Hiking at Cromwell Valley Park

Please join us on a hike through this 426-acre park as well as sections of the adjoining Loch Raven Reservoir. This location is a stream valley park comprised of pasture, cultivated gardens, open fields, woods,  hedgerows, orchards and wooded piedmont hills. The diversity of this habitat makes it an excellent area for wildlife. There are many species of raptors such as the Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, and Great Horned Owl, which prey on a healthy population of small mammals such as rabbits, deer mice, and meadow voles.

White-tailed deer and red fox are also plentiful. Songbird populations include Baltimore Oriole, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Bluebird, and many others. Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons are often seen around the stream, Minebank Run.

The hiking pace will be moderate and total distance covered will be almost 6 miles (if you prefer a shorter hike there are numerous points along the trail where you can return to the main parking lot). The terrain is a bit hilly but not too difficult and the trails are rutted in places and there are several stream crossings.

Good shoes are recommended. Other items to consider include water, hiking pole, bug repellent, cell phone, and a head lamp.

Meet up time is 5PM and the plan is to begin walking at 5:15PM.

Directions for Visitors:
Take the I-695 beltway to Exit 29.
Turn left at the first light onto Cromwell Bridge Road.
Turn left onto park entry road at 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road.

Signs say, “Cromwell Valley Park, Willow Grove Farm, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.”

Follow the road across the bridge and park in gravel parking lot on left.

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  • Karen Z.

    Hey, the traffic was terrible so I got there after you all left. I met Suzanne on her way out. Thanks for the pumpkin seed tip. I went to Mom's and got some:-) I enjoyed my walk and then got some reading in.

    September 12, 2013

    • Fred S.

      Hello Karen. Sorry to hear about the traffic but glad you were able to meet Suzsnne and do some hiking. Take care.

      September 12, 2013

  • Karen Z.

    Is there anyone interested in a shorter hike? I know 6 miles is more than I can currently handle. I'm thinking more like 2 miles.

    September 11, 2013

  • Fred S.

    Hello all,

    Well with predictions of possible showers I wanted to remind everyone to also consider packing a rain jacket. See you Wednesday.

    September 9, 2013

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