Hiking Maryland & Delaware
by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)
© David Edwin Lillard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
My fiancee and I recently did this trail and it seemed a little confusing to say the least. The park is slightly at fault for this but the guide is lacking in certain respects, especially the colors of the trail blazes when on different trails. Once at the farm ruins, you actually need to turn back and get on the trail you were on...the farm ruins are a detour from a trail in an open field. We did abridge the hike at Rock Run road and started back toward the parking area on the side of the road. If we hadn't done this, we would have missed a great waterfall...absolutely beautiful. This cuts the hike down perhaps 1.5 miles, but it is a 4+ hour hike at a decent pace and the waterfall was a well-needed rest. This is a moderate hike, not really the easiest since there are a couple of streams to cross with no bridges and there are substantial uphill portions with quick elevation changes. Not climbing, but not a run either...
This is a review regarding the trail description more than of the trail itself. The information provided was woefully out of date and inadequate. The parking area is under construction and there aren't many safe places to park your car and prepare for the hike with a young hiker in tow. Also, you are expected for cross deep streams with no footbridge or rocks available for a young hiker to navigate. The write up should include this type of information. A lovely watering hole in the heat of summer is a chilly experience in early spring. The park is lovely, but the trail recommendation for an easy hike with youngsters is inadequate.
A nice family hike area. I found myself wondering if this is what America was like a hundred or so years ago. The trail brings you to see old historical homes and buildings. Wandering back into the trail, it becomes thick with growth. A one point the trail will take you along the road and across from it you will find a small river. Locals relax in the cool water in the summer time. But this a place to relax and take a break. It was a pleasant experience, but I have enjoyed trails that take your breath away. This was not one of them.
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