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Coot Peninsula Out and Back

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 3.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A route that hugs the shoreline of Liberty Reservoir with a few climbs.


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6.7

Miles

10.7

KM

Out and Back

571' 174 m

High

426' 130 m

Low

523' 159 m

Up

524' 160 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

No motorized vehicles on trails.

Overview

This is a mixed-use trail so please careful of horseback riders. There are dog walkers with dogs off leash but I am not sure of the restrictions there. My favorite time to hike this trail is the morning when the sun is rising over the trees and shines on the reservoir.

These trails are unmarked with many fishermen trails branching off to dead ends. It can be frustrating to accidentally following a dead end, but at least you won't get lost.

Need to Know

You cross Middle Run just before the one mile mark and on the way back just before the six mile mark. Around 1.5 miles, there is a little stream that the trail goes over but there is land subsidence right now so be careful!

Head to Java Mama's in Reisterstown for a great breakfast or Harryman House for a good brew depending on when you go to the trail.

Description

There is parking right on Deer Park Rd. From the trailhead, follow the main fire trail at about a quarter of a mile and take a right at first trail split. Follow this trail to the creek called Middle Run. You'll cross the creek (high erosion here). Take a left when you cross the creek. Stay on the main trail that hugs the shoreline of the Reservoir (the trails to the left of each intersection). Just after two miles the trail will split, one headed to reservoir and one headed up a hill. Follow the hill up. By 2.6 miles you should be able to see that you have reached the peninsula. Follow the small spit of land until the trail ends and then head back!

Flora & Fauna

Typical eastern deciduous forest of central Maryland. Lots of Japanese silt grass in the underbrush.

Contacts

Shared By:

Luke AT

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  3.5 from 6 votes

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View of reservoir at turn around
Aug 1, 2015 near Eldersburg, MD

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May 17, 2020
Erick Mandt
3.7mi
Jul 13, 2019
Morgan Meneses-Sheets
We got off the main trail a few times. There are a bunch of small alternate paths. But the app got us back on track. Fun and lovely overall. 7.4mi
Jun 8, 2019
Andrew Pham
Beautiful views of water and wild life. The trails are not marked well so we got turned around a few times but a great hike and one I would repeat. 8.8mi — 3h 00m
Sep 23, 2016
Rafael Custodio
Great trail 6.7mi
Aug 15, 2016
Eddie Zecchino
Narrow paths, lots of litter. Shady and nice views of water 6.7mi — 10h 00m