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This is a four star trail normally but man! I came home with 3 ticks after really checking myself and my friend who went with me. Very muddy today too. Nice trail- I'd say moderate to easy difficultly level. But these ticks! I would take a lot of precautions if you're going here in the next few weeks. I haven't had that many ticks on me at once in 22 years!

hiking
16 hours ago

This is an easy trail starting at a private home off Alberton road. The trail is an old road that ran through the town of Daniels, which (what was left of it) was destroyed by Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Ther are two church ruins in the 2.5 mile stretch, with St. Stanislaus being off the main trail and up a hill into the woods. It was a church that had been struck by lightning and burned in 1926 and had not received the funds to be rebuilt. There is a small abandoned cemetery there as well. It is a beautiful place with the earth reclaiming most of the building. Further down the easy trail is a much more noticeable Pentecostal church, in sight of Daniels Dam. Along this route are several old vehicle ruins, abandoned due to the great flood after Agnes. If the weather is warm, wading/swimming and fishing are allowed in the area.

This trail connects to a much longer set of trails through Patapsco that wind through Woodstock and up to McKeldin area, if you are interested in taking a long day hike.

Really neat piece of history along here, Wikipedia has some great info on Elkton/Alberton/Daniels and the Mill that existed before the ghost town.

hiking
17 hours ago

backpacking
18 hours ago

I was lucky enough to finish before the rain came. Feel sorry for all the people having Cookouts for the Memorial Weekend. The park was super crowded and the line getting into the main entry, when I was leaving, was 10 cars long. The Grist Mill trail is paved and flat but the RIdge and View Valley will kick your butt in some areas. Trails were mainly dry and only water in a few spot. Well, not anymore. Rained quite hard when the shower came through.