Explore the most popular walking 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.

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.

Nice flat trail for cruising

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This is not a well marked trail to make it a loop. It's an out and back section of the NCR trail. Very disappointed it is not a hiking path more of a biking/run/walk.

Excellent

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.

The trail is extremely crowded which makes it difficult to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Beautiful setting but the state of MD is letting this jewel go rusty. For biking the trail has deteriorated over the past few years. Very bumpy, and the latest insult is the fact that they dug it up for gas lines and did not restore the trail to a decent shape. I hope some maintenance can be done on the trail

I've run the beginning 6 miles out and back twice. Beautiful stream bottom with several ports potties and water coolers in the first 6 miles. Really nice in fall with colorful leaves.

A nice trail to bike. Can easily do half out and back in a few hours. Lots of places to stop.

Easy ride that can be done with family or beginners. Has good resting points with pleasant scenery. Trail goes on for miles and had to turn around after 8 miles in. Would definitely go again!

Yes I gave this trail 5 stars. What more could you ask for in a trail. 1% or less grade, wide, clean, beautiful scenery with much of the trail next to the Gunpowder River, bathrooms at many locations along the trail. 40+ miles with 20 miles in Maryland and 20+ in Pennsylvania. A bike shop right on the trail in New Freedom PA section. And a few places to buy lunch or something to drink. A 5 star trail in my book.

Love this trail for all my long runs. Flat, quiet, well kept. It's really crowded on the weekends though, so parking can be difficult.

Great time on the North Central Trail with the family! I thought this would be a good place to get the family started with biking - it is flat, the wooded scenery is interesting and fun, and it felt like an adventure. We only adventured in 3.8 miles on the trail - there is still so much more to see!!

Perfect for long runs! Totally flat though

Another piece of useful information, the trail is the most crowded Saturday and Sunday. I go after work during the week. if you enjoy tubing on the river, there is a tube rental and snowball stand by the train station. Don't go to the snowball stand on Ashland ( in the lady's back yard). Her pets are in there while she is making your snowballs and she doesn't even have marshmallow. prices aren't great either.

I would consider this easy, not moderate. Pretty much on a flat plane. For the first two miles from the Ashland Rd Cockeysville lot, it is a lot of walkers, joggers and children on bikes. Be careful, they don't ride in straight lines and don't know " passing on the left" yet, understandable lol. From Ashland Rd, At the 7.25 mile point is the old Monkton train station. Benches there to get a breather, a pump to refill water bottles and restrooms. The fountain by the bike racks work but not the other one.

road biking
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Very nice for all purposes--walking, running, cycling and horseback riding. I am usually cycling, and start at Monkton and head north, since farther south has a number of walkers, runners and families with small children on weekends. It really is beautiful, and a nice, smooth ride on crushed stone with almost no elevation.

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