Prettyboy Reservoir CCC Trail

Parkton, Maryland

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Enjoy a solitary stroll through a pine forest on an old fire road. The out loop will tease you with water views, and the return loop will lead you to the water’s edge. Beginning at the trailhead, you’ll enter the forest on a very wide path, cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Depression-era jobs program. The dirt and gravel trail here has two clearly discernible tire tracks with higher grass in the middle. Deep woods flank the trail, but the width of the path gives you open walking space.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Enjoy a solitary stroll through a pine forest on an old fire road. The out loop will tease you with water views, and the return loop will lead you to the water’s edge.

Beginning at the trailhead, you’ll enter the forest on a very wide path, cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Depression-era jobs program. The dirt and gravel trail here has two clearly discernible tire tracks with higher grass in the middle. Deep woods flank the trail, but the width of the path gives you open walking space.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Parkton
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Hereford, New Freedom
Driving Directions: Directions to Prettyboy Reservoir: CCC Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/3/2011
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12/28/2008
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This is a nice area with interlaced wide fire roads. We suggest printing a topo map which shows them. The map in the guide is limited. A few notes on the guide: 1- Tracey's Store Road is marked with a typical street sign, and 2- there are 3 areas with an orange cable strung between orange posts. We think the author intended for the 3rd of these to be the trailhead. The 1st has a no parking sign but we parked there and walked the trail to a beautiful section of the reservoir. We then drove further up Tracey's Store Road, passed the 2nd orange cable, and parked where the 3rd is. There were other cars parked there and the fire roads matched the map if you ignore all the other fire roads intersected which are absent from the guide books map. This place may be beautiful in the fall. We also noted a trailhead off the intersection of I-83 and Mr. Carmel Road, and that Pretty Boy is next to Gunpowder Falls SP.


9/16/2007
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This is a great family-friendly trail. We were seeking a trail that would accomodate our jogging stroller and this was it. Although a little off the main road, it is stroller accessible, we really enjoyed our early fall afternoon here.



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