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A well maintained and famous trail through Maryland's charming countryside

Also in Maryland, United States of America

Hiking Easy

33 km
567 m
400 m
7-8 hrs
Low Point
71 m
High Point
241 m
NCR TRail Map

The NCR Trail, also known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail and the Torrey C. Brown Trail, stretches 20 miles from Cockeysville to the Pennsylvania state line.


The trail follows the path of the former Northern Central Railway, which was a historic railroad line that operated in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, the NCR Trail offers a picturesque route for hiking, biking, and horseback riding along the Gunpowder Falls River.

The trail is well-maintained and relatively flat, making it accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. It's divided into sections, with various access points and parking areas along the route, so you can hike as much or as little of it as you'd like.

Along the way, you'll encounter scenic overlooks, historic landmarks, and interpretive signs that provide insights into the area's rich history and natural beauty. Wildlife sightings are also common, with opportunities to spot deer, birds, and other native species.

The NCR Trail is popular year-round, with each season offering its own unique charms. In the spring, you'll find blooming wildflowers and lush greenery, while summer brings warm weather and opportunities for water activities along the river. Fall is particularly stunning, with vibrant foliage colors painting the landscape, and winter offers a peaceful (but cold!) opportunity for outdoor recreation.



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between March and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly