Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area

Owings Mills, Maryland

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Take a quick trip to a look-alike Midwest prairie, where the serpentine landscape provides a rare environment. Then head to the “other side” of Soldiers Delight, which is more typical of the mid- Atlantic. Many people mistakenly assume that the Soldiers Delight Serpentine Trail is named for its shape. In fact, the name refers to the type of soil in the area. Serpentine, or serpentinite, is a mineral that produces extremely nutrient-poor soil that supports few plants and grasses. Exceptions include the rare examples of serpentine grasslands that grow in Soldiers Delight. Many of these grasses are not only rare in Maryland, but across our entire planet.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Take a quick trip to a look-alike Midwest prairie, where the serpentine landscape provides a rare environment. Then head to the “other side” of Soldiers Delight, which is more typical of the mid- Atlantic. Many people mistakenly assume that the Soldiers Delight Serpentine Trail is named for its shape. In fact, the name refers to the type of soil in the area.

Serpentine, or serpentinite, is a mineral that produces extremely nutrient-poor soil that supports few plants and grasses. Exceptions include the rare examples of serpentine grasslands that grow in Soldiers Delight. Many of these grasses are not only rare in Maryland, but across our entire planet.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Owings Mills
Distance: 6.3
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area
Local Maps: USGS Reisterstown
Driving Directions: Directions to Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area

Recent Trail Reviews

11/25/2012
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Good blazed trails; unusual terrain -- very quiet, didn't run into any other hikers.


11/29/2009
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This NEA has very well marked trails, covers both unusual grassy plains common in the midwest and ground typical of east, and is a fairly easy hiking trail. Some people jog it but there are a lot of small rocks to stumble on so I wouldn't recommend it for jogging. I've been here many times and will return. Access is easy. The nature center is run by volunteers and often closed but the bathrooms may be accessed from the rear of the building.



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Apr 2018