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Black Hill Trail offers a wooded trek with gentle inclines through Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The trail is primarily paved, though a short section in the middle is unpaved and rocky.
A good place to begin your journey is at the park's visitor center, where you'll find parking, restrooms, picnic areas, and a fishing pier. From there, the trail winds through oak and hickory trees between Little Seneca Lake and Little Seneca Creek. Add to your adventure by renting a boat and following the water trail on the lake, or exploring one of the park's natural-surface trails for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.
An alternative starting point is Crystal Rock Drive on the eastern side of the park. From the parking area, you’ll see the entrance to the park’s Crystal Rock Trail, which takes you a couple hundred yards west to where it joins the Black Hill Trail. This approach is shorter and closer to visitors coming from Washington, DC.
Parking is available at the Black Hill Regional Park visitor center at 20930 Lake Ridge Drive in Boyds.
Alternatively, if you’re coming from Washington, DC, you can get off I-270 (Eisenhower Memorial Highway) at Father Hurley Boulevard, head south, and take the first right turn on Crystal Rock Drive; drive to the end of the road and park. From the parking area, you’ll see the entrance to the park’s Crystal Rock Trail, which leads to the Black Hill Trail after a short distance.
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