This is a challenging and rewarding trail that exposes you to some of Maryland's finest natural spaces. 

Park at the Cotoctin Mountain Visitor's Center off of Foxville road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is accessible March-November and is dog-friendly. 

Photos: Melanie K Reed Photography, TrailVoice

Pack List

  • Good shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sun protection
  • Layers
  • Camera
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RT Distance 8.58 Miles
Elevation Gain 1696 Feet
Activities Camping, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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