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Nice area, good for one hour hike, part of it can be muddy right after rain.

This trail is definitely more on the "easy" side of moderate. Lightly traveled with interesting flora at parts, especially in Summer months. Trail does get muddy after periods of extended rain.

road biking
1 month ago

Nice wide path, mostly flat so easy for the kids. We enjoyed the side trails, one was a boardwalk. I didn't realize the trail stops being paved a little after the Dolfield Rd bridge (we started at Red Run blvd). We tried riding the dirt trail but it was too challenging for our 5 year old. The dirt portion is narrow, a little bumpy, and much more hilly with switchbacks.

Interesting trail, almost desert like but then branches into scrub oak. Not the most interesting but fun none the less.

Easy, scenic hike with some rocky terrain where you need to watch your footing. Portions of the covered areas were quite muddy today due to the recent rain. I recommend going in the early part of the morning to avoid the heat, as much of the trail is unshaded.

nice for the doggos

Rather unique rocky terrain, with some challenging spots. Nice!

I enjoyed this place very much but I wasn't sure about the terrain. Being a long ride for me to get there I kind of wish it was in the Spring or Fall. It was extremely hot out and the Serpentine trail was like being in a desert. A few areas have reroutes. Two of them I nearly missed. If I was a local I would have just done one side and not both. To many miles in the heat for this old senior. Be sure to carry plenty of water. The heat off of some of the rocks is enough to fry an egg. I will return in the fall.

Not a tough hike but peaceful. Can walk this trail several times a week, plus when your done you can go to the Nature sanctuary.

Super interesting hike for MD, but some of the areas can get a bit confusing on the left side of the main road since part of the trail has been rerouted for grass regrowth. The right side is great if you're looking to collect animal bones!

simple trail to get fresh air before spring arrives.

Great walk a few stream crossings
Looking forward to coming back once grass is greener

Not a tough hike, but it's different than most hikes in MD that I've done. The terrain changes at several different parts of the trail, which is a nice change of scenery on a decently long hike! Really beautiful and bonus - there's a little history here, so if you have time it's worth stopping to read the signs and check out the sights for a little MD history!

beautiful trail that takes you through a wide variety of terrain

Good year around trail. Easily accessible near the parking lot on Deer Park Rd. or next to Solders Delight visitor center. Some rocky, hilly washed out terrain but always an interesting trail to navigate. Great views.

nice hike for dogs. interesting ecosystem for the baltimore metro area. worth while.

Great easy trail with wide paved area and easy off path trails. Great for walking your dog.

road biking
9 months ago

Took my kids 11 and 5 biking on this path. Perfect for training wheels or for learning to ride since it’s mostly level and the path is paved and very few ppl on it. If you start on Red Run Blvd, about a half mile down you will encounter a closed gate that says “trail ends” and beyond the gate is the Dolfield Rd & Pleasant Hill Rd intersection and bridge. But if you brave the traffic and cross that bridge, the paved trail continues another mile beyond that. However, then the pavement will end and you need to continue on foot to continue to the Soldiers Delight area. We simply turned around and went back to the beginning for a total of 2 miles. Nice and shaded too.

10 months ago

Nice after work hike.

Nice hike. Also, check out the nature center.

10 months ago

Nice hike. Saw a few mine shafts.

trail running
10 months ago

New to the Owings Mills area, and wanted to try something closer to home. Even though it weaves in and around the edge of developments, there are some really nice pockets of nature and quietude. When asphalt turns into dirt trail, the trails are really root filled or rock filled making the trail run a nice challenge. Stumbling into the old mine entrance was also really cool. Ended up taking this trail out to the serpentine loop which has a nice overlook of soldiers delight area. Easy to get to with back roads and a few parking spots at the trailhead.

Trail could have been blazed better in some sections, otherwise it was a nice day hike. Even found some blueberries!

This is the closest trail to our home, but not a favorite. Many of the trails are through grasslands, and our preference is more wooded. However, the Nature Center is nice, and the history is interesting.

Beautiful and unique trail for Maryland. Prairie was gorgeous

I wasn't sure what to expect with this trail and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. The way in goes behind some apartment buildings and under a bridge, but once you get past that you're surrounded by nature. There's a nice stream, trees, rocks, an open field, wild flowers and more. We saw deer, tons of butterflies, cool insects and cardinals. The trail really takes you through some different scenes. We extended our hike a couple miles by just doing the marked loops and turn offs. It's a nice trail and very light traffic. I'd love to see it in autumn with the changing leaves.

Nice hike, convenient to OM.

trail running
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

First off, AllTrails says this whole thing is the Serpentine Trail but actually, the ST is just the beginning 2.5 miles. When you get back to the start, cross the road and go around the barrier to continue this loop. This part of the trail includes the Choate Mine, Red Run, and Dolfield Trails.

These trails are very runnable and pretty easy to navigate. Very very rocky, as the whole area is on serpentine bedrock. Nice mix of grasslands and forests, easy inclines, easy stream crossings, overall runnable and gentle trails that are good for getting miles in on varied terrain without exhausting yourself.

An easy, relatively short hike showcasing an environment that has largely disappeared from Maryland. The area's interesting geology has essentially turned it into an island for rare and threatened plant species. The Sepretine Trail is the more popular of the two loops there, passing through a grassy 'savana' that unfortunately is bisected by high-tension power lines. The Choate Mine Trail is more forested, but contains some lovely open patches of grassland. For this loop, I suggest sticking to the mine Trail and Red Run Trail instead of taking the Dolfield Trail, which runs too close to a nearby suburb for my liking. The trails are a nice change of pace from other Maryland trails, but are probably more rewarding for people interested in ecology and geology than scenics.

Nice easy hike for a beginner. Some areas were slightly tricky because of erosion, and it seems like it could get messy when it's wet after rains. This was very convenient and easy to find but once on the trail doesn't feel like you're only 5 minutes from the highway. The visitor's center is lovely and they have lots of activities posted at least for the summer. Mostly clean as well - only had to pick up three pieces of trash I found and two were in the parking lot.

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