Prettyboy Reservoir Hemlock Trail

Manchester, Maryland

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Get a taste of Appalachia within a grove of centuries-old hemlocks. After a hike that can be strenuous at times, cool off with a refreshing dip in the icy Big Gunpowder River. The trail goes downhill toward the water, and almost immediately you’ll see the graffiti-covered underside of the bridge you just crossed in your car. Head left on the little dirt path following the river downstream. The trail is packed dirt and can be very close and narrow, especially in summer; pull up your socks if you don’t want to catch poison ivy. Occasionally you’ll catch glimpses of the swift, loud river on the right through the thick underbrush. Over the river as well as up the hill on your left, you’ll see tall trees, but this part of the path is pretty much exposed to the sun.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Get a taste of Appalachia within a grove of centuries-old hemlocks. After a hike that can be strenuous at times, cool off with a refreshing dip in the icy Big Gunpowder River. The trail goes downhill toward the water, and almost immediately you’ll see the graffiti-covered underside of the bridge you just crossed in your car. Head left on the little dirt path following the river downstream.

The trail is packed dirt and can be very close and narrow, especially in summer; pull up your socks if you don’t want to catch poison ivy. Occasionally you’ll catch glimpses of the swift, loud river on the right through the thick underbrush. Over the river as well as up the hill on your left, you’ll see tall trees, but this part of the path is pretty much exposed to the sun.

©  Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Manchester
Distance: 1.25
Elevation Gain: 570 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Lineboro
Driving Directions: Directions to Prettyboy Reservoir: Hemlock Trail

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