Explore the most popular nature trips 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
2 hours ago

TRAIL CLOSURE: Any and all trails leading to the severely damage Grist Mill trail are CLOSED. Forest Glen, Pigs Run and Nun's Run in the Hilton Tire Park Area are all CLOSED. The ONLY trail OPEN in this location is the Santee Branch Trail. I have not yet hiked the Sawmill or Buzzards Rock trail from the Hilltop section to see what's open up top.

TRAIL CLOSURES: - At this time, the Grist Mill Trail and any trail that leads to it is CLOSED. The Grist Mill Trail was heavily damaged due to many floods this year. - Soapstone Trail heading to S. Rolling Rd. only is OPEN but has detours. The inner Soapstone loop is CLOSED - Bull Run Loop is OPEN. - The Bike Jumper Trail is OPEN and connects to the Santee Branch Trail. - The Santee Branch Trail is OPEN from the fire road all the way to Hilltop Rd. - It's the only trail OPEN in the Hilton tire park area.
The Vineyard, Backside of Nun's, Nun Run Trails have now been closed off with a wooden fence. CLOSED for the rest of the year !!

TRAIL CLOSURES: - At this time any trail that leads to or connects with the Grist Mill Trail is CLOSED. - Soapstone Trail heading to S. Rolling Rd. only is OPEN but has detours. - Bull Run Loop is OPEN. - The Bike Jumper Trail is OPEN and connects to the Santee Branch Trail. - The Santee Branch Trail is OPEN from the fire road all the way to Hilltop Rd. - It's the only trail OPEN in the Hilton tire park area. - At this time, the Santee Branch Trail is an Out and Back but you can clock go miles on it. -\Will maintained trail.

Great for newbies! it is flat and paved trails. We did the entire loop and it was well shaded in summer. I will not call this hiking, but a nice walk at the park!

hiking
10 hours ago

Its a great trail, well marked. We followed the trail exactly as mapped out and using GPS we found out that is around 6.25 miles, not the stated 5.5. We also found an area off to the side of the trail where a few old wrecked cars are sitting. It was hot and muggy but we finished the whole thing. The only thing we did not like is that quite a few mountain bikers did not ring a bell or let us know they were coming up behind us, we always give way but it's not easy if we don't know they are there. We will be returning.

great trail, a bit rocky but me and the Roscoe had a ball !!!!

This is a nice, well-maintained wooded trail with lots of ferns and some scenic overlooks. It got a bit congested, but it was a nice local day hike.

Trail was great, had our credit cards stolen from our car though. Partly my fault, forgot to lock the door. Didn't take the whole purse just my girls credit cards and then a $10k shopping spree at the Arundel mall. The view of the trail was scenic and relaxing. Saw a few deer.

I traveled this Aug 4th, 2018. Bring bug spray, Mosquito's were moderately bad. Trail was outlined with an obviously cleared foot/bike path and the only confusing part was a fork for blue and red. The red had a big tree across it but seemed to be in the direction I wanted to took that route, it ended up being correct. Lots of little side trails to go down to the water. Only a couple other hikers, mostly secluded, ends at a peninsula on the river. Decent hills but nothing crazy.

This trail is closed until further notice due to flood damage.

PVSP Trail Crew

Great trail! Nice areas to go off the trail and sit by the river. Definitely take some Off spray because the mosquitoes are CRAZY!

I love this trail but it’s best during the week because the weekend can be too busy. Great for dogs, I have 2 and 99% of people with dogs on trail are dog friendly

Parts of this trail are beautiful but we kept saying how it would be a lot better on a horse. We had to cross streams without any rocks to step on numerous times to stay on the 3.5 mile loop we were following. It was tricky to find all the trails and we never would have gotten out without GPS. I may go again but would wait until the ground dries because the trails were also super muddy!

Poorly marked. No distance information. No maps even though trail is $5 out of state. Don't veer off the marked trail....EVER...very difficult to find your way back to the main trail. Will pass coming back here.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice cool breeze this evening. I started at the NEW trail (Ridge Extension) across the road from the Playground parking lot. The trail was recently completed. The old way up was the Ridge (Waterbars) trail that is always washed out, rocky and tons of roots. I hiked the Ridge trail up to the shelter bench then came down an old trail to River road, then hiked back. This loop can be hiked in different directions. You could also hike the Valley View because it heads the same way. It's nicer in the winter because of the views. Many biker and hiker on trail this evening. Less of a crowd weekdays and evenings.

Awesome trail close by with many different types of scenery. Loved it!

Loved it!

Nice hike uphill to the North and South overlooks. Saw a beautiful timber rattlesnake sunbathing on the South overlook.

love the views and cliffs. much wild life

The trail is not well marked.

We parked on the side of Raven Rock Rd. Quick climb (<0.75mile) , then the trail levels off. Nice stroll through the forest. High rock is accessible by car. Lots of neat graffiti. Awesome view. Police did a drive-by while we were at high rock.

nice, easy hike. poorly marked in places. recommend downloading the map.

road biking
4 days ago

With rain all yesterday evening I stayed off the muddy trails. Today, I did a little biking around the park roads. Once a month I go up and check on the Bloede Dam removal project. Today, they we jack-hammering the concrete to remove the fish ladders. The dam is scheduled to be removed this September. The Grist Mill trail is CLOSED and will be for the rest of this year. You can now walk on the Swinging Bridge and look at the river but it's CLOSED on the Baltimore County side. The DNR has now created a wooden door on the opposite side of the bridge.

The trail is extremely well marked and maintained with very easy terrain, but you’ll need to bathe in insect repentant and wear a beekeeper’s hat to keep your insanity intact. To say this was a very buggy trail is an understatement; I had flies droning in my ears the whole time. On the upside, we heard woodpeckers and saw a box turtle. (8/18)

Nice hike with some elevation climbs. It’s mostly forested with a few nice lookouts.

Well marked and wide. Nice views and I would say moderately trafficked for a Saturday. Parking lot was almost filled

Good level of challenging, some steep parts but such a well made path it was no problem. Ample parking (with video security), free (with donations recommended), great views and different path options. Overall great hike!

Nice workout of a hike. Multiple nice overlook points!

Truly a enjoyable ride today with a bit of overcast ed skies. Knowing that this trails system is paved and fairly flat with a few minor inclines, I decided to bike the trails on my 24" Huffy BMX converted single speed. Because I am a senior and enjoy riding a single speed I only got off the bike one time. I generally hike all the time so hiking with the bike is no problem. Not very much shade so be sure to carry plenty of water. There is a very nice rest area at W. Earleigh Heights Rd. with picnic tables, bike service, fresh drinking water and a restrooms. There is also two nice size parking lots at that location.

Amazing views . Parts are challenging especially to beginners . But awesome landscapes

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