Easy access from I-83. First time to use the trail with my wife and we had a ball. The weather was great, the trail surface in good shape, and nice little communities along the way. It is a bit over 20 miles to reach York, PA. Been walking, biking and horseback riding this trail plenty of times over the years. There is no food along the trail except for ice cream bars at Monkton station and a few miles down trail from New Freedom where a homeowner has a little stand with snacks and wa It is a well maintained trail and a fantastic resource for walkers, joggers, cyclist, horseback riders and others. I've been looking for a trail that has so much to offer, It's my new go to spot to get miles in. A few inclines here, a few declines there. Rode the Torrey Brown Trail for the first time ever this past Saturday, going north, with two friends, from the Phoenix Rd lot just over four miles, for a round trip of a little over 8 miles. There was a lot of uphill riding heading back, and I hit my isotonic drink pack pretty hard to make it up, but it felt great once I was back on level ground again. The trail was busy in the morning and we saw quite a few runners. Yes mush. Very bucolic, verdant, quiet, never crowded, very good surface, very interesting adjacent water by the Gunpowder Falls creek which becomes very beautiful mid trail with small waterfalls. The scenery on the sides of the trail is very nice, but the trail itself is not. Lots to see and do, our kids love it. We've been riding or running this trail for years and it is so much busier than I remember it being. All total we spent about 4 hours out. Rode entire length, from Cockeysville to New Freedom, and another 5 miles into PA on the Heritage trail, then back. Parking Options: Mile 0.5 Paper Mill: This site is nearest to the convention center, but typically the most crowded. Its nice to have the mile markers along the way, along with plaques telling about local information along the trail. I love this trail Emma, Of course this trail is a 5 star, been planning a sprint ride for a while ( but I wish it was black top )My family and i have done slow casual rides and walks before but on 3/31, I did my first 20 mile sprintit's a great trail, it's used often and its very busy with other cyclists and animal lovers ( so be careful and keep communicating especially if you'll sprinting, pls)a lot of scenery and places to rest also has outdoor accommodationsI travel from South Jeresy my home state just to use this trailit does have a nice slight incline as your heading to PA. so be ready to enjoy a burn about 7 miles in...CAN'T WAIT TO DO ALL 39 MILES OF ITTHEN ON TO YORK PA. TOOENJOY THE RIDE. My ride was on a weekday, so traffic was light. The PA side is very consistent crushed stone, and quite easy to ride on even with a road bike. Carmel Road. Additional Information. The Maryland portion of the trail is 19.7 miles, starting at New Freedom added another 1.5 miles to my ride. About 90% was under a tree canopy and that made the ride for me. It's such a pleasant and peaceful ride, with the rushing water from Gunpowder Falls audible from several spots. Hopefully with it being well known the idiots will refrain from doing this again. We are empty nesters now. Very friendly hikers,cyclists and the trail is just awesome. The trail is 10 feet wide with a stone dust surface. Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail Academic disciplines Business Concepts Crime Culture Economy Education Energy Events Food and drink Geography Government Health Human behavior Humanities Knowledge Law Life Mind Objects Organizations People Philosophy Society … First time on this trail last weekend. Picked this trail because it was flat and went for a number of miles. My wife dropped me off in Ashland and we met up for lunch in New Freedom at Paesano's Pizza . I was concerned about conditions after the extended rains we had all Spring. The points of interest along the trail include the restored 1898 Monkton Train Station and the Sparks Bank Nature Center. It's about 20 miles from the trailhead in Hunt Valley to the Maryland/Pennsylvania line. The Sparks Bank Nature Center has finally reopened after repairs from flooding during hurricane Sandy. Simply wonderful from White Hall (11 mile post) to Ashland (0 mile post) and back. From what I experienced, the vibration on the hybrid caused discomfort in my shoulders and glutes, but it comes with the territory on this type of surface. The transitions from trail to bridges and at road crossings are also very rough. If you see us, stop and ask us about how mush fun it is! Any dogs (though our groups tends to have northern breeds like Siberians and Malamutes). My husband and I are new to biking. ", "This trail from Ashland to the Mason-Dixon Line is a beautiful, scenic trail. You can purchase items geared towards the trail here and get information about upcoming rides/events. Even the people walking the trail were going around the muddy spots. Would like to see more mileage signs though. Decided to enjoy the beautiful weather and hit the trail. Well worth the time - highly recommended. The trail has good restroom and water facilities. Recommended. Compared to the Pennsylvania portion which I also rode