Rode the Torrey Brown Trail for the first time ever this past Saturday, going north, with two friends, from the Phoenix Rd lot just over four miles, for a round trip of a little over 8 miles. The trail is maintained fairly well and 99 percent of the users obey the ""road rules"" pretty well. Lastly, there is a tube float place in Monkton and 100s of people were walking 2 miles up the trail with the tubes. Gunpowder Falls State Park PO Box 480 2813 Jerusalem Road Kingsville, MD 21087. At the MD–PA border near New Freedom, the trail continues as the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. Torrey C. Brown Trail is a 9.4 mile out and back trail located near Freeland, Maryland that features a river and is rated as difficult. Hopefully, can report more on the YCH in another review. Most of the trails is fairly shaded and the terrain is compact gravel with a few soggy spots after a heavy rain. There was a growth of grass up the middle of the path, at various points, which gave the illusion that motor vehicles utilize the trail way. I would highly recommend this trail to all levels of riders. Click here for information regarding the Electric Bicycle Policy., Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367), Click here for information regarding the Electric Bicycle Policy.. This was our first trip to New Freedom, PA and our first ride on the Brown. In 2008, Brown received the Woodrow Wilson Award, an award given to Hopkins' alumni for distinguished public service, from the Johns Hopkins University alumni association. Would like to see more mileage signs though. ", "Pretty scenery, all downhill from New Freedom, in PA, trail surface not always the greatest, some spots muddy after rain, but basically it's a nice trail. The further north you go, the less crowded. I did the trip on a mountain bike but you could do it on a road bike. Some of the parking along the road has been lost but the new spaces more than compensate. The Maryland portion of the trail is 19.7 miles, starting at New Freedom added another 1.5 miles to my ride. On Saturday of Labor Day weekend I rode my recumbent trike (Catrike Road) six miles south from New Freedom and back. Every now and then we had the typical crazies acting like they were in a race. )and they are having a great time running off all that energy they would have used eating the couch. I did not know before riding this trail that it was the route Lincoln took from Washington going to give the Gettysburg address. Monkton Station is closed during the winter months except for bathroom facilities. Enjoy! We're still building up stamina. Well worth the time - highly recommended. The trail itself begins at the end of Ashland Road in Cockeysville, but offers no parking … on weekends, unless you get there early (the crowd dies down substantially once you get past the range station at mile marker 7). We have lived within half a mile of this trail for the last 26 years, during which it has had one major resurfacing and a number of patch jobs. There's no trails near White Marsh, Maryland, and it's private and the scenery is beautiful, so I can't exactly crucify it. parking at Monkton was a challenge on a Saturday afternoon (White Hall looks much better) but the ride north to the Pa line was beautiful and not too crowded. The scenery on the sides of the trail is very nice, but the trail itself is not. It's our "go-to" trail. Walkers seeing me changing my tube at the PA rest area informed me that tacks were dispensed on the trail at various locations in PA and Northern MD in the last few weeks. Those who have made it across of course leave deep mud tracks which can interfere with steering control. The terrain on the MD side varies quite a bit, but is generally packed dirt. Nice to see the old rail and ties still on the trail. All total we spent about 4 hours out. We would ride it more often but its an hour and 45 minute drive to New Freedom just to get to the trail. Gear up and ride on. If you see us, stop and ask us about how mush fun it is! If the trail gets wet, be prepared for really cleaning your bike and yourself thoroughly. Its nice to have the mile markers along the way, along with plaques telling about local information along the trail. You travel along the water through several small towns before you reach the halfway point at the Pennsylvania border. I even tried to ride on the side of the trail but it did not help. ", "Having ridden this trail since it opened I still find it to be a great ride. ", TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, Ashland Road (Cockeysville, MD) and MD-PA state line (New Freedom, PA). It's such a pleasant and peaceful ride, with the rushing water from Gunpowder Falls audible from several spots. The organization was led by Secretary Torrey C. Brown at the time and the pathway, originally called the Northern Central Railroad Trail, was renamed in his honor in 2007. I've ridden this trail dozens of times from the MD end into PA. We expect to be go again many more times. I'm pretty sure it has not rained very much so I cannot understand the condition of the trail. My husband