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lots of shade, beautiful river views. watch out for mountain bikes coming up from behind you, makes you jump when you don't hear them but they are nice about it.

trail running
5 hours ago

Much better early in the morning.

I feel like this is the perfect trail to try trail running, I did it for the first time and loved all the different paths there were. From packed soil to loose rock to creak crossings and soft pine needle cushioned ground there was a ton to experience. The spring bloom and lake views didn’t hurt either . Would definitely recommend getting true trail running shoes, my sauconys didn’t really offer the foot support for rock and roots. Good luck all!

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
1 day ago

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

what a wonderful trail! perfect mix of inclines and declines, nice smooth patches of trail as well as spiky Rocky ones. great views and lovely shade. saw some wildlife and wildflowers.

Nice moderate hike if you take some of the trails up hills. Others are flat walks around open areas where its well maintained. A little muddy in spots right now because of recent rains, but if you're an avid hiker they're not that troublesome. A grade below some trails at Gunpowder Falls, but a good walk closer to home.

muddy
scramble
1 day ago

End of May hike. Noone else on but us. Second time on this trail but couldn't make it to the falls because the 3rd major steam crossing was too high. The first 2 crossings we got our feet soaked but 3rd was too much. Did 1.8 miles in 1:25. Much of the lag was going off trail again because I just can't seem to track the white trail blaze. But I'm looking down quite a bit trying to figure out the trail and making sure I don't trip. And trying to figure out our way thru the steam. Fun rocky terrain in the first part of the hike.

great little walking trail! boaters and fishers and dog walkers, oh my!

bird watching
1 day ago

Lovely trail in late spring. Bird highlights - Baltimore Oriole nesting pair, bluebird, American Bald Eagle.

TRAIL UPDATE: MAY 2019 - ( This Featured Trail Loop is OPEN ) Two miles of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN. - From the Lost Lake Pond up to the Sawmill / Forest Glen Trail Tunnel is now open. - So is the Swinging Bridge. - Special signs are posted regarding the evacuation point in the event of flooding. The two footbridges at the train tunnels are gone so beware of water crossings in those locations. The upper section above where the dam was is almost finished. - That section is still closed.

hiking
bridge out
rocky
1 day ago

Looping the Glen Artney area can be done in many directions and via many different trails. - This is a great section for doing larger miles because of the Grist Mill Trail being the main connection point. - This is the smaller of many loops I do on this side of the park. - Half up then half down. - Finishing the last mile on the flat paved Grist Mill and the road to the Soapstone Trail. - Only one section of trail is very rocky and that's at the tunnel. - ( Backside Of Nun's Trail. )

trail running
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

Great views. It’s a stretch to call this moderate. Fairly rocky in a couple very short sections but aside from that an easy hike with very little elevation change. A bit rocky in spots for trail running but will do again.

First time here. Felt like I was going up hill the whole time. Good workout ride.

Moderate hike. Some hills. If you visit with the cows be mindful of the electric fence if you have kiddos with you.

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

Excellent trail with an abundance of wild life. Wear bug spray or they will literally try to attack you non stop, all at once.

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

Great trail that goes through fields, woods, and along the Monocacy River. Be sure to wear bug spray when on the trail near the river, the bugs will literally attack you all at once. Very calming, some hills, and you can visit cows!

will be nicer when the construction is finished. too much noise, otherwise quite nice.

hiking
2 days ago

My husband and I took our toddlers on this trail with hiking carriers and they at times even hiked up the trail. It’s a switch back trail that’s not too long, but very steep. We had fun and brought lunch to eat at the top and the kids loved climbing on the rocks at the top too. The View of the river is beautiful once you reach the top.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail, saw lots of birds and a turtle. The trail is nicely paved and is pretty flat/easy to walk. It's the middle of May and there are lots of wild roses in bloom the air smells amazing. I started from the Gaithersburg end and turned back after finishing the first 5 miles, wish to walk the entire trail and back on another day!

This was an awesome hike. First time back on a trail in a good while. Took my retriever puppy and she loved it. Challenging enough but peaceful at the same time. Waterfalls made for a very nice finishing touch ha

mountain biking
2 days ago

Fantastic trail and wasn’t too busy on a beautiful Saturday afternoon

Great little community park, trails not busy and very well marked. Easy and well maintained, good for all skill levels.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 days ago

Really great Nature walk not long and you cross bridges of water. We saw birds, deer, frogs, butterflies, fish, and dragon flies.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

I like this trail as it's close to home, so it's good for time you can't travel. Very quickly as you get into the woods it seems like you are much further away from development then you really are.

on Myrtle Point Loop

hiking
3 days ago

I love that the foot path is not always clearly marked and manicured, makes for an adventurous walk. However, if you remember to look up, the trees are marked every 100 yards or so with the appropriate path color. The Kingfisher Trail to Deep Woods Trail is mostly flat with a few mild grades. The path is unpaved throughout, including a variety of terrain—mud, dirt, grass, holly leaves, tree roots, and a bit of gravel. The fairly dense vegetation offers seclusion, beauty, and opens to a small beach. Light foot traffic in the morning included 5 fellow pedestrians with at least one dog each, some on leash, some off (that’s the reality despite park rules to have dogs on leash). The park also offers a port a potty, picnic table, trash can, and trail maps near the main parking lot. Look forward to doing the entire trail in the future.

Super fun! Lots of great views along the way, the best of which is Chimney Rock. If you’re trying to do the whole loop I recommend starting in that direction (go right from the main parking lot) and ending up at Cunningham Falls. The Falls are beautiful but not really much of a hike; they’re more of a short walk from the visitor center.

it's very heavily trafficked. someone gave me a paper as I was leaving that said people would have to start making reservations to hike the trail because it is so busy.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked about 1/2 of the 20.5 miles. So much of trail is along the water which is beautiful scenery. Hadn't rained in a few days so trail only had a few wet areas. Need pants and boots for sure. Great trail. Plan on hiking the 2nd 1/2 soon.

road biking
3 days ago

When biking or hiking you can loop the Grist Mill by simply crossing over the Swinging Bridge. - The upper end of the Grist Mill is not yet opened but when it does you can go all the way to Ilchester Rd. - Be sure to read the evacuation signs in case of flooding. - 2 Miles up the Grist Mill to the Sawmill Trail Tunnel is open. - If riding a bike, To be safe, be sure to dismount from the bike when crossing over the temporary bridge. - It's extremely rocky. - Evening breeze was nice and not many people in the park on a weekday.

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