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Dont be afraid to go off the beaten path. The bridge is cool and all, but you need to go in the woods and check out the old cotton mill it’s graffitied up an alot of the old machinery is in the remains of the building! Its very cool and i would recommend checking it out.

Didn't make it the whole way to Washington Monument just due to timing. The hike up Bartman Hill Trail is on the steeper side and there was a stream coming down the trail. Once on the AT the trail is mostly flat with only slight elevation gain. We saw a copperhead and a black rat snake on the trail. Some sections of the trail were quite muddy, but easy enough to walk through or on the side off without getting off trail. There are bathrooms near the lake. Entrance fee for the park is $5/person if you are out of state, and I think $3/person if you are in state.

mountain biking
1 day ago

I love Bacon Ridge. I have not ridden there since Sept 5 2018 and wondering how the conditions are. Too muddy to ride?

mountain biking
1 day ago

I rode this trail on Saturday 9/15. There are some leaves down already and they were wet. In fact, it was quite muddy out there but I enjoyed it. One fallen tree blocking the trail around mile 4 (clockwise). Overall conditions good but muddy.

hiking
2 days ago

TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATE: Any and all trails leading to the severely damage Grist Mill trail are CLOSED. Forest Glen, Pigs Run and Nun's Run in the Hilton Tire Park Area are all CLOSED.
The ONLY trail OPEN in this location is the Santee Branch Trail. The entire Santee is Open.

Also note: The Sawmill and mostly All the trails in the HILLTOP area are also CLOSED due to blasting at the dam removal project. One trail is OPEN up at S. Hilltop Rd. but it's only a Out and Back on Buzzard's leading to the Ilchester Rocks over top the train bridge.

TRAIL CLOSURES UPDATE:
The entire Grist Mill Trail is still CLOSED due to the damage it received during the Memorial Day storm. The River Road Trail is NOW CLOSED due to blasting up at the dam. They blasted a hole in the dam on Sept 11. The complete road trail leading to the dam above the swinging bridge is now board off.

MESSAGE ALERT REGARDING TRAILS:
All of the Soapstone Trails ( Inner and Outer Loops ) are OPEN. Plenty of access and parking in the Upper Glen Artney section. The entire pond area is still CLOSED. The Grist Mill Trail is CLOSED and so are any trails leading to it. Vineyard, Backside of Nun's are CLOSED and now completely fenced off. The Santee Branch Trail has been OPEN and so is the fire road access to the main Santee.

hiking
2 days ago

Well kept, many altitude changes. Not as close to the water as it seems on the map. The pay off is the beach. We started on Morgan Mill and took the left fork which took us around to finish at Loch Raven Dr at the beach.

A few of the trails in this area are closed due to the blasting of the Bloede Dam. They blow a hole in the dam on the Howard County side on Sept 11, 2018. For me to comply with the notice of TRAIL CLOSURES, I decided to simply blaze my own via GPS. Basically, any trail leading to the damaged Grist Mill is closed. Because of this, most trails that are open are Out and Back. Sorry, I am not a out and back kinda guy. The park is open, the woods are ours but the trails are closed. Fine, just don't hike on the trails. Great to get out after a week of rain and bombing heat. I saw over 15 deer in the woods today. I got my shots of the dam project I wanted. By the way, The River Rd. trail on the other side of the park is closed too. Why don't they want us to enjoy the view of the dam removal. They don't blast everyday. Only on 9/11 ???

Perfect hike with the family and our 3 yr. old Lab.

The Food System Lab @ Cylburn ran by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is a nice bonus on Sunday. Baltimore is a great city!

Beautiful walk with spectacular views at the Annapolis Rocks overview!!

Saw a surprising amount of wildlife in a short period of time.

AMAZING! Walkers, Bikers, furry friends, young & old, men & women, couples, singles culturally diverse. That's what makes America Great!

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

I'm giving this three stars only because today it was a bit of a mess. This is really a horse trail. This time of year there are places that are very overgrown, and the trails are more like wildlife paths. The worst part was that the trail connections aren't there anymore. Saw Mill Road west to Saw Mill Road trail was blocked by tree trunks and debris from bulldozer cleanup (we were hoping to get to loop 2 and back to Hashawa). So instead, we continued through the zig zags, a ground wasp nest (ouch)and was stopped by the Big Pike Creek. I don't know if this is normally walkable, but it definitely wasn't crossable by foot today. We have had a lot of rain, so it was very deep, and there was no bridge in sight. We had to double back , and after three hours of hiking, we just had a friend pick us up, lol! See my uploaded photo.

Nice variety of trail loops with same great views.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a great little walk. Only thing keeping it from being a 5 star is how heavily trafficked it is. Still lovely for an evening walk

mountain biking
3 days ago

Nice and easy trail. clockwise is much more challenging. W more climbs. Watch out for self centered arrogant hikers who think standing in the middle of the trail is ok

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail the only drawback is sharing the trail with mountain bike riders. Nearly twisted my knee trying to get out if the way of a mountain biker. Had to step off the trail quite a few times that day for riders. Other than that great hike. Bring water you will need it.

beautiful views, the overgrown nature gives a feeling of being enclosed in a sort of forest fairytale at some points. Amazing view of baybridge, the eastern shore, tankers, annapolis, and the naval academy.

I'd like to note that biking this trail is super fun too.

while a good hike.... very Hot ... not much shade for most of it... BRING PLENTY OF WATER

I go here all the time with my dogs..I like it because I feel pretty safe, it's a decent walk and for those with kids there's a playground and farm( when open) .Hint ..if you access from kinder farm park rd take the left to the ballfields and either park at the fields or follow all the way back like I do and avoid the entry fee..you can access the path from anywhere..driving in you have to pay, walking no.

Took the orange down to the beach and then back. About 5 miles. Peaceful little trail

Walked trail from Annie's playground about 2 miles out. My kiddos tired quickly. Beautiful playground and great paved trail. Nice mix of walkers and bikers. Many families, couples and singles were out and about.

nice ride. beautiful scenery and the bikers are friendly and respectful

Would not rate as easy but great views.

Good trail and decent workout as well. Ran into several deer on my hike. Would do it again.

The initial climb is a good workout. But once you get to the ridge, there are a few spots with a view. Unfortunately we hiked it on a rainy day and were pushing to finish before dusk (had a late start). Climbing the ridge and the descent on the back end of the trail was also very scenic. One of the better trails in this area.

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