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1 day ago

very cold today. nice clear path.

2 days ago

we enjoyed this trail. It was still covered in snow from an earlier snow storm which just added to the enjoyment.

After a day of rain and warmer temperature the snow had disappeared. - I continue to basically hike in the same area but I do hike this side of the park in many different ways. - The restroom by the swinging bridge and down at the playground are the only two open. - For the past few days the road up to the Glen Artney side has been closed due to ice on the road at the tunnel. - If you hike the Baltimore County side you need to park near the pond and hike up to Soapstone side. The restroom is closed by the Soapstone Trail-head. - You may want to park up on S. Rolling Rd.

2 days ago

Great walk. Also, check out the nature center. lots of mud and snow

Went hiking while there was about 5 inches of snow on the ground and it was beautiful. A little harder to hike but that was by our choice. Very well marked as well. There are many trails to choose from as well. We will be going back multiple times.

I loved this trail! lots of different terrain and sites to see. A little hard to follow at times. I believe I stayed on the course but I ended up walking over 10 miles not 7.

off trail
2 days ago

The white trail was great, we enjoyed with the kids and dog. When we decided to take the orange trail, Jessie’s Trail, it became more challenging. Very rocky and uphill.

Well trafficked, large hill then flat.

Awesome hike. Great overlook and trails

2 days ago

Beautiful scenery with some hills to get your heart rate up.

trail running
3 days ago

With a bit of cabin fever and ground mostly covered with snow (and this trail gets very muddy, very soggy, slushy, and adventurous! I don't recommend this trail after a day of rain...unless, you are like me and don't mind soaked running shoes), I went and attempted this trail. I parked in gravel lot indicated by what is shown here. So, those who said trails were confusing, and mostly 'well' marked, they are right! The course plotted on this map is not all Blockhouse Trail, keep that in mind. (see this map: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/uploads/2016/08/BlockhousePoint-1.pdf)
1. From the parking lot, per the AllTrails map, followed River Road West along the 'Old South River Road Trail'. Technically, the parking lot is sitting on 'Canyon Trail' which heads south straight towards the river.
2. Eventually, you will see there is another parking lot near the intersection of River Rd. & Pettit Way. Turn left onto Blockhouse Trail (oh! I found the actual Blockhouse Trail, lol.)
3. I passed by Fawn Trail, Turkey Fan Trail, Springhouse Trail only because it didn't seem like they were going the way I wanted, I kept on going straight. I stayed right at the intersection of Blockhouse and Springhouse and went over a short bridge. Eventually, I got to the intersection where I found the Calithea Trail. I took a right onto that.
4. On Calithea Trail, heading West (or left on map), you will see the trail will fork, no signs to tell you which is the trail. If you go by tree markings, you would go right. Well, me, being the rebel went left. It felt like right was going to loop me back. In short time it took me down into a ravine onto the flood plain level. Note, I never did follow where that marked trail went to.
5. (really 4b,) Crossed over a creek which, fortunately, was not swollen. And, this connected to an unused dirt road. Even then, just passed the creek, I had to choose a direction, still unmarked, on which way to run on the road. I went left. This eventually took me passed the park boundaries. The red path shown on the map is following this very path. However, just passed the park boundaries, I felt like I was running down somebody's driveway, so, I turned around. Whoever charted this loop on the map made it farther than me.
6. Heading back east, re-crossed the creek, up the hill, I see the PawPaw Trail on my right. Though this is a dead end, or out and back, take it! Beautiful overlook of the Potomac River at the turnaround. It helps that it is Winter and all the leaves are out of the way.
7. I head back PawPaw, reconnect on Calithea making a right, then I quickly see the Blockhouse Trail instersection again, I stayed right and followed the Blockhouse Trail until it dead ends. Along the way, I went right at the intersection of Springhouse Trail & Blockhouse. At this time, I didn't realize I had seen Springhouse Trail prior, short term memory thing, no worries, I'm good. Another beautiful overlook of Potomac.
8. Heading back on Blockhouse Trail, I went right onto Springhouse Trail. Crossed another creek. Eventually, I made a right onto Blockhouse Trail (again) very near the bridge I crossed a bit earlier.
9. Since it was getting late, I didn't venture any trails and went back to my car.

This was a total of 6.2 miles that took me 2 hours, 10 minutes to complete. If it wasn't so sloppy, I would have covered the distance much quicker.

I most definitely will do this again in the spring.

tough trail in winter, went south bound. would rather have gone northbound. creek near manor area was tricky to cross due to higher water levels. I'd say it was worth it if you want to knock out all the maryland backpacking trails
also, I used hiking upward's directions for this map
seems to be 27.9 miles according to them

Beautiful trail with two great waterfalls at either end. Great for all ages being just under a mile for the full loop. We hiked with lots of snow and it was a magnificent site.

Beautiful winter hike. We hiked early Saturday, just before the snow fell. It wasn’t too cold. It was a little muddy in some places but most of the mud froze over, so it made it easier to pass through. The trail isn’t marked very well when you get to the middle. But overall, it was a blast! Definitely recommend.

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.

Very good

Great short hike. I went in January. Lots of ice. I was fine in hiking boots. My pup loved it.

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

Decent winter hike.

9 days ago

Did this trail on 12/30/2018 and it was a really nice trail. Well marked, a bit muddy in spots but completely manageable. The uphill was gentle and the view at the top was beautiful. Perfect for a nice group outing on a beautiful day. I wouldn't call it "challenging" (barely moderate?) but it's got enough uphill that people with knee issues may have trouble.

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.

Super easy hike! Beautiful!

9 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.

This is my second favorite park to hike or bike in. - Well very maintained Park. - .All the trails are Flat. - There is Beavers and Birds in the Marsh area and Deer within other sections of the woods.- Being down by the waterfront be sure to bundle up if it's windy out. - Always colder by the water. - You can park in two locations and there is two Spot-A-Pots. - Yes, for most of us, it is across the Key Bridge and you have the add that cost but I truly recommend you checking it out at least once. - Super easy hiking for the kids too.

Great hike. It was very windy.

12 days ago

The family and I love the time we spend here

12 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.

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