Herring Run Trail

Maryland

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Herring Run Trail Facts

States: Maryland
Counties: Baltimore City
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Harford Rd./SR 147 and Chesterfield Ave. and south of Sinclair Ln.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7860242

Herring Run Trail Description

Baltimore’s Herring Run Trail runs through scenic Herring Run Park, centered on a tributary of the Back River. The winding trail follows Herring Run through a woodlands environment so peaceful you're likely to forget you are in a major city just steps from busy US 1.

The trail offers a great opportunity for spotting wildlife, including the foxes, hawks and other fowl that call the park home. Off the trail, Herring Run Park features baseball diamonds, soccer fields and open space for other types of recreation or picnics.

Herring Run Park is also adjacent to Lake Montebello, a scenic reservoir with an encircling roadway. Cross Harford Road to pick up the dedicated on-road bicycle and pedestrian lanes, which are safely separated from traffic on the south side of the lake by planters in a concrete island.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Herring Run Trail is available along the entrance road for Herring Run Park off Harford Road/State Route 147. Access the trail from under the Harford Road bridge.

Herring Run Trail Reviews

easygoing walking trail

This is mostly a paved path that is quite level and easy to follow. It meanders along Herring run, a beautiful setting. It took two hours to complete the entire 5 mile loop trail.

Herring Run. completed 8.1.2020

Trail needs some serious maintenance. Down trees blocking trail. Untended to vegetation that causes you to tuck, bob, and weave. Trail needs some serious maintenance before another review is possible.

Oasis in the city

This is a pleasant escape from the city, largely running along the creek and through woods, but occasionally popping out and paralleling residential neighborhoods. There are also hiking paths off the trail.
I love that it's a full loop (no backtracking!). It's well-maintained and quite flat, so it would be appropriate for all abilities. The southeasternmost extension (behind brewery and post office) is not as well maintained.
The northwest end of the trail (off Harford Road) is about a block from Lake Montebello, which has bike lanes running around the lake (and, as of May 2020, the roads around the lake are temporarily closed to cars). So Herring Run + Lake Montebello forms a pleasant, no-backtracking, extended loop. Also, as of May 2020, Harford Road is under major reconstruction, so finding the entrance to the trail from the Lake Montebello end is a little tricky (there's a temporary path carved out that's quite rugged and may create accessibility issues for those with limited mobility).

Cool trail but many deer

I ride this trail on a regular since I can bike from my house. Nice shredded areas. The section behind post office is not maintained as well as others. There are many deer on this trail. For me in the distance its fine but to actually be on the path is a bit too much for me personally. It's been getting more and more populated with deer the past few months. Peaceful ride though.

Accordion

Fun in the City

An enjoyable ride in the city. The path led through a wooded area where a deer walked right in front of me. Neat that it was so close to our house on Rueckert.

Decent Ride

I enjoyed the ride. Started with a lap around Lake Montebello and picked up the trail by crossing the street (Hartford Rd). We have hybrid bikes and wouldn't recommend riding with anything else. Would definitely do it again however trail maintenance appears to be an issue. The last portion of the trail (behind the post office/industrial type area) was littered with a significant amount of broken glass.

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