Trails

Here are some marked groupings of trails around the Liberty Reservoir

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 1

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/1e620x

 

Start:                     Boat Ramp off of Mineral Hill Road, near Hwy 26.

Finish:                  Water Treatment Plant at the end of Oakland Road

Distance:             3.11 Miles out and back

Type:                     Wooded Trail (and optional road return)

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                  Ample parking is available in the boat dock area. From your car, you will need to run up towards Mineral Hill Road (Oakland Mills Road). The trail entrance is on the right as you approach the road. Keep the line of trees immediately to your right (there is a yard on the left). Once you enter the woods, the trail is pretty clear. This is a relatively short segment. Some of the participants may wish to run this as an out & back; or, run to Oakland Road, turn left; when you reach Oakland Mills Road, Turn left, and return to the Boat Ramp (which will be on your left, before you reach Hwy 26).

 

 

 

 

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 2

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/gx620x

 

Start:                     Water Treatment Plan at the end of Oakland Road

Finish:                  Bottom of the Hill where Pine Knob Road and Mineral Hill Meet

Distance:             4.33 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                   Please do not park on Carroll Road. Parking is at the End of Oakland Road, near the water treatment plant. Trail Entrance is near Carroll Road (the trail and road run parallel for about 200 yards). Sections of this are really pretty.

 

 

 

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 3 &4

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/1r620x

 

Start:                     Bottom of the Hill where Pine Knob Road and Mineral Hill Meet

Finish:                  End of Hodges Road

Distance:             2.72 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail (and optional Road Return)

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                  From 32, turn on to Pine Knob Road. There is ample parking on the left at the bottom of the hill. Do not block other cars (people enter the woods here to hunt and fish).  This is a short run with a steep hill. Either way, you have to do the hill. There are two trail heads here, take the one on the left. It enters the woods and turns slowly to the left (If the trail you are on crosses a wooden foot bridge... you are on the wrong trail).  When you exit the woods, you will be on 32. You cross Rt. 32 and run on Rt. 32 going north towards the bridge. Look for a red paint mark at end of guard rail and enter the woods. Proceed following the red blazes to the end of Hodges Road.

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 5

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/zj620x                      

 

Start:                     The End of Hodges Road – Bear Left as you enter the woods)

Finish:                  Highway 32 (North of the Bridge)

Distance:             5.4 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                  There is a small parking area at the end of Hodges. Take the trail on the left. At roughly the 1 mile point there is a water crossing (your feet will get wet). The trail continues to about the 2 mile mark where it comes to the end of Pouder Rd.  The trail continues straight at Liberty Gate trail 18. The trail then proceeds for a short distance about .83 miles to the end of Poole Rd. The trail continues at the Liberty trail gate off to the right. Follow this trail making left turns when it comes to T’s. The trail will eventually follow along Morgan Run all the way to London Bridge Rd. Cross over Morgan Run on London Bridge Rd. While on the bridge start looking for the trail heading back along the other side of Morgan Run. The guard rail is marked by a red dot where you will climb over the rail and start the trail again. This trail will eventually come out to a clearing where the trail heads up along the power lines. The trail continues up the power line clearing until you reach the top steel tower and it turns right back into the woods. From there the trail switchbacks along the reservoir until you come out at Rt. 32. There is limited parking there, however there is more parking on the other side of Rt. 32 heading back toward Eldersburg. This is where Segment 6 will begin.  

 

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 6

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/t6520x  (Segment Rt 32 to Bollinger Mill)

                                2.89 miles

                                http://tiny.cc/74520x  (Segment Bollinger Mill to Deer Park Rd )

                            3.65 miles

                               

Start:                     Highway 32 North of the Bridge (trail head is on the right as you head Towards Westminster)

Finish:                  Deer Park (Nicodemus Road) Bridge

Distance:             7.32 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                  There is a parking area on the right immediately after you cross the bridge. There is a parking area at the far end near the bridge off of Nicodemus Road.  The segment from Bollinger Mill to Deer Park has a few water crossings.

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 7

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/93520x

 

Start:                     Deer Park (Nicodemus Road) Bridge

Finish:                  Oakland Road (Baltimore County

Distance:             4.17

Type:                     Wooded Trail

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                  Trail starts on Ivy Mill Road a little more than 2 miles from the end of Segment 6. There is a very limited amount of parking, maybe 2 cars at the start of this one.  Trail starts on the right side of the road coming from the Nicodemus bridge.