and I took our two little dogs for the first time on this trail and we absolutely fell in love with it. ", "We covered this trail and also 1.5 miles of the York County Heritage trail which connects to the NCR in PA. Very few amenities and services at all. I have ridden this trail for over 10 years now and I have never been so disappointed as this time. Cycling or hiking the Torrey Brown Rail Trail is a must for any trail lover who lives in north-central Maryland or south-central Pennsylvania. Lots to see and do, our kids love it. Follow it until it crosses the Torrey C. Brown (formerly NCR) Rail Trail. The Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCR Trail), recently renamed the Torrey C. Brown Trail, is a converted railroad trail that extends from Ashland north for 20 miles to the Pennsylvania state line. Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail. But now the state seems to have given up on even the patch jobs. My name is Emma I'm 8 years old ,I was at this Trail today with my Family .It was a great trip we had an awesome time because we got to ride our bikes .My brother Sean has a bigger bike than me but i kept on beating him because of the space to ride. Parking and Trail Access To reach parking near the southernmost endpoint, take I-83 toward the Maryland–-Pennsylvania state line. Check out http://ab3bo.com/KRCWP/ for images and info from along the trail both in Maryland and Pennsylvania. WELL....needless to say we rode from one end to the other AND back. Grass is growing in clumps in the middle. Also known as the North Central Railroad (NCR) trail, this trail is perfect for anyone, well maintained surface, relatively flat with amenities like benches, picnic tables and port-a-johns along the route. ", "On the last Sunday in April a friend and I rode this trail from Ashland to the Mason-Dixon line and then on to York on the Heritage Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Besides the York County Rail Trail (this trail continues the Rail Trail south), this is one of the best trails to mush on. The guide says crushed stone but it is mostly packed dirt with two tracks---one in each direction. what a treat this is, well groomed, beautiful scenery, friendly peeps, a treasure in our backyard. It appears that most access lots have at least one pay phone (nice touch). Let me say, we don’t ride a lot but knew we wanted more than a few miles. Dogs love to run, and humans are too slooooooow. The entire trail is in very good condition, is flat and offers plenty of shade to keep you cool. The majority of it was downhill heading south, so it made half of the southward trail pass quickly. We always start at the Ashland trail head and go north to Monkton. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of the MD DNR website. Trail goers can learn more about its history at Monkton Station, which dates back to 1898 and today serves as a visitors center and museum. The PA side of the trail seldom is very crowded, so it makes a nice ride. For the purpose of the trail guide, I am including only information about the Maryland portion of the trail – called the NCR or Torrey C Brown Rail Trail. So for a road bike, I think 3 stars is deserving for my experience. The trail ranges from a 10-ft wide path with a grass strip in the middle to a nice 20+ ft compact stone path. There are lots of stops to rest and enjoy the views in this beautiful park. The scenery changes from fields to streams to verdant hills; the entire ride was captivating. It was very scenic and otherworldly in its remoteness at some points which is something that I really enjoyed. Hikers, joggers, bicyclists, horseback riders and pets on leashes are welcome. Also known as Torrey C. Brown Trail. Carmel Road. At the MD–PA border near New Freedom, the trail continues as the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. There are several possible lunch spots on the Pa side (we like Paesano's, in New Freedom), and places to picnic (but no shops/restaurants) on the Md side - even in Cockeysville (Ashland), the local eateries are on the main highway, not trail-side. First time to use the trail with my wife and we had a ball. Oh and bike watched because I'm in the market for a new bike now. You train the basic commands on a leash. North end of trail with classic small American town of New Freedom which has an operating wood burning train and a nice bike shop. Since the railway is operational, please stay clear of tracks at all times and cross only at established crossings. This trail might be good for hiking but it is terrible for biking. DNR does a great job and saw several crews working which was nice. The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, which is more commonly known by its old name, the North Central Rail Trail, comprises the southern half of the greenway that connects downtown York (and is currently being extended further north to Rudy County Park) to Hunt Valley. We went on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The trail was great. Simply wonderful from White Hall (11 mile post) to Ashland (0 mile post) and back. For those seeking an escape from the urban areas of the region, this trail is a wooded oasis—an escape from the every day stresses of nearby city life. It took us five hours one way (37 miles - not bad for a thirty-something and his 9-year old son!). My husband loved it of course and wants to go back by himself to see how fast he can ride it in. I had no trouble finding parking at the Paper Mill lot. Hopefully with it being well known the idiots will refrain from doing this again. Parking is in the lot on the right, just before the mill. There are plenty of places to park along the trail and some basic but welcome toilet facilities at fairly regular intervals. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has done a great job of maintenance, from mowing the sides of the trail to picnic tables about every half miles, mile markers and at every crossroad it tells you the distance to the next two roads. In fall, it tends to be overly cool. Parking Options: Mile 0.5 Paper Mill: This site is nearest to the convention center, but typically the most crowded. The trail itself is very flat, which makes long distance riding fairly easy. Monkton Station - From I-83 N, take exit 27 and turn right on Mt. Right after the border you reach a nice little town called New Freedom, PA. You can stop to relax and have some lunch in the town. Amenities, including benches, picnic tables and interpretive signage are also plentiful. My husband and I are new to biking. The restrooms were clean and the water fountains in good working order. After spending the night in Hunt Valley we rode back, taking us just under 5 hours. Everyone staying safe with masks and social distancing. The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. Parkton is as far as we made it. Rode entire length, from Cockeysville to New Freedom, and another 5 miles into PA on the Heritage trail, then back. ", "After purchasing my Trek 4900 Mountain Bike I started out to find a trail to ride so I put my computer to work and came up on a trail called the Northern Central Railroad Trail. It just doesn't get much better than this. It was overcast and at one point it began to rain for about 20 min. There is good scenary along the trail as it follows Gunpowder Falls River where tubers can be seen (we didn't the day we rode, though). I have been riding this trail for 25 years and I am sorry to see it not as well maintained as it used to be. The Sparks Bank Nature Center has finally reopened after repairs from flooding during hurricane Sandy. Thanks. The entire trail is dirt and crushed stone. -- Seeking more current information on the complete "line" from MD through PA. I would HATE to rate any functioning rail trail at less than four stars, as they are all wonderful by their very nature. There is plenty of parking, so if one parking lot is full, just drive to the next one. The northern half, less so. I recommend a visit, especially for children. My wife and I have return to our first love--bike riding. The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding and horseback riding. As the continue and you get closer to York the trail surroundings starts to become less rural and more urban. Also available at Monkton are tubing rentals to float down the Big Gunpowder Falls. Almost as soon as you cross from PA into MD you notice the difference, from a wide path smooth from edge to edge to a rougher surface with lots of pot holes. Excellent eating. Once you cross the Mason-Dixon Line and you are in Pennsylvania, the trail becomes the York County Heritage Rail Trail. Its first phase—a 7.2-mile stretch from its southern end at Ashland up to Monkton—opened in 1984. I usually start at parking lot 1 at the 0.5 marker Nd ride into Pa and back. There is about a three-mile down hill immediately after crossing the PA/MD line. State line kiosk was cool. The northern portion of the trail seems more remote to me, so it is a good idea to bring along water and what you may need to fix a flat tire. Spring & Fall Sporadically. I would recommend that this trail be ridden with riding gloves and padded saddle shorts for hybrid bikes, or likewise, if you are not into having the extra gear, a mountain or cruiser bike with beefy-tires and a shock absorbent saddle/fork would easily handle the trail surface. The southern end of the trail in MD can be crowded, esp. From what I experienced, the vibration on the hybrid caused discomfort in my shoulders and glutes, but it comes with the territory on this type of surface. A great start to the Summer. More muddy spots and lots of limbs that you really have to watch out when it’s getting dark. Legs were covered in it. That makes passing cyclists OK, but I would not like to come across a horse around some of the bends. Everyone was very friendly. We repeated the beginning 5 miles because we forgot something got to make the 5 mile climb into New Freedom twice. It was beautiful, it had some history to watch along the way and the people I encountered seemed friendly. We biked this trail on June 1 and 2, 2012. It can be somewhat rough (and muddy) at times, but it is mostly well maintained and manageable