Cromwell Valley Park - Final Wednesday night hike for the season

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 quick 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 5:05PM.

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

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  • Lisa

    Unfortunately, something came up so I look forward to meeting everyone when the hikes resume! Happy holidays to all!

    October 23, 2013

    • Fred S.

      Hey Lisa - I will post for this hike on an upcoming weekend when we have more light. Sorry you were unable to attend.

      1 · October 25, 2013

  • Lisa

    I had a great time. I'm still amazed at Fred's ability to navigate the trails in the dark! Thanks for hosting this!!

    October 24, 2013

    • Fred S.

      It was great to meet - glad you enjoyed the hike it is a great park. I will send the link to the map next.

      October 25, 2013

  • carleen d.

    I didn't see you. There were only 3 cars there. Bummed. Last one, too. Oh, well.

    October 24, 2013

    • Lisa

      Sorry you missed us. We left promptly at 5:05

      October 24, 2013

    • carleen d.

      I was there a few moments early, and left about 8 after. I never saw any dogs either. Maybe I was at the wrong place?! Oh well, next time.

      October 24, 2013

  • Wendy

    Thx for a wonderful hike!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Beth A L.

    Are dogs welcome on this hike?

    October 13, 2013

    • Janet

      He is so cute. I would love to have him come along.

      October 22, 2013

    • Lisa

      OMG, the pup in your profile pic is adorable! My Golden will love him/her! Sailor is 5. A life long puppy! :)

      October 22, 2013

  • Lisa

    Great, I'll bring my Golden pup, Sailor! Thanks.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Fred S.

      I am looking forward to meeting you and Sailor.

      1 · October 21, 2013

    • Janet

      Same here.

      1 · October 22, 2013

  • Bob R.

    Not going to be able to make it. Working late all week; testing.

    October 21, 2013

    • Fred S.

      Thanks for updating the RSVP. Catch up with you next time.

      October 21, 2013

    • Wendy

      I had a pacific crest trail map for you. If interested, I can mail it to u.

      October 22, 2013

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