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hiking
5 hours ago

We love this place, it has a dog park that we usually start out at to let the dog run free, then we travel around the duck pond which always has tons of ducks and oriels if you catch them on migration (the places fills up with them in the spring) and then we head to the playground which is really good, then we trek on over to the pagoda and back down to the car. On certian days the pagoda is open to go into, dogs can not go into the pagoda and I have never been in it as it always seems to be closed or I have the dog with me. This place can get crazy busy with dogs and kids on weekends and in the summer, but still a wonderful place. By far one of our favorite places in Baltimore near us to go.

Took my road bike on this one (Fuji roubaix pro).. there are about 15-25 crosses between the trail and the road.. rarely have to stop.. some very slight inclines but mostly flat... also, you have the option of getting to Annapolis, but you you’d have to be willing to get off the bike trail and go onto a highway (something I gave up on lol) ; parking
is available and plentiful at the designated start spot( near bwi) and wasn’t too crowded during the weekday and around noon..

We took this trail today and it was ok. There are sections that have been clearly worn that go to the lake, the loop on the map goes into paths that are not there, overgrown so many briars. We should have just stayed on the well worn areas because trying to get a five year old and dog through the briars was awful. If we go back it's to the lake and out. We tried the recorder but had to turn it off as we started to run out of battery. There isn't a parking lot just a pull off of the road to park at a little ways down from where the map shows the trail head being.

hiking
1 day ago

About halfway through this hike I was saying it should have been rated easy... by the end I was completely exhausted! I am training for a backpacking trip so I did this hike with a 25-30 pound backpack on which made the incline portions pretty difficult. It was great practice and a beautiful hike. Towards the end we came across a parking lot and thought we were at the end but it was not the west view parking lot and that made the last mile or so much harder. We also got off the trail a couple of times but always found our way back without too much trouble. We went on a beautiful spring day and there weren't too many people on the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Really nice trail; went on a chilly April morning with our 3 and 5 year old. Little traffic, but did see a few bikers. Saw lots of turtles along the river. Noise from shooting range was a distraction for sure, but overall a great hike and doable with young kids who are enthusiastic about hiking.

I'm new to hiking trails so I didn't venture too fair on this one. There are clearly marked trails and a few hills here and there so the description of moderate was actually. I enjoyed the scenic views and as it gets warmer I would definitely bring bug repellent because of many of the stagnant ponds in the trail.

We started in the East View parking lot and went up the orange trail to see the peak of sugar loaf (steep, but quick) from there we made our way to the blue trail to go out to White Rocks look out (somehow got sidetracked off the blue trail for awhile...). Then we continued on the blue (then white) trail to get back to the parking lot. Nice and steady up and down, so never felt too strenuous. Arrived around 9:30 and wasn’t too crowded; by the time we were leaving (1:30) it was quite crowded. If we go again we might start down at the entrance gate in order to have more of an elevation climb.

Great spot to hike, bike, fish or boat. Payment for entry per vehicle ($5 for Carroll county resident). Would go back again.

Super crowded. Nice hike but way too many people there.

hiking
10 days ago

A nice easy trail, with plenty of parking even for an early afternoon start.

Trail is discernible, however too many forks in the road that don't clearly indicate which trail you're on.

The trail wasn’t very scenic and was pretty muddy. If you count the mud piles from wheel spins maybe you could get some climbing in.

Beautiful warm spring day, 12 mile bike ride. Purple flowers and white sicamore trees where beautiful! Easy straight path. Nolan’s ferry and aquaduct were explored. Passed hikerrs and a few joggers. Water on river was pristine and full. Saw a few fisherman.

I did the complete trail without veering off and I tracked it at 8.3 miles and it took me 3 hours and 50 min to complete. I was not prepared for the length of this hike due to this listing on this app, especially the comment from the lady that claims she did it in 2 hours. It’s a great trail though, some hills. My pup loved crossing all the little streams!

This trail loop does not ease up at end so get ready for some serious hike. Initial climb onto top via orange trail is tough but its short so if you have some endurance its no problem. Rest of hike through the blue trail is fairly easy until the end of blue trail . Then you hit the green trail and start climbing to top again when your legs are starting to feel it..

Agree with others on view - its nice but not spectacular as Maryland Height Harper's Ferry hike. Also agree regarding trail markings.. its there but you at some junctions its confusing and could be better. Some part of blue trail uses dark blue paint markings while other part uses light blue markings.. it can be confusing but dark and light blue markings on trees denote the same blue trail.

Great work out and overall, i'd say its on strenuous side of moderate if you follow the trail map given here. Took 2 hr 40 minutes on nice partly sunny day.

hiking
15 days ago

if you don't stick with this route, there are many more that offer a better hike

hiking
16 days ago

Good trails, maps and portopots provided

Nice trail!

not very shaded and very urban. I hike to get away but not a bad tune up for a long hike.

I live about 5 minutes from this trail and would rather go elsewhere. There are a few unmarked trails and if you accidentally take one you could end up in the middle of an empty cornfield not knowing which way you should go. Even for the “marked” trails, you end up in corn fields unsure where to go. Very frustrating!

I believe this trail (with Montgomery County pdf map and explanatory info) is the most complete EXPERIENTAL explanation of the Underground Railroad experience in all of Maryland! An added bonus is the HUGE White oak near the end (state

Trail wasn't marked very well in some spots. Make sure to park in the west view lot as that is where the tail starts and ends. There are some areas that aren't marked very well and some how we ended up getting turned around some where in between marker B5 and B6 and double backed. We didn't realize it until we hit a cross section again. While we didn't get to see White Rock we will go back and try again on another day. All in all the kids (5 and 12) and the dog enjoyed it. Tough with kids in some parts, but they have been hiking for a long time so it wasn't too bad.

Simple trail around the farm, 2.5mi in total took me an hour. $6 entrance fee, huge playground, farm area, and sports fields. Pretty simple trail, some trash bins scattered throughout. There are a few additional trails that were open but I didnt access. would recommend for an easy walk, walk with kids 5-7 or an older dog.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail name is misleading when accompanied by the current trail outlined. There is a fork you can take to go on switchbacks. If you skip the fork, then you will be able to see some gorgeous rapids.

Nice trail, unfortunately the red trail part was closed.

very pretty, and there's a little stream.

This place just holds a special place in my heart. It's not a difficult hike, although on certain loops it can be challenging (in the best way). Great hike for the pups because there's a lot of water for them to swim in! I miss the old lake area, but aside from that, it's still a great place for a short or long hike, depending on your mood.

The change in terrain and scenery was fun and challenging. The view was beautiful. The trail is definitely not marked as well as what I’m used to and we got a little turned around and confused, accidentally branching off onto a different trail at one point. It could have just been the day we went, but we did not encounter a ton of people on this trail, just occasionally. That made the hike more enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

My kids loved this trail. There are actually two trails a yellow which travels around the park and a blue trail that follows the stream. The dogs we ran into were leashed which was really nice since so many places we go they aren't. We did lose the blue trail and ended up on the yellow which was fine. There are tons of rocks for the kids to jump on and a couple of crossing on the stream which weren't hard to cross, so no one's feet got wet. Overall a nice place in the middle of town which you forget about when you get on the trail.

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