Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
1 day ago

I love this little loop. It’s clean, quiet, peaceful. The path is mostly paved. The parking lot can come up quick on you but it does exists so just go slow and keep looking. I would call it a place to take a walk not a hike though.

A nice hike along the water. A few inclines but a fairly easy hike. Beautiful views at the lighthouse and inside of it.

hiking
7 days ago

I agree with the other reviews that this should be considered moderate. Had some difficulty finding the trailhead, but it was a great hike otherwise.

Mostly easy family trails with some cool water views; plus a few preserved trails with less people and more birds.

Lovely day for a hike! It's been very wet this year though and with the addition of recent rains, parts of the trail were basically small streams. I recommend a hiking stick to help keep your balance while you hop over rocks to get through the wet and muddy parts.

hiking
10 days ago

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

fishing
10 days ago

pretty views of the reservoir.

walking
10 days ago

Great trail. Easy to walk and interesting for kids.

A lot of fun running, walking a dog, mountain biking

This is a nice trail! Dog friendly! Lots of mud and sticks to roll through! Enjoy walking up hill and zooming through the leaves! ~ Mello (Dog Review)

trail running
12 days ago

I enjoyed this trail. I turned it into a 6.3ish mile trail run by including the high school trails. All trails are marked pretty well, you just need to be aware of your surroundings.

I’m sure the scenery is better in the spring, but overall, not a bad outing to enjoy nature. I saw / heard several different types of birds to include a blue heron and an up close view of a red hawk.

trail running
12 days ago

Very flat and easy paved trail.

14 days ago

Amazing day...trail was very muddy in spots...birds were abundant

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.

The winding trail and the tree “obstacles” kept this hike interesting. We didn’t see any beavers but lots of cool looking uprooted trees. And the final beach at the end was super cool. Our dog sprinted back and forth when we got there :)

Not much of a hike but if you are visiting the park this is a fun stop and a great overlook of the Chesapeake.

Great workout for people just starting to hike. The trail around the lake provides some beautiful views. Just be aware that the park closes at sunset. You will get locked in if you aren’t out in time. Fortunately, the rangers are really nice and helpful.

Trailhead is easier to find than some say. It wasn’t as muddy as anticipated after raining the previous day. Glen Ellen Castle ruins are along the way. Beautiful hike along the reservoir.

Perfect paved trail, amazing for a short walk. Great for kids and/or dogs. Then when your done you can grab a snack at Whole Foods.

A little under 4 miles around the lake but with climbs so it’s a good running work out.

Great trail but gets very muddy when it rains.

I took this trail with my 8 year old grandson. No problem. Lots of roots and mud. We saw an eagle along with many geese

hiking
17 days ago

Just hiked the northeast branch to the smaller peninsula . Very easy walk on a little used access road/trail to the water. Great view of this section of the lake on three sides. The trail is what you’d expect in a rainy winter with some muddy sections but that’s why you buy boots. Nice spot for a coffee brew and solitude reflection. Worth the effort!

hiking
18 days ago

As others noted, some very muddy spots in the first mile or so. Very nice otherwise, all the way out to the peninsula dead-end, where a beaver has recently been at work! Trail follows mostly old access roads, which increases visibility.

I do this one several times a year as it’s close by. Get there early for parking and be prepared to share the trail. Great views at the overlook and the pond is a nice resting spot on the Ivy trail.

nice walk

Awesome trail and beautiful scenery throughout the run. The trail is carved out but not paved with concrete or anything, so has a tendency to be a little hard to run through after it rains. Otherwise, trail is pretty easy to navigate, and peaceful as well; 4ft wide at its narrowest and closer to 10ft at its widest.

A nice easy hike! There are some inclines in the beginning and at the end but nothing major. I enjoyed the views by the water and that this trail is very well maintained. Definitely suitable for all ages and pups!

Mostly paved trail in a beautiful setting!

walking
1 month ago

Decent place to walk.

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