Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

For the most part I love this trail, very scenic and the cemetery is cool. The first few times I got pretty lost though, especially before I had this app. Trails generally aren't blazed. I take my dog, but if you do PLEASE be wary.. I've encountered aggressive off-leash dogs and even one man with 7 or 8 dogs, 4 off leash.

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

Fun trail! Did this one on a cold January afternoon but it was nice. Park at the end of a residential road; seemed strange but you are in the right spot! Pass Black Rock by another mile and you can see Annapolis Rock

We went to Md for this hike with yankee selena zach and jesse and myself and zach and cade! we loved this hike!

This was a fun trail! It’s all uphill so the kids will sleep great that night.

Directions: the trailhead is at the end of a residential street. If you’re anything like me, you might be skeptical of whether you’re headed in the right direction. Not to worry, park at the end of it. The trail starts there at the parking lot. The open area with a bunch of trails going off in different directions is private property. When you get to the camp area, make a right on the AT. This will take you to Black Rock Cliff.

Speaking of private property, I’m assuming there are hunters nearby (depending on the time of year). Be advised. We saw many many clumps of deer fur and blood along the trail. Be safe.

trail running
4 months ago

I completed a 2.5 hour walk/jog on the Western MD Rail Trail about a week ago. It was very lovely trail. I mainly explored the area & took in nature and history about the trail. Many pretty views (off paved trail)!!!
Primarily for biking to view more of the area, but the hike was nice. The trail has a paved road and side trail that appears to be where train tracks use to be. Great trail. Will go back with my bike next time! ;)

4 months ago

Great hike and I also check out the nature center. Also, i hiked a side trail (Beaver Trail) to check out beaver pond and dam.

This is a nice trail and close to home. It’s actually two trails to make the loop. It’s very well-maintained. The only reason I gave it four stars is that if you were looking to get away from sounds of the highway this would not be the trail for you.

Biked in fall of 2015 and enjoyed with caveats. First it’s flat and straight. Some nice views along the way and a lot of history to check out, and it’s mainly in the shade. But the trail maintenance is poor, lots of roots to discover and if it’s wet, the mud will be miserable. Discovered that it turns to cement when built up between tire and fenders. Like a third brake. Paw paw tunnel was really “cool” and dark. Nice camping spots along the way as well as lock houses that can be rented.

Just finished the Gap Trail this fall and what a difference. This followed the rail lines to Pittsburgh over the continental divide and you’d never know you were climbing 1800’ in a half days ride. No roots to wake you and mostly in the shade. Nice views along several different rivers. Viaduct was spectacular as was Big Savage tunnel. And Amtrak will bring you and your bike back to Cumberland!

Much better ride than C&O.

Very nice place to walk with my dog. I enjoyed it, will definitely go back.

There was a copperhead snake near the overlook so be alert and keep dogs on leashes.

Nice hike. Was a picture perfect day so there were many others with the same idea. As noted by other hikers, a nice climb to the ridge/AT with loose rocks so poles are of value there. View was expansive and I imagine on a clear day you could see WVA quite well. Went a bit further to Annapolis Rock with another great view but again, pretty traveled if you prefer solitude. A cold beer afterwards always makes a nice ending to a good hike! (That you have to bring along in a cooler, friends)

Nothing exciting on this. pretty straightforward and easy to navigate, especially with bright red markings and a clear path. Short on time so hiked 1.5 miles up and back in an hour. No wildlife. Went on the Saturday after Labor Day and only saw 2 other people. Was the closest trail to where I am staying, so ok when short on time.

Views from Black Rock Cliff are amazing! Much better then Annapolis Rock and we only saw 2 other people on the trail until we made it to Annapolis rock.

