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

Easy, but fun! Had it at four stars, but then I thought “it’s perfect for what it is.” Five stars!

19 days ago

So once again my Local State Park Patapsco -Avalon is closed due to flooding again. I loop this area a few different ways which averages from 2.5 or 3 miles. It's all a flat paved path around the lake but it also has a few earthen trails too which takes you along the lake for fishing It's designed for All people, pets and bikers. There is shady sections but also quite a few areas in the sunny, so beware of the heat and carry water if needed. Today, It was super crowded but there is plenty of parking in a few different locations. You can also park at the Sports Complex. Best of All ( IT"S FREE )

nature trips
2 months ago

This was a nice trail. It is very short so we added a couple of trail sections to it from the Old ranger Trail (blue) which made it about 2 miles. Still short but it was nice. We have had a lot of rain lately so around the pond was really muddy, but that gave us the chance to spy various animal tracks, which is one reason we went to begin with. Overall nice little walk today.

3 months ago

It was alright

Great walk for family with strollers! Ample coverage from the sun, beautiful trail, easy hike. Perfect for walking with littles!

5 months ago

A beautiful paved trail that is a great option when the others are muddy or snowy. Had a great time.

6 months ago

I nice walk. We take the grandson and our Golden Retriever as often as possible. The side trails are nice as well if you don't have small children with you.
Question - description above says the trail is 1.25 miles long but the out and back is 3.4 miles. I am an old guy and probably just don't understand new math but this just doesn't add up?? Does anyone know how long the trail is??

Nice easy trail. Like the open and shade it offers. Can get busy in the spring with bikes.

A nice walking trail if you want to get out for a stroll

Beautiful lake, very kind friendly

10 months ago

My first trail on my journey and didn't regret it at all. Lot's of people doing varied activities and a friendly atmosphere.

It's a gem off the beaten path. I found it on accident while exploring old town Ellicott City. It was raining and still a pleasant hike thanks to the tree cover. Turns out a friend's parents live right off the trail and they recommended checking it out in the fall.

Great place for jogging,walking and fishing,etc.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nice trail once you find it since the trailhead is not well marked. Need to go up staircase from parking lot off Ouella Ave.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

very short, but fun :)

on Centennial Lake Loop

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Beautiful easy walk around the lake. Plenty of room for walkers, joggers, strollers, people with dogs. The only problem was today I was pushing my husband in the wheelchair, so a few of the hills were pretty tough. ALSO...they need to have a porta-potty somewhere on the trail. Half-way, maybe??

Monday, August 07, 2017

Lovely lake with paved trail around it; only moderately crowded except on Saturday mornings when whole running groups come through. It's also a nice place just to take a picnic on the dock or on the picnic tables by the kids' playground. It's a good place to learn to kayak as the lake is a manageable size.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nice scenic walk through the woods. Will definitely be doing this one more.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

bello, facile e tranquillo ,la giornata di ieri nn era molto bella ma è stato comunque fattibile

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Very easy walk for beginners. It's a peaceful walk.

on Centennial Lake Loop

Monday, February 20, 2017

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!

Monday, January 16, 2017

great walking trail, good family place, easy walking, well maintained trail. lots of geese and ducks to look at.
great photography opportunities.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great park. Multiple inclines but easy walk.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Easy for beginners like me. The lake is beautiful and there are lots of activities you can do there. Can be busy on weekends.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Nice easy hike

road biking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Pretty sweet short ride on my bike.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

walked path to ellicott city it is a nice, paved path shaded by many trees

Sunday, August 14, 2016

First hike after 4 months off from foot surgery. Date: 8/14/2016

Monday, August 01, 2016

love centennial park, have to get my walk on everyday.

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