Note: The pace of this hike will be moderate to strenuous with approximately 1200' of elevation gain and descent. We will strive to maintain a 3.0 mph pace but no hiker will be left behind.
Please join 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 7 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, layered clothing, and a cell phone.
Meet up time is 6:30PM. 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 the left.