Monocacy NRMA

Monocacy NRMA, Frederick County, MD, USA

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In Short:Maryland DNR / 301.924.2127 / 9 mi. / 3.4 mi. loop. / 1,800 acres / natural / links to Sugarloaf Mountain
Summary:Monocacy Natural Resources Area Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dickerson, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until August. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

This ride can be an adventure in finding your way around. However, you can gain a great sense of accomplishment if you can cover all the trails shown on the map. The trails are unmarked and appear to be maintained only by the passage of feet, hooves (shod and cloven), and water. Some of the trails are the 200-year-old remnants of wagon trails. The quarry and lime kiln are reputed to be over 200 years old and were used for construction of the Monocacy River Aqueduct which is nearby and worth a side trip.

From the Route 28 parking area, Trail A is about 2.6 miles one way. Trail B is about 1.6 miles one way. Trail C is about 2.14 miles one way. The Long Trail is the subject of a separate hike page.

The Monocacy NRA is a hunting area in season. Check the Maryland Dept of Natural Resources for info. Some low-lying trails can be muddy and the numerous crossings of Furnace Creek can be wet in high-water conditions. Unsuitable for bikes.
Location:6567-6671 Dickerson Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842
Length/Surface:3.4 mi. loop. The trail below is about 3.37 miles in length.
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Created with Page last updated: January 08, 2018.