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15 days ago

Good trail for people who like a good workout with subtle challenge

Traveling towards Ellicott City, boardwalk portion of the trail currently fenced off.

26 days ago

The weathers has been great for the past few days and I have been racking up the miles. - Today, I hiked with the family for The Walk To End Alsheimers. - Nice overcast-ed day with just a sprinkle of rain. - Great crowd and we all had a good time. - The Walk was only 2.5 miles around the lake but there are sections you can do to increase the mileage a little more. - I also enjoy the earthen trail in the woods along the lake side. - There is shady sections but also quite a few areas in the sun. --
- Being a senior, I get into ALL Federal and State Parks free. - A.A. County Parks is a different story, but this Howard County Park is FREE OF ALL.

1 month ago

Nice cement trail around a beautiful lake. Lots of activities for all ages...definitely gonna be frequenter at the park.

Apparently this trail is closed now due to flooding. It was a good trail. I wanted a quick bike ride after work before the sun went down, and this trail on a bike took me much less time than I thought, so maybe better for a walk than a bike until they stop construction and open up the whole trail. The trail is nice and paved though!

This trail is closed until further notice due to flood damage.

PVSP Trail Crew

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

3 months ago

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

3 months 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!

3 months 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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4 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.

5 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

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

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

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

7 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!

8 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

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

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Awesome trail.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

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.

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