on any bike, except for a road bike with really skinny tires. The trail goes up hill at Parkton (and you feel it) all the way to New Freedom PA. Beautiful but be careful the maintence is a little lacking these days. But, all in all, this is a wonderful asset to the outdoor activity enthusiasts. And say "hello", "good morning", "on your left" - say anything to announce your presence and acknowledge other users. Scary and dangerous. The trail was resurfaced in late summer of 2002. We split a meat lovers Stromboli and a salad. I felt like there really was very little room to pass. Plenty of parking, beautiful scenery, and friendly trail-users. The bike rack stays on the car all summer. At the PA border is a map of the entire trail which is split in two by the Mason Dixon line. Very friendly hikers,cyclists and the trail is just awesome. Parking can be tough so have a plan B for another lot. We read that parking at Ashland was limited, so we headed for Phoenix, but the road was closed. There were a few spots that seemed very smooth so I'd greatly enjoy those spots. Local residents who had initially opposed the project changed their minds once they realized that hikers, cyclists and horseback riders did not pose a threat to their communities, and, to the contrary, presented new small business opportunities. The trail cuts through several charming Maryland towns: Monkton, Parkton, Falls Overlook and Bentley Springs. Signs state that motorized vehicles are not allowed, so I assume the growth is a result of lax maintenance. Another thing that I really like is that the tree canopy is very thick the entire way, providing shelter from both the sun and the wind. There are picnic tables, bathrooms, and even a little snack bar set out by one of the local residents. ", "I just recently started to ride my bike on this trail. I suggest catching a York Revolution’s baseball game if they have a home game. Just bought my hybrid Trek less than two weeks ago, and, living in Fallston, Md, am used to the Ma&Pa Trails in Harford County. Today I rode from Bentley Springs to Monkton and back, and I must say, this trail is super smooth! Went south from new freedom for about 12 miles. Now that the restaurant in Monkton is open, with a delicious healthy menu, my wife and I try to ride this trail once or twice a month. My wife dropped me off in Ashland and we met up for lunch in New Freedom at Paesano's Pizza . Contacts. ", "I did 42 miles on the NCR, and I thought that the trail was extremely well maintained. The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. We are hoping that the lower 2/3 of the NRCT are nicer than the Northern third. And don't get me started on the mushing sled dog enthusiast below. Pretty much shaded the entire way. The 40+ miles each day is doable. We rode the entire trail from Cockeysville to New Freedom, PA on a perfect September Saturday. The trail is also in excellent condition, has some towns along the way and some more nice stuff to see. Very narrow in most spots. The MD trail is quite nice. The only problem is on weekends when people don't obey the ""rules of the road. Both sides of the trail have numerous road crossings, with metal gates blocking the trail except for narrow pass thru's, which tend to get a bit annoying for cycling since you are forced to slow down at each one. At New Freedom PA, there's a dinner excursion train which runs by the trail into PA. Also at New Freedom, there's the Trail Mix restaurant and it caters to bikers with good soup, snacks, drinks, muffins, bagels, etc. We people watched in Monkton. More Stats for Torrey C. Brown Trail mountain bike trail trail I use a Trek Road Bike, and must say, I'm a bit disappointed. -- Was planning to revisit and consider doing the entire trail ... -- However, learned that Pennsylvania picked up and/or completed the trail from New Freedom all the way up to York -- Learned from PA visitor center (from a brochure printed in 1999) that PA was also going the extend the trail farther North from York to park or State Park farther North. At times the trail was 'two-track' but mostly sufficiently wide to ride two-abreast if traffic permitted. Picked this trail because it was flat and went for a number of miles. In PA the trail is generally downhill for 10-15 miles, but again only moderately. Heading out of Cockeysville this trail will take you all the way to the Pennsylvania state border where the trail continues as the York County Heritage Rail Trail, terminating in downtown York. Went back Sunday morning for a 21 mile round trip, up past Monkton and White Hall. Although the tracks that parallel the Heritage Rail Trail end at the Maryland line, old whistle posts, abandoned signal towers and numerous train stations serve as testiments to the trail's railroad heritage. The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail is one of the best hiking and biking trails in the Mid-Atlantic region. I saw more people on the Torrey Trail than I had on the Heritage Trail, and it was pleasant. We got their late and only made it to 13 miles from MD we will be back to conquer the trail all the way