 

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 8

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/j2520x

 

Start:                     Oakland Road (Baltimore County) – No Parking allowed on Oakland

Finish:                  Highway 26 (Baltimore County)

Distance:             4.01 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                  One of the prettiest sections of the trail. There is little or no place to park on Oakland Road. There was a man working in his yard and I asked him for permission. He reluctantly let me park. At the far end, there is ample parking at Liberty Christian Church or in the Neighborhood immediately across the street (Liberty Ridge Ct.). At one point (about 2.5 Miles into the segment), you will exit the woods onto a driveway. You will cross a wooden bridge. Look to your right – you will see two orange bollards and a small foot trail – not well defined – but there are read blazes on several trees. Follow the blazes. This will eventually take you back to the fire trail. If you miss this turn, you will end up on Wards Chapel. If you prefer this – take the right on Wards Chapel up to Hwy 26.

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 9

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/0hei1x

 

Start:                     Liberty Christian Church (Highway 26 – Baltimore County)

Finish:                  Liberty Dam

Distance:             5.72 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail/Road – Dam Nice!

Terrain:                Rolling

 

Notes:                  This is an out and back.  There is safe and ample parking at the School/Church. Walk down Rt.26 towards the bridge (about ½ mile). The trailhead is on the Left.  Enter the woods. The trail makes an immediate left and continues for about 1.25 miles and hits Liberty Dam Rd. Go right on Liberty Dam Rd for another 1.6 miles mainly uphill (this portion is all on the road ending at the Dam. It is not marked as it is all road). Enjoy the view of the Dam and turn around. If you run from Liberty Christian and back it adds a mile. You can make this a one way run by parking a car at the Dam or the gate prior to the Dam. Liberty Dam road after the gate gets locked down at 4:30.

 

 

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 10

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/h39b1x

 

Start:                     Rt. 26 East prior to first bridge – pull off at abandoned house on right just before the guardrail

Finish:                  Same – Out and back

Distance:             3.82 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail with obstacles

Terrain:                Rolling but relatively flat

 

Notes:                  Parking at the abandoned house (consider carpooling)– Plenty of room for cars - parked there 3 times with no problems, but too many cars may attract attention.  Walk toward the Liberty reservoir sign at the guardrail.  The trailhead starts at the sign and is a grassy path that meanders for about 25 yards before entering the woods.  Enter the woods.  Follow the markings for a little more than 1 mile. At the crossroad, you will turn left.  Follow for about 100 yards and then stay to left (this begins the loop).  The loop is about 1 ½ miles.  You will come back out and follow trail back the way you came.  This is a FUN  trail with many different obstacles  including a metal ladder crossing, log crossing, bridge crossing, a “sweet” bike ramp over some logs, plenty of fallen trees to hurdle, climb, step over, or duck under  as well as a large monolithic bolder at mile 2.1( this is a great photo op. spot) .  Make sure to take time to stop and look up at the stately trees - Oh and be prepared for bugs after the bridge crossing (aprox. mile 2.5) as it can get a little swampy.

 

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 11

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/urei1x

 

Start:                     Rt. 26 going east make a right at Oakland Mills Rd. Make an immediate right on to Old Liberty   Road and follow to the end.  There is a decent amount of parking on side of road.

Finish:                  Same – Out and back

Distance:             4.62 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail mainly along the lake

Terrain:                Rolling but relatively flat

 

Notes:                  Single track run that follows the outline of the lake. It is a very nice and scenic run.

 

 

 

The Liberty Reservoir Survivor Expedition – Segment 12

 

Map:                     http://tiny.cc/bqpx1x

 

Start:                     Rt. 26 East prior to first bridge – pull off at abandoned house on right just before the guardrail (Same as start for trail 10)

Finish:                  Boat Ramp on Oakland Mills Rd – Back to where it all started!

Distance:             2.86 Miles

Type:                     Wooded Trail mainly along the lake

Terrain:                Rolling along the lake for a bit and then a little road run at the end.

 

Notes:                  Single track run that follows the outline of the lake for the first part. There are some hills and a couple of water crossings. The trail comes out on Barnes lane, go right and then make a right on to Oakland Mills Rd. Continue a short distance to the Boat Ramp where Trail 1 starts.