Gillis Falls Trail

Woodbine, Maryland

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Take a short but secluded walk through a varied landscape—river valley, rolling fields, and piedmont forest. Follow the sign to Gillis Falls Trailhead and go left from the parking area; you’ll see a little path to the right heading toward Grimville Road, but stay on the path on the edge of the more pleasant wooded area for a little while longer (you’ll come out to the same place either way). You will come to the big open field of the equestrian center on your right before you will enter the woods on a path at 0.3 miles. The nice wide dirt trail heads downhill; at 0.5 miles, at the bottom of the hill, you’ll come to a wide fire road. Go right (this is where you would have wound up if you had taken the path to Grimville Road that you passed at the top of the trail). Gillis Falls is on your left; don’t expect a waterfall—it’s a stream, generally 10 to 20 feet across and a few feet deep at best.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Take a short but secluded walk through a varied landscape—river valley, rolling fields, and piedmont forest. Follow the sign to Gillis Falls Trailhead and go left from the parking area; you’ll see a little path to the right heading toward Grimville Road, but stay on the path on the edge of the more pleasant wooded area for a little while longer (you’ll come out to the same place either way).

You will come to the big open field of the equestrian center on your right before you will enter the woods on a path at 0.3 miles. The nice wide dirt trail heads downhill; at 0.5 miles, at the bottom of the hill, you’ll come to a wide fire road. Go right (this is where you would have wound up if you had taken the path to Grimville Road that you passed at the top of the trail). Gillis Falls is on your left; don’t expect a waterfall—it’s a stream, generally 10 to 20 feet across and a few feet deep at best.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Woodbine
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 710 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Open February 16 to August 31
Trailhead Elevation: 170 feet
Top Elevation: 710 feet
Local Maps: USGS Winfield
Driving Directions: Directions to Gillis Falls Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/29/2012
0

I found the trail head just left of the parking lot that takes you about 40 ft from Grimville Rd to the equestrian center field. I turned left at the field and went around the mowed edge of the field for 3/4 mile. The woods to my left were posted "Wildlife Management Area, No Hunting or Trespassing without a Permit". It didn't feel very inviting so I left.


4/29/2009
1

Wow! This trail is out in the middle of nowhere and is easy to miss where you park so heads up. It is so nice to be removed from the cement city and out in the country for this refreshing hike! You will get a taste of everything and even a couple of rather challening hills. If you enjoy hiking in the dense forest and enoying ruins than you will like this hike as much as I did. The directions were accurate but the trail is not well maintaned or blazed that I could tell. I did not get lost with the map provided on this site however so you should do fine without blazes. There was a lot of wildlife and the hike takes you along a horse pasture and the day I was there a rider was practicing on a cross country jump course which was a first for me. There are several ways to either shorten or lengthen this hike depending on your mood or fitness level. I did not see anyone else on the trail the entire hike so it was a rare treat!


1/1/2009
1

The directions to the parking area are correct. The trailhead is reached by following the edge of the field to your left until you see the trailhead. The hike is as described except the first creek forge mentioned is now a concrete bridge. The second creek forge mentioned is too deep for a cold winters day so we continued on the same side of the creek we came in on. The area is composed of wide fire road type trails with remains of homes and what looks like a summer camp. It's a nice quiet area. There are other trails - marked in white, yellow, blue, and red. It would be difficult to get lost here. There are picnic tables in the equestrian center which is a county park.



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