Explore the most popular trail running trails near Cockeysville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good trail. I took the yellow trail (the 4 mile one) and it was peaceful, only saw a couple of other people towards the beginning and end of the trail. There is a nice little bench and pond area about halfway where you can sit and relax. Definitely will do it again

Trail is not well marked or maintained. There was lots of trash and spider webs every few steps...would not recommend

Great trail! We went off the trail for a while due to unmarked pathways, and found it interestingly challenging but manageable. We eventually merged with Merryman’s Mill loop.

it was fun and we had to fight it through

Nice flat trail for cruising

nature trips
1 month ago

Hike is lame but there is an informative nature center

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful old growth forest. It doesn’t drain well and is overgrown with brush in tighter sections. More of an obstacle course in places than pace running. Pretty isolated, but convenient to Towson. Parking alongside road on Seminary.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a loop trail combining the loggers trail and the yellow trail at this park. It is visually appealing as you feel like you are away from the city. Unfortunately, the road noise will remind you that you are not. Has good ups and downs and some river crossings which were quite fun (good balance and coordination will help or you might get wet). There are other trails and fire roads connected so you need to look up every now and then to make sure you are on the right trail. Trail is mostly well marked on the trees (some markings are a bit faded on the yellow trail) Overall fun little hike. I clocked in at 4.46 miles.

Easy traveling, this is my go-to trail for riding. Beautiful scenery and plenty of stopd, if needed. Sometimes gets a bit crowded but always enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy to moderate trail... only moderate because of some water crossings and a few short steep ascents.

This is definitely a runnable trail for nearly the entire way—just a few places where you would need to walk.

trail running
2 months ago

Fun, easy trails with a few water crossings.

Very, very nice trail

Great trail and workout but difficult to find the trail at times and it isn’t well maintained. Bring the app and you will be fine.

Nice trail!

This place just holds a special place in my heart. It's not a difficult hike, although on certain loops it can be challenging (in the best way). Great hike for the pups because there's a lot of water for them to swim in! I miss the old lake area, but aside from that, it's still a great place for a short or long hike, depending on your mood.

Good hike but the trail is hard to find in some places. The first part along the water is basically on the edge of a cliff and can be a bit challenging. Was pretty muddy and slippery in spots.

Fun trail with lots of smaller trails you can connect to. There's also a creepy underground room, an old family cemetery, and part of the foundation for the Merryman house if you want to explore at little. Only downside to this trail is people frequently let their dogs off leash despite the signs.

As compared to other trails on here, I think that this falls under 'moderate' based on creek crossings and elevation changes! That said.. wonderful hike and great place to bring your dog.

This was a 7-mile outing as a recovery activity, after a super-hilly 11.5 mi run the day before. I hiked at 4.3 mph (13:57 min/mi), on the North Central Railroad Trail, starting northward from the Monkton trailhead, turning around at Wiseburg Rd/Schoolhouse Rd, in GFSP. However, I took two pics, and recorded only 1.3 mi of this activity — the 25F weather led me to turn the GPS off and focus on the hike. This is an awesome trail and I will be returning.

great trails. scenic. some tough hills, but good for training for longer ventures.

trail running
9 months ago

This is an alternately easy and challenging loop that is part of the larger Merryman's Mill Trail system that surrounds Loch Raven Reservoir. Start at the Delaney Valley Road trail head parking just south of the bridge crossing the reservoir. There you'll find three trail heads. For this loop, take the farthest right trail. The left-most trail is a fire road that is wider, but has more elevation.

The first ~1.3 miles of the loop follows the shoreline for some great views. Be warned however that this part is not marked at all and in the fall there is a lot of trail blindness due to poor trail maintenance and fallen leaves hiding the path. It's also very challenging as much of the trail is at an angle...it is narrowly carved into the ridge. A false step at points and you're on your way into the water. There are also many fallen trees, so this trail is not maintained. FWIW, I have no idea how one would navigate this at the height of summer when it's likely overgrown.

Eventually the trail turns uphill and meets up with the main trail/fire road.

From that point there's some highly enjoyable single track that winds around Merryman Point for more beautiful views and pleasantly challenging running. You'll come to a clearing underneath powerlines, where you can keep going to follow the shoreline further or turn left and run a short distance under the lines until you hit the main trail again (this is what I did). Here, turn right to keep exploring northward; turn left to head south back toward the start (this is what I did to complete the loop).

From there, the trail will be wider and better maintained, but straighter. You can eventually branch off left to find more single track or stay straight on the wider fire road (this is what I did). It's a pleasant, but hilly and grinding, climb for a while before you descend back to the parking lot.

Overall, a good loop, but I would probably not recommend the first section during the spring/summer. I can only imagine how hard it would be to stay on the trail, nevermind the ticks, poison ivy, etc. Also if you are seeking a more leisurely hike, steer clear. However, the main trail and fire road are probably fine in any season.

Great weather for hike.

This is a very scenic ride with some rarely noticeable elevation. The trail is in good shape, mostly dual track with some areas that narrow, making it hard to pass. The mileage is well marked and accurate, making it easy to create a loop of any length. The trail has light traffic during weekdays, but can get very heavy on the weekends.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Very nice gravel trail to bike. Trailhead can be accessed in a neighborhood but the main parking lot is at mile marker .03 which is no big deal. Best to start early in the day as it can be fairly packed late morning or afternoon.

Excellent

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nice trail but very crowded. Lots of rude trail joggers with no trail etiquette. Several times they would just run right behind you without a word. The trail itself is not really blazed well.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great hike that's easy to customize. There are a few sections of the yellow trail that I would call moderate, but overall it's easy and well-marked. Nice pond at almost the halfway point where you can stop for a break. I love finishing with the orange trail as I head back to the parking lot. Although I was sad to see that the old log bridge finally broke, the new one is probably a lot safer.

Love love this trail. Great for everything. Biking, walking or running. Family & pet friendly. It's a flat dirt trail. The Gunpowder River runs along side of it. Things to see at different areas along the way!

Depending on the day, you can have a really relaxing walk or a nearly stressful jaunt with too many bikers, dogs, and kids.

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