six miles north and return, it is seriously deficient. One of the more popular trails is the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, an old railway corridor that extends over 20 miles from Cockeysville to the border of Pennsylvania, and features a mix of bridges, asphalt, and gravel terrain. We have seen lots of wildlife including a red fox. It was worth it in the long run. I have noticed in the last couple of years the MD section of it has gotten really bad. My straight-bar, GIANT hybrid handled it well though. At the MD–PA border near New Freedom, the trail continues as the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. I think the terrain took it's tole more-so than the hills. "I have cycled the combined North Central Railroad (NCR) Trail and York County Heritage (YCH) Trail many times both in sections and the entire length, up and back. Beautiful but be careful the maintence is a little lacking these days. The terrain on the MD side varies quite a bit, but is generally packed dirt. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. After crossing the state line, near New Freedom, the grade declines all the way to York, PA. The trail is well shaded so even on a hot day, the temperatures are tolerable. Since it was the 4th of July weekend, it was quite crowded but never difficult to navigate. Rail Trail Cafe in New Freedom is a must - outstanding wraps. It's hard to compare it to the Heritage trail. My eleven year old son had an interesting comment on the NRCT trail...he said it is "mysterious". 2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD 21087 (410) 592-2897. A larger and more popular parking lot is located just a half-mile farther north along Paper Mill Road. Monkton Station - From I-83 N, take exit 27 and turn right on Mt. Full Details. My favorite ride is from Parkton to Hanover Station (about 37-38 miles round trip). In 2008, Brown received the Woodrow Wilson Award, an award given to Hopkins' alumni for distinguished public service, from the Johns Hopkins University alumni association. ", "I did a portion of this trail, accessing the trail in Freeland where I parked in the paved lot. While the railroad itself is long-gone (unlike the York County Heritage Rail Trail, which closely parallels a rail line that is technically still active, but has seen little use south of York city in recent years), relics of its existance, including old signal towers, mileposts, warning markers and train stations can still be seen at points all along the route. The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. What a wonderful experience. ""While some riders do ""skinny up"" when other riders approach, far too many do not. We walked for about 4 miles and it's mostly a wooded area, but it's very serene. We traveled to the end of the trail, which was now asphalt, took some pictures and then worked our way to the hotel for the night. Cross car traffic wasn't much of a problem on this trail. Great walking/cycling trail, following the original path of the North Central Railroad, from Ashland, Hunt Valley the 20 miles to Freeland Pennsylvania. Kids, dogs lots of folks The rail-trail is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as part of the Gunpowder Falls State Park. … The trail is in great shape and has many interesting things to see. We rode from New Freedom almost to the end past Monkton and return, a total of about 47 miles. on weekends, unless you get there early (the crowd dies down substantially once you get past the range station at mile marker 7). We always start at the Ashland trail head and go north to Monkton. I have been riding this trail for 25 years and I am sorry to see it not as well maintained as it used to be. Together, the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail and the Heritage Rail Trail were inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2015. The shade canopy is complete providing cover about 85% of the trip. Summer it's open from Wednesday through Sunday. Lovely shade, perfect for summer rides. Hotels and motels can also be found within a mile of the trail. It took us five hours one way (37 miles - not bad for a thirty-something and his 9-year old son!). Plans to eventually join the trail to the East Coast Greenway and the Jones Falls Trail will ensure its popularity for the foreseeable future. Very peaceful and quiet, we couldn't stop walking. The northern half, less so. Monkton Station is closed during the winter months except for bathroom facilities. There are multiple trail heads with Montkton serving as a great mid-point as it offers a cafe, real bathrooms and a small museum. We are hoping that the lower 2/3 of the NRCT are nicer than the Northern third. Cycling or hiking the Torrey Brown Rail Trail is a must for any trail lover who lives in north-central Maryland or south-central Pennsylvania. There's room for at least 10 cars. There are picnic tables, bathrooms, and even a little snack bar set out by one of the local residents. It is not bad but is noticeable. Even for being a holiday weekend, it wasn't too busy and it was very peaceful. Although we were affected by the "Tack Attack" on our Aug 3 round trip ride - 43 miles, Ashland> New Freedom> Ashland (1 front