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This is a popular circuit hike over a series of color-coded trails.

Begin this circular loop trail from the historic area trailhead where you'll immediately walk back up Rock Run Road several hundred feet, by passing several of the park's historic buildings including the mansion. The route follows a series of color-coded trails and tends to be unclear at times. The main trail is fairly well worn and there are a number of roads bisecting the area. Begin by the trail marker found near the mansion entrance. Steps greet you at 0.2 mile and so does a lovely water view behind your back. A resting bench waits at a quarter mile as you ascend the white-blazed Land of Promise Trail. Soon after crossing a pathway, you'll see remnants of a stonewall indicating past inhabitants. Just beyond the half-mile point, you'll see Steppingstone Museum, a privately run facility worth a peak if open. After enjoying a look around, turn right onto the old service road, which will twist you left and carry you into woodland at about 0.7 mile. Bear right onto yellow-blazed Rock Run Trail. You'll descend the path that is flanked by edible berries when in season. Shortly, you will come upon two trail junctions, one followed by another, bear left at both occasions. Cross over a street at 1.1 mile, bearing right onto Quaker Bottom Road. Continue a few yards turning right onto Rock Run Road. As Rock Run bears right a short distance up the road, you will want to bear left onto the blue-blazed Farm Road Trail. It quickly ascends into woodland and just as quickly levels out amid a paw-paw grove. These trees bear edible fruit, oftentimes used for baking. As you proceed, you'll come to an orange-blazed trail at 1.7 miles and Wilkinson Road at 1.8 miles. Continuing on the blue-blazed route, you'll enter the park's bow hunting area. Here, seasonal hunters perch themselves in deer stands on a reservation basis. At 2.2 miles, a lovely meadow gives you the opportunity for a scenic rest. Continue along the side of the meadow coming to a silver-blazed junction at 2.4 miles. Stay on the blue-blazed route weaving in and out of field and forest. At 3.2 miles, you will want to turn right onto the first red-blazed route. If you come to a wooden bridge, you've gone too far. The first red-blazed trail loops to the right where you'll see the north end of the silver-blazed trail at 3.8-mile. Continue to the right where you'll eventually be treated to seasonal views of Susquehanna River. This stretch of trail is marked with varying red and blue blazes and is actually a segment of the Mason Dixon Trail and the Greenway Trail. At 4.1 miles, you come to another trail junction. Bear left reaching the trail's high point at 4.2 miles. Immediately, the trail heads down, crossing a creek bed. At 4.7 miles, turn left onto the park road to reach trailhead parking in 0.2 mile.

Directions: From Havre de Grade, MD, Take Interstate 95 north or south to State Route 155, exit 89. Proceed west on SR 155 to SR 161. Turn right on SR 161 and then right on Rock Run Road. Follow Rock Run Road to the park. Follow signs to the historic area. Trail begins from the parking area.

Elevation: 250 feet

Elevation Gain: 200 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

 
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