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Purple Trail



3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 456' 139 m
Descent: -468' -143 m
High: 883' 269 m
Low: 714' 218 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Chris Coder

A fun trail to explore the backside of Union Mills/ Hashawa.

Chris Coder

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Check signage at trailhead during hunting season. closed M/W/F/Sat for archery hunting Sept thru mid Feb, Open to all others on Tues/Thurs/Sun during these months, Closed completely for 2 weeks after thanksgiving for rifle hunting....DO NOT GO THERE DURING THIS TIME! its always good to wear some bright colors especially orange while there in the fall for added security, essentially Hunting is allowed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during hunting season and everyday except Sunday during rifle s


Take the main fire road from the gate up the fire trail to find two entrances on the left for this singletrack which wanders all through the backwoods! There is a small parking area on Rinehart Rd (paved). Just across from Kowomu Trail Rd (dirt/gravel road), once you head up the fire trail there are pretty much 4 choices for a starting point:

1. A small off-shoot of singletrack on the right which will eventually drop you off on another fire trail approximately 1/4 mile down Rinehart Rd. If you finish there you can loop back to the small parking area by hiking a short stint on the road.

2. The first off shoot of singletrack on the left; just head in and wander.

3. Farther up the hill/ fire trail, you'll see the second off-shoot of singletrack on the left; same thing, head in and wander.

4. Or you can continue all the way up the fire trail; stay to the left, hugging the trees and you'll come to a model airplane demo place (not sure when this ever gets used but it seems to be well maintained). From here you go a little bit further and can drop in the top of the singletrack on the left. Just keep going and look left; you'll eventually see them, I promise. If not, backtrack down the fire trail and find one of the other entrances.

There were a few blue and or purple blazes back here, but nothing consistent. It is hard to get lost back here as all the trails seem to end up back on the main fire trail eventually.

I knew some trail existed back here, but I didn't know there was at least 8+ miles of trail here! This is by no means a comprehensive map, but I wanted to map this so that others may have the chance to explore and have a nice hour or two in the woods of Carroll County!

Just use the Hiking Project mobile app and you can follow where you are on the trails with your phone.


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Jul 9, 2017
Chris Totis

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This very sturdy creek crossing was probably meant for mountain bikes originally, but it's equally fun on foot.
May 27, 2017 near Manchester, MD
A bit of manufactured "trail" aids your passage over the creek.
May 27, 2017 near Manchester, MD