Explore the most popular trails near Ruxton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Ruxton, Maryland Map

I love this series of trails. There are a bunch of branch points and it is very close to Baltimore where I live so I can easily be out in nature in no time at all. I trail run here. The main (red trail) is pretty wide and flat. The blue trail is flat, but narrow and goes along the river. It is my favorite as I see a lot of birds, deer, foxes along this trail. The yellow, green, and orange trails are rockier with more tree roots and have a bit of elevation change. All of the trails go through mature forest so they are shady in the summer. Almost all of the trails get muddy so be prepared if has rained recently. I don’t mind it personally, but some may.

Great terrain! A little muddy this time out, but great experience over all.

lots of wildlife!

Nice wooded trail around Lake Roland. Mostly flat with options for more hilly treks.

very nice trail. the main trail is wide and smooth so you can walk it in tennis shoes. However the side trails can be rocky & root and you should probably have hiking boots on. Alltrails shows the TH in a bad spot with very little parking right alongside a busy road. the other end of the trail is near the dam and has a nice parking lot. in the future I will park at the other end of the trail. I consider this trail as easy not moderate...not much of an elevation change and no difficult areas.

Beautiful old growth forest. Doesn’t drain well. Very scenic. You can piece together the various trails for 10-12 miles or just do an out and back at 4-5 miles. Plenty of parking at light rail station.

It’s been raining all week and the trail was soggy, so I took pics and placed waypoints as I ran. The rain didn’t matter much; although muddy in spots, it’s a great trail for evening runs before sunset. The only reason you may need blazes is for branching off. There are many branch points and variations one can opt for between the start and turnaround. I really like this trail for running, but it’s also excellent for nature walks and day hikes. I saw only a hand full of people on the course. Perhaps it was the rain that kept people away. This trail doesn’t disappoint.

Great trails! Trails are maintained well!

Great trails from easy and smooth to rugged and moderately challenging.

The trail itself was great and obviously popular, but my sister's car and several others were broken into (windows shattered, items stolen) while we were hiking. Many cars were parked here and the road itself is very busy, but that didn't seem to be a deterrent.

mountain biking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rode in on the blue trail and completed a few laps on the red trail. Quite a few dog walkers and runners, even a few mountain bikers. They've shored up a few eroded sections of the red trail with rock piles.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Road the trail early this morning as it starts to get busy by 9. Accessed it from the blue trail that starts at the L'Hirondelle club.While the blue trail had a few muddy spots, the red trail was clear. Made a simple loop by taking a left off the blue trail onto red and then took the left branch when red splits. That portion of the trail is much better for mountain biking. There are a few fun hills, lots of roots and some technical spots near the end. Return on the traditional red trail if you like hopping a lot of railroad ties, otherwise turn around and head back.

trail running
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Well maintained and flat. There are a fair amount of tree roots for about .5 miles in the trail, but they're easy to get around. Well shaded too.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

This is the red trail loop. Went out early this morning to avoid the crowd. Came in from the light rail boardwalk and rode to the trail head at Falls Road and back. The trail is in pretty rough shape from the crossing of the light rail tracks to the split of the trail. Areas of deep mud with no options but to lift the bike or to skim the shrub line leading to some cuts/bruises. This makes for a less than pleasant ride. Once this area is cleared, the ride has some nice roots to jump and interesting scenery. For the most part there is enough space on the trail to avoid the roots if you aren't comfortable taking them on.

trail running
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Love the scenery!

We love walking to the park because we are so close and we love the playground and the cool trails and my daughter loves to watch the waterfall/river, we loved this park.

The red trail is easy, flat, and beautiful. It took me about two hours total but I stopped to take a lot of photos and enjoy the scenery.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

trails ranged from extremely well maintained to forest path.

Great trail to walk with kids. We usually end our trip with a stop at the playground, which has some fun, nature-inspired structures.

Went on 11/30. Gorgeous, even on a foggy, mucky day. Trails are well marked, and there are art installations! I'll be going back on a sunny, dry day for sure.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Short 1-3 mile well maintained hike. Great point along red trail for dog to play along river. Muddy after rains but area attracts a lot of runners and hikers.

Overall this hike was decent.
Pros: it wasn't congested with people even on a Saturday; there was water access for my dog; good options for smaller trails off the beaten path; well marked with maps at the entrance.
Cons: parking was a bit frightening- street parking on a busy, curvy road; I could hear the street noise almost the entire hike, several homes along the way so never felt private, felt like I was walking someone's private property; close to the city/commute was easy!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nicely marked and maintained trails. The flat Red trail is fine for those looking for and easy run or hike while the various side trails are much more interesting and challenging. Loved the Orange/Yellow/Green side loops with rocky surface and some hills. Encountered a large buck head-on while hiking on the Yellow trail. He allowed me to retrieve my camera phone from my pocket and take a couple of pics before running off. Saw him again later accompanied by a doe. I'll be sure to return for other hikes here.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Good cyclocross beginners experience.

trail running
Friday, September 02, 2016

Nice, reasonably flat trail. Shaded for a nice run.

mountain biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Heavy traffic flat trail

trail running
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Love this trail. It's right by my house and had a great variety of side trails along with the well maintained main trail.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nice variety. The trail has inclines and declines as well as flats. Some good views too.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Great trail. Flat, well maintained, and beautiful. Sometimes it gets a little muddy though.

Great 4 mile trail to the lake and back. Very easy great feel and saw a bunch of deer and fish jumping out of the water. Very well kept and not very crowded. You will need to park right off of falls road.

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