Did this trail yesterday on a beautiful fall day. Learned that my car's (Toyota) nav system can take GPS lat and long coordinates and got me to the trailhead without issue. This is knowledge that will come in handy in the future. I added a couple miles by continuing south on the AT to Annapolis Rock (about a mile from Black Rock so 2 extra miles round trip) for additional views. The views from both "rocks" were very nice. Also hiked a mile north of the Thurston Griggs trail junction on the AT to add another couple miles. No views in that stretch but it was not at all crowded - didn't see a single other person. The climb up is rocky but only moderately steep by the standards of the area - the climb up to the South Mountain ridge at, say, Weaverton Cliffs is definitely significantly steeper. Once you're to the top the hike is a breeze - there's a gentle roll but no significant climbs from the trail junction to Annapolis Rock.

Great hike. Amazing view. Good for dogs going up but down was a challenge as there are loose rocks. Easy to get lost as there are several trails and no maps

This trail needs removed as the description is misleading. It's the same as thurston grigs, just the mileage doesn't include the overlook or anything worth seeing. There is no waterfall either.

Bring bug spray. Hiked morning of 8/19. Trail is mostly shaded with a few patches of sun. Saw a bobcat on the trail just below the cabin. Also saw a TIMBER RATTLESNAKE sunning itself on the cliff overlook rocks. Just be careful around there.

Hiked this trail twice already, keep an eye out for black bears.

7 months ago

The trail along the water is quite a bit challenging due to the angle of terrain. I only saw 3 or 4 trees with blazes in this 4 mile loop. Every trail I took had down trees and much of the area is overgrown. Be sure to spray Permethrin on your clothes before you entry the woods. This place is a tick virus waiting to happen because you are always pushing branches or bushes away from your body. You need to come early or late because of limited parking and people are also fishing along the banks. I drove 45 minutes to get here I was truly disappointed. This complete area could use quite a bit of Trail Maintenance. The Gunpowder River trail was why I mainly came. Half of that section is a 45 degree angle hike. It's O.K. if you have two good legs but it put a hurting on this handicap senior.

7 months ago

Nicely kept trails. Some nice views. Practically zero signage. Few blazes...none that were useful to us. This app kept us on the right trail.

Great trail, friendly and helpful park rangers. Trail in good condition, paper map not up to date, we had a bit of difficulty staying on the right trail and totally missed the mine. Our group really enjoyed it.

a scenic ride or walk if you live in the area and want a quick easy stroll. always lots of people though

I love the diversity of this trail. Most areas I would consider to be easy, especially if you stay on the fire roads. Some of the side trails are more moderate, but nothing too challenging. Traffic is pretty light on this trail and gets even lighter the further out you go to explore, especially on the side trails. Lots of fun sights to find and explore, such as foundations of old homes, the cemetery and the creepy old cellar. Great trail overall and I can always find parking entering on either side of the trail.

5-miler @ 4.2mph speed. Two tiny jogs at road crossings, otherwise all hiking. Took 3 pics: one at the beginning (public parking), one at the 2.5-mile turnaround, and at the end (Calypso). Smooth summer night hike!

It was pretty steep at first but it was still a very fun hike.

Wanted to finish hiking this super-low elevation trail at 4.0 mph or faster. This is an excellent, well-paved, easy trail for many activities -- walking, hiking, running, biking, rollerblading and skating, bird watching, the list goes on and on. Although usually populated, this trail's environment offers enough individuality, tranquility, and inner peace to allow one to not mind the crowd. I will be visiting this trail frequently.

I actually hiked 3.5-3.6 miles because my out-n-back turn-around point was at 1.75-1.8 miles -- so, about 0.2 miles was unrecorded. I was trekking along nicely when I looked and my recorded track was stopped. I'm not sure why it stops sometimes. Perhaps toggling back and forth between apps (which is what I was doing, listening to music while hiking) is a cue to stop recording the track. I was consistently checking, so I missed only 2/10 of a mile's worth of data.

I'm happy with this hike. My challenge for this trail is to finish 2.5 hours of hiking at 4.0 mph or better, with absolutely no running (5-mile turn-around point in 75 minutes). This is easier said than done for many.

horseback riding
8 months ago

I did not hike the trail but I did school my horse there and I absolutely loved it

A nice soothing Trickling stream is next to Trail until u hit AT.

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