Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area

Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area

Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area Reviews

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11/25/2012
Good blazed trails; unusual terrain -- very quiet, didn't run into any other hikers.
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11/29/2009
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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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018