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A 1.5 mile hike if you park at the headquarters so it's nice with kids. It's supposed to be okay for dogs, however it's steep and rocky, so only for athletic dogs with tough paws.

trail in the battle ground is great. Except for a steep incline in the beginning part, it is really flat. Scenery is beautiful in april. However the map is not great. Do not attempt the second part of the loop (the section that goes parallel to i270 and goes underneath) That part has nothing to see and all you do is walk in a road. There is no pedestrian section so you share the road with cars for the most part. The dirt road with gravels makes a lot of dust any time a car passes by. The section that goes under i270 is not only bad but also dangerous. You are basically walking on the car road... This should have been listed as a 4 ish mile loop containing only the battleground part.

Expected it to be more flat but had a good time.

I did this trail as a shakedown hike with my new backpacking gear. Made a reservation for 1 of the 2 shelters (equipped with outhouse and fire pit) that are located close to the halfway point. Perfect setup for this, or even just for a quick overnight trip. The trail has some moderate ups and downs, nothing to serious. Well marked trail. I loved the shelters. The surrounding trees are gorgeous and a little stream meanders behind the site. Leaves were not yet on the trees, so stargazing was possible and the sky was dark enough to see more than in town. I will definitely be back!

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1 day ago

nice hike with the dogs

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3 days ago

Peaceful and beautiful trail :)

Nice for a short hike! There is a little bit of everything, cows, river, woods, and history. I took my wife on her first hike. Great for beginners.

Although it was a little hard to navigate at first, this was a beautiful hike. We could smell the wildflowers and saw all kinds of birds, groundhogs and a fox.

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8 days ago

This is such a nice trail just outside of Frederick. My family hiked it in early April and there great wild flowers blossoming along the trail. It is a pretty easy hike for kids and there are several places where you can go off trail and access the Monocacy River.

fun hike that is not too crowded, has some rock scrambling if you want along wolf rock and amazing views of the town below

easy, well maintained trail that the whole family can do - there is even an option that is ADA accessible (parking along a road only w/ handicap passes & a flat boardwalk to a large observation area with benches) we went in early july and enjoyed the freshly ripened raspberries that surrounded the trail

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11 days ago

Great hike. The has steep hills and rocky. Nice rock formations and scenic views.

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11 days ago

I went last week. Nice hike. When I got to the vista though, a large group was already there so I didn’t have a place to sit to admire the view.

Great views and historical hike. Good with a dog and children!!!

Nice 2 mile loop. I would rate this closer to easy, not moderate. There is an incline and decline which will get your heart rate up, but it’s not difficult at all and I am not in the best shape. Please note the area where there are cows has an electric fence. I only saw 1 tiny sign. I will definitely be back for evening hikes!

Pretty easy hike. It only took me about 3.8 hours but it was worth the drive. views were cool and the waterfalls was a nice one.

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21 days ago

It’s fine for a short, close to town jaunt. If the rating was easy I’d give it four stars, but I expect a little more activity with a moderate hike, and this was just a nice stroll near town.

There are lots of ticks. Next time I’m taking bug spray!

Pretty paved trail with great information on the history ama nature of the area next to the Metro line.

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28 days ago

Fun for family hiking. A lot of wildlife out and about. Took a few snack and water breaks along the way. Took a couple hours to hike. But overall was a great quiet hike.

Great Saturday morning hike. I wouldn’t call the loop a hard hike, maybe a medium hike.

Views weren’t great. the waterfall was nice, but wasn’t part of the extended loop

Nice scenery and a fun little extra trail to tack on to my trip to this park. A little bit of history was a bonus.

I parked at the park headquarters, and instead of doing the whole loop (that would take you along the road for a while) I went to chimney rock then wolf rock and then turned around back to the car. The rocks are so fun to climb on and the views are awesome! Wouldn't rate it as challenging, lots of kids and dogs on this trail.

Fun, challenging loop that is worth it for the view. Was busy the day we went with people and dogs. Trail is very rocky in places and steep at times. You can park at the Visitor's Center or the park administration building; both are on this loop. The dog loved it!

Lots of great lookouts along this trail. I would say hiking it normal and save Chimney Rock for last!

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2 months ago

Great little hike around 1.1 miles. Great overlook. Gravel surface but groomed well. Little bit of Traffic as it is an easy one for the kiddos. 4 year old had a blast.

Nicely paved trail. Great for walking, biking and running. Family friendly.

Loved this hike! It was bitterly cold but the views were worth it.

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3 months ago

Great hike. The waterfall was frozen.

nice easy trail. waterfall is completely frozen right now. still pretty but it doesn't really look like a waterfall.

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