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Nice short trail, but definitely room to explore to make it longer if you wanted to. Loved the quickness today with snow still on the ground, but just needing to get out.

A very nice park with well maintained trails. It does get a bit muddy, but the views of the loch raven dam are very nice.

The area around the Bench gets incredibly confusing since the trails somewhat disappear and some lead onto private property.

Have always enjoyed this one with my family. Great for bikes.

Well marked trails. Orange trail has a bit of up and down through the forest and Red Trail is relatively flat. Bathrooms/Port-o-Potties at both ends of the Red Trail.

1-6, The park is beautiful and worth a visit! This trail recording was a very random “loop.” Needed to consult to app on a few sections. Took us a little under 2 hours

2 days ago

Nice trail for entire family. Enjoyed the day. Review the turtle trail as it has the same starting point. Best I can figure you combine the two to get more bang for your trip.

Accidentally took the blue trail and 6 miles became 11. Still a great hike on a well marked trail.

Decent winter hike.

Is such a beautiful place, I recommend this if you like natural trails. This place is a dog friendly, horse friendly. The trails might be a little confusing , so I’ll recommend take a picture of the map or take your phone with you in case you get a little lost. Love this place.

horseback riding
3 days ago

I live here so I go horse back riding and hiking back there all the time. Beautiful to be so far away from roads. I will warn people that lots of people get lost. The trails are not marked well and there are lots of little side trails as it was logged at one time. Lots of nature and the power line while man made is still amazing it goes on forever it seems.

3 days ago

Definitely cold in the tunnel and some beautiful bats! Waterfalls on other side of tunnel were very nice. Definitely take a flash light as it was very wet and muddy with all the rain we are having.

3 days ago

Beautiful Beautiful Place. The power of the water is amazing. Multiple places for nice pictures.

Beautiful trail, even on a muddy winter day, with several pretty features like a river, waterfall, and winding paths with some light scrabbling over streams.

I hike this area mainly in the winter. - Most of the time I come here it's always muddy in many sections. - With the temperatures in the 30's and the ground basically freezing mud is no problem. - I didn't see anyone around but It was very windy out. - This is quite an easy area to hike or bike because its all basically flat. - I parked out on Landing Rd. today and hiked in. - During the summer you may want to park within the Sport Complex. One of the main trail heads is at the very end of the Sport Complex road.

A nice hike along the water. A few inclines but a fairly easy hike. Beautiful views at the lighthouse and inside of it.

6 days ago

The family and I love the time we spend here

6 days ago

I agree with the other reviews that this should be considered moderate. Had some difficulty finding the trailhead, but it was a great hike otherwise.

The Dam is completely gone and they are grading the hill to be able to complete the Grist Mill Trail. - I spoke with the State Park Supervisor regarding the Grist Mill Trail. - He informed me that when the construction crew finished up top where the dam was then work will start on the sections down below. The only damage below in the Memorial Day storm was two Foot Bridges and the parking lot at the Pond. I will keep you up to date regarding this matter. - This is basically why I have been hiking one side of the park more then the other. - The Grist Mill is the main connector to the entire Baltimore County side of the Avalon, Orange Grove, Hilton, Glen Artney and Hilltop trails.

Wonderful overlook

FYI went to go try this trail out 1/5 and the trail was closed

Nice 2 mile hike.

What a beautiful day on the trail. - The temperatures almost got in the 50's. - It even feels warmer when the wind isn't blowing. - I continue to basically hike in the same area but I do hike it in many different ways. - The restroom by the swinging bridge and down at the playground are the only two open. - Quite a few cars in the park for being a weekday. - Many people walking dogs on the park main River Rd.

Muddy, but a great walk. I ended up extending the trail with a detour onto Garrett's Pass, and I practically had the trail to myself the whole way. I took the loop counterclockwise, which I highly recommend if your knees have issues going downhill.

Mostly easy family trails with some cool water views; plus a few preserved trails with less people and more birds.

road biking
7 days ago

Rode this trail several times. very nice, peaceful. I really enjoy riding here.

7 days ago

Lots of cyclists but a nice, easy walk with my senior dog.

1/6/19: This hike was a great break from being in D.C. There is a lot to see in a relatively close proximity. I hiked counterclockwise starting with Chimney Rock and saving Cunningham Falls for last. There’s a nice bench at the Thurmont Vista for lunch and the trails are very clearly marked. I took a few side excursions and and walked all the way around Wolf Rock and ended with 11.3 miles total. Parts of the trail was extremely crowded, while the stretch between Thurmont Vista and Blue Ridge Summit Vista was empty. There is one restroom at the Hog Rock parking area along with picnic tables. The only two draw backs are crossing the road to get to Cunningham Falls and front side of the trails follows along the road. The short .5 miles stroll to the Blue Blazes Moonshine Still has an outstanding story to go along with it.

Not sure we found Nacho and Hop the Snake... but we ran Morning Choice (Yellow), Cascade Falls (Blue), and Ridge (Orange). We ended up doing Orange to yellow to Blue to Orange again. Rockburn Branch (Purple) is a loop that can be done off of orange but we weren't sure the trail marker for hop the snake or Nacho so we just did the loop around rockburn and it was about 6.5 miles.

Loved this hike. I didn't do the Sherwood portion. I went from Reynolds Rd to Jerusalem Mill and back. The Little Gunpowder was running high and is spectacular.

Completed on 7 Jan 2019. Muddy in the low lying areas, but very peaceful. Did not see another person until I got to Parker’s Creek Loop. Some decent climbs but was still able to jog the majority of the way. This is a great workout and I’ll definitely be going back.

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