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hiking
19 hours ago

My dogs and I wanted to get out and the nice weather today and this park is pretty close to my house. It’s probably really beautiful in the summer time, so I suggest going then. Parking was great, but again, I can see it running out quickly on a really nice day. The only real negative thing I can say about this outing is that there was no where for me to throw away my dogs wastes. The paths are really easy to follow.

Ran the loop again. Missed one major turn. iPhone ran out near the end; Garmin says 1:00:23 time, 4.62 mi, 370C, 488 gain, 495 loss, and average HR 135 bpm. Recording posted.

The parks are getting super crowded on weekends now. Today, there was the boy scouts camping for the weekend in the Hilton Area. The trails were very crowded and the kids were loaded up with hiking gear. The Sawmill, Santee and Forest Glen trails are the rockiest in the whole park system. These trail will connect you from the Orange Grove area to the Hilton area. Many people will hike from the Hilton area all the way to the Cascade Falls, which is located near the Swinging Bridge. If you would like a special map I created 2 years ago email me, ( baltoken@yahoo.com )

Expected it to be more flat but had a good time.

Not a tough hike but peaceful. Can walk this trail several times a week, plus when your done you can go to the Nature sanctuary.

Absolutely love this trail. It was my first long distance hike. Very peaceful and beautiful scenic trails. At the end of the trail you come to this wide open space where I watched the sunset as a reward for finishing.

It was a nice incline but thought it would be longer. Due to some of the trail being closed due to flooding or remodeling(?) overall it was a nice little workout.

I did this trail as a shakedown hike with my new backpacking gear. Made a reservation for 1 of the 2 shelters (equipped with outhouse and fire pit) that are located close to the halfway point. Perfect setup for this, or even just for a quick overnight trip. The trail has some moderate ups and downs, nothing to serious. Well marked trail. I loved the shelters. The surrounding trees are gorgeous and a little stream meanders behind the site. Leaves were not yet on the trees, so stargazing was possible and the sky was dark enough to see more than in town. I will definitely be back!

hiking
1 day ago

nice hike with the dogs

Really surprised by the negative reviews. Yes, it’s rustic. Isn’t that a good thing, once in a while? It’s quiet, and there are many places to stop and enjoy the view. It is rarely blocked off for walkers. If vehicle gates are closed it is quite easy to see the well worn paths that go around fences and gates for the hikers. If you like something that is highly developed, I guess you won’t like it. But if you like natural, rustic beauty, just the sounds of nature, and long portions of the path that go by the Bay or Severn River area, you can’t beat it. Some don’t like the view—when you’re not by the water you are walking by natural areas with brush and grasses that attract certain kinds of wildlife.

The Rockburn ( PURPLE ) loop is in my opinion the easiest section of the Avalon area. Once you have hiked up the Water Bars ( Ridge connector ) you will see the Rockburn sign. The entire loop is a well used and marked. Many bikers are always on this section but the trail is plenty wide. Its fairly level with small ups and downs. This loop would be idea for anyone just getting into hiking or mountain biking. There is no water crossings unless you hike part or all of the Hop The Snake trail ( Blue ). Part of my recording includes the New Ridge extension. It's not yet finished but much of it has been cut out already. What's not cut out has flags you can follow. I saw bikers on it today.

easy hike. took about 2hrs 15min. 2 creeks and 3 ponds.

The park is not closed, but is only open to the public when school is not in session.

Please see this link: http://www.hcps.org/harfordglen/About%20Us/HoursOfOperationPage.html

PUBLIC HOURS:

Weekends only beginning the first weekend in April through the last weekend in October, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
Over the summer when school is not in session, seven days per week, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, beginning in June after the last day of school for HCPS students and ending in August before school begins for HCPS staff.
November 1 to March 30: Closed to public; open for school business only.
A general rule to remember is if Harford County Public Schools are in session, then Harford Glen is closed to the public.

hiking
3 days ago

Peaceful and beautiful trail :)

Delightful display of bluebells and trout lilies beside a pretty stream in mid-April.

Wear rubber soled footwear and corduroy because lots of mud and briars. Please clarify to privacy status of the top loop.

Was 100% worth my time. You’re going to be hiking up at a steep angle immediately, which I appreciate. It also gets moderately wet on the way up. Cat Rock is fun to climb and Bob’s Hill has two amazing views.

very nice trail overall, a little above begginer. gets pretty steep at times for novices. at two parts you have to cross little creeks walking across the rocks. a lot of people and dogs on the trail. about 2 hours out and back if you stop at the falls for 10 mins.

This weather has been un-real. Cold or Raining one day then 60's or 70's the next. If the wind didn't die down I wouldn't have left the house. The Cascade, Bike Buster and Garrett's Pass has a lot of down trees. The trails are good to go again. These trails are always well maintained. My 3-mile loop today was one long up then all down the second half. Although we got a lot of rain the day before the trails were very dry. The wind dries the trails but you need to watch for falling branches. The water was a bit deep at the stream crossings and some of the rocks you hop across at the Falls were underwater.
Sunny and in the 60's, Few hikers but plenty of bikers in the evening. Park is very crowded on weekends now. If not on a weekday, come before 10AM or wait until 4PM. Park closes at 7:30PM now.

All/Trails has this area covered. If you don't have a GPS or a map you can really get confused via the mazes. Way to many trails named Yellow. Would be nice if the area was blazed. I took a chance that it wasn't going to rain and made the long drive. I like the trails here. Defined but not well maintained. I saw a few guys fishing. I didn't see anyone on the trails. ( A Very Quite Day ).

hiking
5 days ago

A nice easy trail, with plenty of parking even for an early afternoon start.

Nice hike with a decent elevation gain. Parking at Old South Mountain Inn is free as long as you park in the designated area. There's also a small parking lot at the trail's intersection with Reno Monument Rd if you want to make the hike a little shorter or avoid the campground.

The trail is closed. They had a “detour” so we thought that eventually we would get to the trail but they are renovating pretty much the whole thing. You walk through the city and basically walk a mile out of the way to not not see anything. Would have rather driven to the park /spring and parked in the residential area to check out other trails in the park. I wish there was a notice that the trail was actually CLOSED and not put up the detour sign.

Great Hike; however, the bridge that's currently listed as the connecting point of the two loops is no longer there. There is a trail off of the road in between the bathrooms and the parking lot that will take you to the Masrmore Rd Bridge that can take you to the other loop.

Nice, challenging trail with steep rocky parts that makes for a great workout. Also some nice hidden fishing spots that are quiet and usually free of other anglers. Make sure you have plenty of water and have good hiking or running shoes with good traction.

What a unique place, so scenic and love the horses.

walking
6 days ago

Nice boardwalk area but more for teens and college kids.

Nice for a short hike! There is a little bit of everything, cows, river, woods, and history. I took my wife on her first hike. Great for beginners.

hiking
6 days ago

The best nearby trail for quick workout and taking in views of the Potomac River. Billy Goat Trail A is only 1.7 miles but its designated at moderate level due to rock scrambles. For extra workout, try going back in trail rather than taking the tow path back. Hiking shoes are highly recommended due to rocks and roots. I run this trail almost every weekend and have seen several people injured here. As others mention, free parking across Old Angler's Inn gets filled up real quick so probably getting there before 9 is your best bet.

Although it was a little hard to navigate at first, this was a beautiful hike. We could smell the wildflowers and saw all kinds of birds, groundhogs and a fox.

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