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The Trolly Trail is a nearly straight, paved path and that's about a mile and a half one way. It's pretty underwhelming. Basically just a stretch of bike path. But, protip if you're hoping for a little adventure: stay off the path. Hike through the riverbed instead. You'll come across all kinds of interesting stuff. It's all traversable, with a little rock hopping and and some climbing. And in the spots where the riverbed diverges from the path--which happens a lot--you'll see some of the most beautiful and interesting formations. Definitely recommended for the riverbed adventure, not so much for the bike path.
It was a great day for a hike with temperatures in the 70's. We started at Ellicott City and hiked up to The Breadery. We even stopped by and said hi to Jay at the corner Country Store. On the way back we took a side trail to the historic Banneker's Park. We saw lots of birds and even a few small woodpeckers. The trails is well marked and we enjoyed the history information about Benjamin Banneker. It was Sunday so the museum was closed but you are allowed to walk the grounds and even have a picnic... On the way back we stopped and had lunch at the Trolley Stop Restaurant. Great Trolley Burger with ham and fries.
We were not fans of this trail. Leaving the parking lot, there's a small pond which was pretty nice but that's about as good as this hike gets. The trail features power-lines and goes under Interstate 70 which you can hear for most of the hike. A portion of the trail is paved which we were also not fans of. The out and back portion leads to an underwhelming view of the Patapsco. The trail itself is well maintained and for the most part is marked pretty clearly, just follow the blue trail marks. We probably won't be doing this hike again.
Ashley M. on Centennial Park Trails
Easy to walk. Some small inclines and declines. All paved. Less crowded at sunset and gorgeous; bring a flashlight if you're still out when it's dark!