Explore the most popular walking 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.

18 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 )

1 month ago

Easy and short trail but there are 1-2 steep areas where heavier set individuals may have trouble with footing.

1 month ago

Pretty easy trail, wonderful views of the river and even some spots that you can get down on the banks. I guess people can swim there since there were a lot of sandals and trash thrown around on some areas. We took the trail further down than what was on the app and found some nicer spots to view the river from. Overall my 6 year old had no problems. The way back up was a little rough since we were so hot but it wasn't to bad. I don't know how easy it would be if it had just rained as it seems like it would be hard due to the steepness of some areas so it probably gets slippery.

Good two hour walk. Saw a great old abandoned house with a vulture sitting on the roof. Great river access. Will be back with our kayaks!

1 month ago

I agree with the other reviews that this trail is more on the moderate end, especially if you're caught in the rain while on it like me. I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath going back up. Overall a good trail, just be prepared.

Great hike today!!!! Dam project is underway but does not limit this hike. Grist Mill section is paved. Carried the 2 year old in the pack down and up, a few rocky seconds but we would do it again. He had a great time throwing sticks in the river and walking through the tunnel. Beware of limited parking at the Hilltop entrance, it was full even on this chilly day (Sunday) and we'll be making a DNR "donation" for unauthorized parking. We will do this one again!

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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

I was done by 12 noon and it was already 90 degrees out. Be sure to carry plenty of water. I have now hiked this area many different ways. As I look at other recordings I see that people are missing the High Ridges. There is the one on the ( Backside of Daniels ) and the other is the ( Church Loop No: 1 ). Being a retire senior it's easy for me to hike during the weekdays. The parking here is now limited so beware of a crowd on weekends. The DNR closed off a large parking area we used in the pass. The canoe lot is always full so you need to park in front of the dam. The dam area has become a swimming hole and the DNR is not happy about that. Some people just can't read !!

Just the best hike! Took four kids from 4-10 years old and everyone had a great hike. Beautiful to see spring rising

it nice during the week, get a little bit more crowded on the weekends

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

It’s more of a moderate trail rather than easy because the walk back up is terrible

5 months ago

Nice after work walk and nice views of the river and railroad bridge.

Loved it. Great place to take photos. A little slippery owing to all the mud but it is winter!

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

Beautiful lake, very kind friendly

Flat hike not difficult. Beautiful scenery in the fall. Parking terrible on the weekend. Go during a weekday.

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.

Awesome trail.

The parking here for one is a joke. So much trail and acreage here I'm astounded there's not more space available for parking. Is there a secret parking lot?? Anyway, there's no markers whatsoever for Mcdaniels which is fine if you're using the app and most of the trail is just along the river anyway. Some of the little loops weren't obviously marked. We literally had to stand looking at the map on the app walking step by step and look down to see where the trail picked up. Sort of odd. The trail is nice. It's quiet here.

11 months ago

Not sure about the easy rating. Someone like myself who is out of shape found the hill back up a little tough. I may have come back up on a different trail though. Lol. Cool trail though. Water is awesome and the railroad tracks are cool.

Trail is solid and allows for access to see several types of terrain and very few other hikers on the trail.

There is one spot where markings for the trail under the power lines could be better. I wound up on a small adventure on an unnamed trail which led under the freeway and most of the way to Ellicott City.

Great place for jogging,walking and fishing,etc.

Great trail for the area!

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.

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.

Date 3/2/2017 Great hike. Best to hike this trail counterclockwise so that you can several
small waterfalls.

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