Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Maryland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Accidentally took the blue trail and 6 miles became 11. Still a great hike on a well marked trail.

Is such a beautiful place, I recommend this if you like natural trails. This place is a dog friendly, horse friendly. The trails might be a little confusing , so I’ll recommend take a picture of the map or take your phone with you in case you get a little lost. Love this place.

Great hike. It was very windy.

blue/white trail is moderately challenging. very well marked. beautiful views, even in winter.

11 days ago

Very nice outing with our dog. Surprisingly we met very few other hikers.

A little muddy but very enjoyable. All the dogs we saw were on leashes, which I appreciated.

Beautiful trail, nice mix of sceneries. The trail is actually 7 miles.

This was a great hike! Good workout, great scenery, but super muddy- almost impassable- at spots. This trail is incredibly well marked, IF you can pay attention to the bright orange blazes that are everywhere! No, there’s no signs pointing you in the right direction, but there’s hundreds of orange blazes! Easy to make this into a full six miles. Will return here often!

13 days ago

I love hiking at Gambrill and the Yellow trail is especially beautiful in the spring when the mountain laurel is blooming and the ferns blanket each side of the trail in places. I deducted a star from my rating because I am a hiker and have had mountain bikers not notice I was on the trail. Last fall three bikers approached from behind pretty fast startling me, my dog, and the bikers! This was on the far north extension of the trail, so perhaps the bikers just weren't expecting a hiker! In addition to being biker aware, be bear aware! I was leading a hike there last Spring and came up behind a bear...heard him scamper away leaving only his fresh footprints in the mud! First time I had ever had a bear "almost" sighting in Maryland! Very exciting!

Great hike and nice views mountain tops.

Easy trail with a nice shallow river for summer!

15 days ago

Great trail. Kinda beat up at parts because of the horse use but it’s still quite nice. Great views. Cool covered bridge. Will be returning to area to complete other trails as well as a large loop in the future.

Decent trails. Super muddy in the low spots due to the excessive rain recently. Lots of up and down but not too hard. Trails weren't marked the best but if you have the tracker on you'll be fine. I would imagine in the summer the trails are probably a little overgrown but this time of year (January) we didn't have to walk through brush or tall grass.

15 days ago

Nice easy loop. Extremely muddy, you'll want waterproof shoes or boots.

Great trail, not as crowded as other parts of the park. Parking is limited, but seemed sufficient for the morning crowd. Mainline trail is a nice easy walk along the river with some opportunities to scramble up some rock cliffs. The ridge loop is more challenging but offers some fantastic views. Be sure to check out the Camel Den "cave" near Daniels rd!

Trails are not clearly marked.

trail running
17 days ago

Nice unpaved trail that links up to lake and Cabin John trail. Not too challenging!

Great trail but gets very muddy when it rains.

We took our 5 and 7 year old daughters to hike this trail and it was great. We went on a mild December day so we weren't able to get in the water but the view of the falls was still worth it. It's a short hike with plenty of interesting features for kids. We made the short drive to Eden Mill Nature Center afterwards to round out the day. We will definitely be going back!

Great place to hike and rather easy trails. Most trails connect and can create longer or shorter distance. Great for horseback riding as well.

21 days ago

Hiked this on a near 50-degree day in Dec. Very calm and pleasant hike, but felt somewhat monotonous at this time of year. There were a number of spots with windy creeks, open fields, and fallen trees, but not many varied views otherwise. We saw a deer too, that was cool. But mostly lots of trees with no leaves at this time of year and the ground blanketed with dead leaves. Pretty brown everywhere. Ok for a while, but I was ready to stop by mile 6. There was nowhere to really stop and eat a snack too; we ate our apples while walking. It took us ~4 hours. Everyone else along the trail were mountain bikers and there was one group of horseback riders. We always stepped aside and they were very appreciative of it.

Went out today on trail and was pretty good. We did do the trail in reverse so the falls were the last thing we saw. There are a lot of people biking on this trail though so watch out. Not all the bike riders were willing to give a heads up they were coming, which is difficult when you have two kids and a dog in tow. There were also a great deal of people walking with their dogs, they were all on leash and very nice. Overall I was amazed how many people were out on the trail even the day after the holidays, so i can only guess how busy it must get the rest of the year.

i love pemberton, i went to some of their summer camps as a child and now my boyfriend and i go regularly to walk. it's absolutely gorgeous there even after it's been pouring (just make sure you wear correct footwear cause parts can flood over if rain is heavy enough). i actually just got home from another walk there. i absolutely adore it ♡♡

Did this hike 12/19/18. Excellent hike did the full loop. Had to cross to streams so just be careful doing so. It was a lot of up and downs but not horrible great work out. There were mange hunting signs up so use caution. Maybe where something bright. Awesome place pretty well marked used the app a few times just to be sure.

MESSAGE ALERT TRAIL CLOSED - The Grist Mill Trail is still CLOSED. We hiked the trail to survey the damage and to see if there has been any repairs. The Pond area parking lot is still trashed with concrete and wood debris. The Grist Mill trail itself is in fine condition. No damage except for the two washed out foot bridges. This is the only reason the trail is closed. You could get trapped between the two tunnels during a heavy rain storm. Water can flow through the tunnels super fast and can be 3 feet high. One of my pictures show the washed out foot bridge area. I also have a photo that shows a stone rocky mound at the bottom of the Back side of the Nun's trail.
For some reason the GPS tracking failed in this area. Not normal.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Like everyone else is saying, it is very rocky. Much more of a challenge on a mountain bike as opposed to hiking. I started at the lower trail head junction and biked up to the halfway mark, then on a bit further to Stoner Road (ha) then turned around and did the same first half of the yellow trail since I was racing darkness and knew what to expect - mostly slow & technical, not very flowy, good balance practice and some bigger rock features to play on. I feel like half the trail was a rock garden.

11-18, Nice hiking trail in Montgomery County. Unclear when to turn back around. Took us 1 hr 40 mins. Lots of birds & pretty water.

Beautiful walking trail in Montgomery County with tons of history! Today was pretty cold and muddy. The trail took us about 1 hr 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. We passed only one other person. The trail marking was not as bad as we expected based on previous reviews, but could be improved in a few areas.

Love it! Just keep an eye out for the markers, you may miss one and have to backtrack if you're not vigilant.

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