flat, northbound, 3.5 miles from New Freedom - which has a bicycle shop, thank heavens) - we decided to do the trail again Sept 2, this time 41 miles, one-way, York> Ashland; we had a wonderful day. Signs state that motorized vehicles are not allowed, so I assume the growth is a result of lax maintenance. It is even pleasant on a 95 degree day. We read that parking at Ashland was limited, so we headed for Phoenix, but the road was closed. Its first phase—a 7.2-mile stretch from its southern end at Ashland up to Monkton—opened in 1984. Along the way, the trail provides a scenic and peaceful respite for runners, bikers, hikers, and I see from a recent review, even mushers, which is a new one on me. For a mountain bike, I'm sure that this trail is sufficient enough. Plus you have the opportunity to see or ride the train which is a fun draw to the area. About the NCR Trail. The trail was pleasant passing through forest to countryside along babbling streams that turned into rushing waterfalls. The trail offers a lot of rail history if one is so inclined to enjoy in addition to the outdoors. I rode with my wife from Cockesyville to New Freedom n PA and back and we plan to finish off the remaining side in PA I highly recomend it. Feel free to email if you have questions. We expect to be go again many more times. Since the railway is operational, please stay clear of tracks at all times and cross only at established crossings. Gunpowder Falls State Park PO Box 480 2813 Jerusalem Road Kingsville, MD 21087. The trail is also in excellent condition, has some towns along the way and some more nice stuff to see. I'm pretty sure it has not rained very much so I cannot understand the condition of the trail. The trail extends from Cockeysville, Maryland to the boundary with Pennsylvania. It is a very popular trail for families, but for good reason, it is wide and pretty flat, which makes it easier for children. Very few amenities and services at all. This summer my wife just gave up and turned back, too scared to ford one which completely covered the trail for maybe 20-30 feet. A great start to the Summer. We started in Cockeysville and headed north to York. I'm not sure why the trail guide has you go to a entry point without parking while there is plenty of parking at the train station less than a mile away. A 19.7 mile trail-trail that continues to Pennsylvania line, and passes through many historic communities, offering recreation to cyclists, hikers, joggers, and horseback riders. I saw more people on the Torrey Trail than I had on the Heritage Trail, and it was pleasant. I rode 6.5 miles to the Parkton access and back again. The scenery is wonderful and the natural canopy was wonderful on this 90 degree day. The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding and horseback riding. The trail continues into Pennsylvania as the York County Heritage Rail Trail . Much of the trail has deteriorated to two narrow single tracks. Weekdays are best if … The physical address is 2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, MD 21087. The Sparks lot was filled, but just west of it, before you cross the river on Sparks Road, there is an old park with an abandoned building. Plenty of parking, beautiful scenery, and friendly trail-users. I will return just to ride the Brown trail entirely. Local residents who had initially opposed the project changed their minds once they realized that hikers, cyclists and horseback riders did not pose a threat to their communities, and, to the contrary, presented new small business opportunities. As of 9/8/02, the trail has been resurfaced. Through this area, I found the trail to be sheer joy. The trail in MD has limited scenery as the trail tends to be more like a hiking trail with woods close by on each side, while PA is more open, allowing some better views. The converted train station at Monkton serves as the trail headquarters and has good services for hikers and bikers. It's our "go-to" trail. The entire trail is in very good condition, is flat and offers plenty of shade to keep you cool. While we saw deer, turtles, a snake and a crane, our overall enjoyment was somewhat dampened by the floaters and the lack of food on the trail. There are numerous other access points and parking areas along the entire route; refer to the map for more details. Right after the border you reach a nice little town called New Freedom, PA. You can stop to relax and have some lunch in the town. My son and I just finished riding the entire trail. Now that the restaurant in Monkton is open, with a delicious healthy menu, my wife and I try to ride this trail once or twice a month. We repeated the beginning 5 miles because we forgot something got to make the 5 mile climb into New Freedom twice. Watch for the blackberry branches that hit you in the face as you pedal along. Heading out of Cockeysville this trail will take you all the way to the Pennsylvania state border where the trail continues as the York County Heritage Rail Trail, terminating in downtown York. There is plenty of parking, so if one parking lot is full, just drive to the next one. We rode the trail today from Cockeysville, MD to New Freedom today. 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