Summary: The nature trail at Ballenger Creek park is a one mile loop that crosses a bridge and then turns right to follow the creek. The trail is a very broad, grassy path with numbered wooden markers along the way. I'm sure the numbers note specific features along the trail but I don't know what they are. Perhaps someone at the park office would have more information.
After a while, the trail leave the creekside and climbs a mild hill. Down the other side you will come across a fenceline with cows on the other side. They weren't particularly skittish when I was there but they did not like the company and moved across the field.
After the paddock, the trail returns to the creekside and then back to the bridge.
There are four geocaches in the park. The three along the trail are easy enough and one would spend an hour both walking and geocaching. The cache nearer the park entrance is a much more difficult find.
Trailhead: 3 miles southwest of Frederick, MD, off Ballenger Creek Pike (MD 351).
Ballenger Creek Park has a lot of open areas, several parking and picnic areas, several playgrounds and ball fields. There is at least one water fountain in the park, located near the first parking and picnic area on the left. The trailhead is at the last parking area.
Trail Guides for Ballenger Creek Park:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Parks & Recreation Office 301-694-1646
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Di on 1/15/2011
Best thing about this park is the water feature that many dogs play in on the North East corner of the trail. And also look out for the pre 1900 tombstone by the cow fields.
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