to PA. Biked this trail today (6/7/15) from Paper Mill Rd to Monkton and back. Rode a portion of this trail with scouts a few years ago. The friendly riders and the environment. The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly North Central Rail Trail). Although they indicated that most were retrieved by way of magnets, obviously they were not all found. There is just the right amount of tree cover to make it pretty cool for the early morning ride. Began this ride north of the trail at Railroad PA along the Heritage Trail that joins the Torrey (also named NCR). Bike-joring or scootering is an easy sport to do with one or two dogs. All in all the trail rates an A for overall condition with an A+ for the parking lot at Ashton.As with all such public use areas it is important that users know and respect the rules and have patience for those who may not.All in all, a WONDERFUL 82 mile roundtrip on a trail that epitomizes the rails-to-trails concept.Enjoy! A few inclines here, a few declines there. My favorite ride is from Parkton to Hanover Station (about 37-38 miles round trip). Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail starts just north of Baltimore and continues just over the border into Pennsylvania. Dogs doing this sport are polite and under control ("on-by!" But none of which were the toll-taking kind. The trail has good restroom and water facilities. There seemed to be other places to grab a bite as well but this one was at our turn around point as right along the trail. Also the brush is too close to the trail, and the trail itself has narrowed considerably over time and is pretty much reduced to two 24" tracks separated by 24" of grass/stone and 24" of grass on each side. The trail offers pastoral views, good sense of security, and seemed well maintained on both sides of the state border, to me, for hybrid bike use. Outstanding trail, have ridden several times. The trail connects to Maryland's 20-mile long Torrey C. Brown Trail. It's a pretty narrow path too, and in some spots wet due to the tubers. There was a lot of uphill riding heading back, and I hit my isotonic drink pack pretty hard to make it up, but it felt great once I was back on level ground again. Great trail conditions until we got to the state line south but still good. The Sparks lot was filled, but just west of it, before you cross the river on Sparks Road, there is an old park with an abandoned building. Additional Information. Gunpowder Falls State ParkPO Box 4802813 Jerusalem RoadKingsville, MD 21087, Ranger Station1820 Monkton RoadMonkton, MD 21111. Any dogs (though our groups tends to have northern breeds like Siberians and Malamutes). My straight-bar, GIANT hybrid handled it well though. Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail Easy. Great trail, great ride! Wide enough for everybody. But I absolutely love this trail, and plan to use it every weekend possible. People on the trail were very friendly and courteous. It is an excellent, well-maintained trail. The trail surface is in dire need of improvement. The day was brisk, sunny and dry. We loved the Gnomes that were on display and the the more than 80 flags in honor of Memorial Day. The NRCT appears rougher still because of its proximity to the much younger York Heritage Rail Trail, which is stellar in its wide, smooth, well groomed bike/pedestrian path with horse lane for much of its length. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. The picturesque combination of lush woodlands, bucolic farms and intimate small towns that makes the Heritage Trail so appealing also dominates the Maryland portion almost to Hunt Valley. The views were beautiful of the woods and water. The scenery was breathtaking and the trail was surrounded by beautiful trees, running water falls, and lots of wildlife. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) aka Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail. Been walking, biking and horseback riding this trail plenty of times over the years. Since it was the 4th of July weekend, it was quite crowded but never difficult to navigate. It allows for nearly 20 miles of flat travel, punctuated by a number of access points and an abundance of trees that provide refreshing shade on hot summer days. ", "I started riding this trail in June of 2003 and I must say that I really have grown to love it. Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset My In-Laws live in York and I like to ride the whole trail. The history of the rail corridor dates back to 1832, when the Northern Central Railroad carried passengers—people vacationing at Bentley Springs—and freight between Baltimore and York or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I think this will be an annual tradition! Through this area, I found the trail to be sheer joy. Easily located York City parking lot had a good number of spaces available, at noon. We are empty nesters now. Overall, I really love the whole trail and I highly recommend it. Rail Trail Cafe in New Freedom is a must - outstanding wraps. "Happy Trails". 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