Loch Raven Reservoir: Merryman Trail Professional Review and Guide
"An unmarked out-and-back trail hugs the edge of the Loch Raven Reservoir for a majority of this trip. Highlights include old stone foundations, vast reservoir views, and a picturesque creek that pours over mossy boulders as it makes its way to the reservoir.
Eat, hike, and be merry on Loch Raven Reservoir’s Merryman Trail! There are certainly many features to be happy about on this trail, which hugs the reservoir for most of the distance. From the parking lot, there is a trail on the far right and off to the left, but cut straight through the middle of the open grassy area in front of the parking lot to begin your hike. You might have to look for it since the area can get a bit overgrown. Some of the highlights include remains of old foundations, vast reservoir views, scenic creeks, and a resident eagle. This trail is very popular and you’ll see it reviewed in several other hiking guidebooks."