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Great hike. If you take the left trailhead it’s about a mile uphill. Good workout. Great bouldering at wolf rock and beautiful view at chimney rock. Lots of rock jutting out on trail. We took time outs at both wolf and chimney and did the loop in 2 hr 30 min. Will be back!

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!

Trail is not well marked or maintained. There was lots of trash and spider webs every few steps...would not recommend

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.

trail running
1 day ago

Park on seminary, NW corner. Cross over Dulaney Valley rd to start the trail. Meander past the utility substations, cross a small creek and you’re on the trail. Just when you get started, I like to hang a left and follow the reservoir. I don’t think it is hilly but some steady grades that will test you.

Good views. Does get muddy and 1 or 2 sections will require a tip toe or get wet scenario. Nice single track.

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

Loved it!

Beautiful hike. I got lost but managed to find myself back on a trail! Found a rattle snake so be aware of your surroundings. Happy hiking :)

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
3 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.

This is a beautiful forested trail with some moderate climbs. We tacked on a portion of the Thurmond Vista trail for some additional distance and views, cutting back to the visitors center before Wolf rock (roughly 6 miles total). It took us about 2hrs 40 min with some stops to take in the views and the falls. Recommend going counterclockwise.

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!

Great hike on a short loop. I went right first to Tolliver falls which is small but has a little beach and pool area if u want to cool off. Then upper falls that you can go on and has a nice vista view down river and a little down the river a nice view back upstream at it. Lower falls after that then nice rocky hike to muddy creek falls the biggest of the group.

Great loop with kids! Nice uphill climb and great workout!

Beautiful for slow stroll in a crowd. Not sure it qualifies as a trail any more than mall walking does. What kind of trail is rated by lots of shopping, dining and drinking?

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.

hiking
5 days ago

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

It was a nice trail and puppy had access to water at the halfway point. Was a little bummed that it didn't have better views.

So right off the batnn the trail isn't marked well. The sign that leads into the trail, which says nothing about it actually being the trail, has a wasp nest in it. There is no sign telling you which way the trail goes, so I went to the right. Bad move, because the trail ended after a minute of running. What's even more fun, there was a nasty wasp nest hiding in the bushes, and one managed to sting me right in the neck. This trail needs to at least be marjed better, and having two wasp nests is kind of frustrating. So... at least until I come back and go the other way, this trail is not recommended. If you do go on it, watch out for the wasps.

Great trail! We went off the trail for a while due to unmarked pathways, and found it interestingly challenging but manageable. We eventually merged with Merryman’s Mill loop.

** MESSAGE REGARDING CLOSURES **: The Soapstone Trail heading up to S. Rolling Rd. is OPEN but there are detours which places you on the new Star Struck trail. The Inner Soapstone is CLOSED. The Vineyard Trail is CLOSED.
The Santee Branch trail is OPEN but you have to access it via the Bike Jumper from the top end of Bull Run Trail. These three trails are the only ones OPEN on the Glen Artney side of the park which is the Baltimore County side. The Lost Lake parking lot and Grist Mill trail have been totally damaged from all the recent floods.
Your best option is to enjoy the Howard County side of the Park. When entering Avalon section turn left towards the Playground. Plenty of trails on this side. I have trail maps I created if you need help. baltoken@yahoo.com

Great...I'd definitely do it again.

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