose. Would definitely do this trail again if I’m looking for a light walk.

Tue Dec 19 2017

Great with kids

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Sun Feb 26 2017

Great for dogs!

Sat Dec 05 2015

Pretty trail, especially the grassy meadow part way down the trail. A nice spring runs from beneath a very large but nearly dead tree further on down the trail.

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Thu Mar 08 2012

Be prepared for lots of mud during wet seasons and flies in the summer due to horses using the trail

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