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

All trails on the Howard County side of the park ( LEFT-SIDE) are OPEN. - I entered the park at 9AM in a backup of traffic. - The cool breeze crowded the park so early that the place was overcrowded by 1PM. - They stopped cars from coming in. - Maybe best to show up 3 hours before the park closes, which is 8:20PM. - There is now one parking lot open on the Glen Artney side. - Right before the Lost Lake Pond. - The pond area is CLOSED. - You can hike the park road up to the Soapstone Trail. - It's the only trail open on the Baltimore County side of the park. - Grist Mill trail is CLOSED. - It's in very bad shape. - All the footbridges are washed out. - Across the park road by the Playground is the NEW extension of the Ridge Trail. It is now OPEN.

Great little hike fascinating ruins. Wasn’t a fan of all the graffiti.

Amazing trail and absolutely beautiful. Some of the hills are steep, but overall an amazing tail.

Absolutely gorgeous falls and trail! I would go again!

The ruins covered in graffiti were so interesting. I loved the hike and exploring the area.

Rockburn trail got pretty muddy towards where it meets Belmont Woods Rd. There were also a lot of cut down trees and tire tracks as if there was work being done in that area. I ended up splitting off onto the Nacho trail - which zig zags through the Forrest and will definitely make you feel like you’re crossing over your own path for a bit. You get lots of different views from mountainous, to rivers, fields and large empty spaces on this trail. Even came across a beautiful mansion with some farmland and what looked like other houses on the property. Definitely a great hike if you have a few hours to kill!

I originally was going to head directly up Water Bars ( Ridge Sign Posted ) to the Three Sisters ( Morning Choice ) trail then rap around to one of the connectors then return back on the Valley View trail. You can extend this loop by simply hiking to the second (Green) connector. A bunch of people were digging and working on the NEW trail, which will be a extension of the Ridge trail which will work it's way over to the Playground. I am soon going to hike the Flagged trail to scope things out. My recent recording of that section is the right hook part of the track. Some of the trail section is completed but not open to pubic yet. I did shoot a few pictures that shows part of the NEW trails. It was Very Windy up top today.

Haven’t done the full loop yet, but the first part is very fun and runnable.

hiking
5 months ago

A great hike, however the distance should be revised to 7.5 miles.

It straight to my point.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Short but worth it. Parking is not abundant. the ruins are beautiful even as they are, defaced by graffiti. It all has an halo of mystery around. Totally worth checking it.

absolutely amazing..well worth going to explore

I love this spot. There aren't any markings on the trail. I always just follow the stairs up as far as I can go and at the very top of the hill make a right. It says no dogs, but I have brought mine both times- there aren't any signs that say dogs aren't allow. Very interesting spot.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice after work hike. The trail was a little muddy from yesterdays rain.

hiking
11 months ago

My friend and I started our hike at the Lost Lake parking lot. We started out on Grist Mill Trail. This trail was entirely paved (which was a little boring), but along the way, we spotted little viewing spots of the Patapsco River, tunnels underneath the train tracks, and even a few little tunnel-like passages that while I wouldn't recommend going into, were fascinating to see. At the swinging bridge off of Grist Mill, we crossed onto the Cascade Trail, which was much more rugged. It crossed streams and waterfalls many times and had lots of opportunities to explore the surrounding areas. This hike was only about 5 or 6 miles long but one of my favorites so far. As well as hiking, I was taking time to photograph some of the views.

on Cascade Falls Trail

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Always nice quick escape at the end of a long day to see the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

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