Please come out to enjoy a TROT trail ride and consider leading a ride yourself! TROT trail rides are fun and a great opportunity to learn new trails, meet other TROT members, and find a new trail riding buddy. To lead a ride, contact our trail ride coordinator, Barbara Sollner-Webb.
To participate in a scheduled ride:
- Contact the ride leader to sign-up and learn the ride’s starting time and other details.
- If a ride is postponed or cancelled, the ride leader will notify you.
- Check the TROT website and TROT and Maryland Trail Riders listservs for the most current ride information.
- All ride participants:
- Must wear helmets
- Provide appropriate documentation of current negative Coggins test for the horse, in compliance with Maryland state law.
- Be a TROT member – One-day TROT memberships are available at the ride for $5
If you need a ride to the event or can offer one, please email Barbara Sollner-Webb, so that this information can be included in an upcoming newsletter, or contact the ride leader.
Anytime you are on a trail ride and if safe to do so, you can perform trail maintenance by clipping branches that impede passageway along a trail. In addition, you can participate in scheduled trail maintenance days.
Amy Kimble is the TROT Adopt-A-Trail coordinator and she has challenged all TROT members to perform two hours of trail maintenance a year. Please contact Amy for additional information about participating in trail maintenance activities. She can be reached at 301-748-8310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please report your trail work hours to Amy, who tracks this information for the state; these hours also help assess park usage.
Trail Ride. If you haven’t ridden this quaint area, you are missing out. Parking is limited, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Piney Run Park encompasses 550 acres with a 300 acre lake. Prior to being a park, this land was a private farm.
Ride with the wild ponies! This ride has been on my bucket list, and I invite you to join me. Day use horseback riding is permitted in Maryland from October 9 through May 14. An entrance fee is required for all vehicles entering the park. Sign up now to ensure your space. I am contemplating camping there for those who might also be interested. It is highly suggested that you check with your vet before attending this ride as many of the Assateague horses are positive for Equine Infectious Anemia.
Trail Ride. Gillis Falls is also known as Woodbrook CWMA in Woodbine. Veteran Gillis Falls trail rider Tracy Loppatto with show us around this area which boasts miles of trails, arenas, and cross country jumps. Show some love to the Carroll County Equestrian Council and the Gillis Falls trails surrounding their awesome venue.
Trail Ride. Veteran Morgan Run trail rider, Debbie Mullinix, will lead us on this trail ride. Morgan Run is a 1,336 acre environmental nature area featuring miles of equestrian trails in both open fields and woodlands. Only a few sections are somewhat rocky, but the vast majority of the trails have footing that is easy on horses’ feet. There is plenty of parking at Morgan Run. As always, plan to stay for the potluck after the ride.
Trail Ride. Fair Hill has great footing, even for the barefoot horse. But there are some areas with gravel, so for the very tender-footed horse they may require shoes/boots. Fair Hill also boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. There will be some small water crossings along the ride, as well as some bridges, dogs on leashes, and fellow riders/horses. There usually is enough trailer parking in the lot as well as the field. This ride will be walk-trot, with some cantering if the trail permits. We will ride for at least 1.5hrs, longer if everyone is up for it! Bring your lunch and a chair if you would like to stay afterwards!
Thanks to the feedback received at the Carroll County end of the riding season luncheon, we have added a new adventure to the 2019 list, the Underground Rail Road trail! The trail is located in the northeastern portion of the county in the community of Sandy Spring. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail is part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is also one segment of the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail Corridor, a 25-mile trail corridor that will one day connect Patuxent River State Park to Prince George’s County. Be sure to stick around and hitch your horse to your trailer for lunch and a stroll through Woodlawn Manor. It is going to be a great time.
Woodstock Inn in Woodstock Maryland located in Patapsco State Park between Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties. This established watering hole is a favorite of Horseback riders in the area. Woodstock Inn appreciates the many riders that come to their restaurant. There are dedicated hitching posts with signs “Horse and Mule Parking Only” in their main parking lot as well as two hitching posts in a lower secluded treelined spot away. Wait staff will sometimes add a few carrots to your wing order. The Inn is also a favorite spot for Motorcycle riders and there can be cars in the upper parking lot close to the hitching posts. Horses will have to walk past these to get to the lower hitching posts. There is a freight Train Line that runs alongside the parking lot. 4-5 Car lengths away from where the horses are but it can be loud and something horses might need a little extra support to encounter. There are outside picnic tables if you want to eat with your horse. In there are also outside tables in the lower picnic area also allowing a full view of the horses.
The ride will begin at the McKeldin Rest Area of Patapsco state parks. McKeldin Park is at the very SE edge of Carroll Co/North East Baltimore County and has dedicated Horse Trailer parking and rest rooms close by. This area has miles of multi-use trails, which are very popular with the equestrian community. You may encounter walkers, dogs on leashes, and bike riders. The area has unique trail that are well maintained by the Park Volunteers and other horse groups with the equine rider in mind. The trails provide a beautiful view as you climb in and out of river valleys. There are two water crossings as we go to the Hernwood Side of the Park traveling toward Old Court Road and Climb up to the Parking Lot of the Restaurant. There is also a Railroad Track Crossing. The ride is 1 ½ hour one way at a nice slow walk. A Walk-Trot group can leave the Lunch will take about 30-40 mins . In total the day should be 4-5 hours of Horse Fun.
The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail follows 19.7 miles of the former the Northern Central Railway (NCR) in northern Baltimore County – from Ashland, Maryland north to the Maryland-Pennsylvania line, passing through historic communities including Ashland, Phoenix, Monkton, White Hall, Bentley Springs and Freeland. Hikers, joggers, bicyclists, horseback riders and pets on leashes are welcome. It is a packed gravel trail. We will be departing from the Freeland location at 21198 Railroad Ave, Freeland, MD 21053(This is the closest approximate address for you GPS). Follow Freeland Road from York Rd and the parking lot will be on your right. This will be a 2 hour out and back walk-trot ride. Please contact Bianca Paterakis at 443-340-4036 email@example.com to register and get ride time. Helmet and current Coggins required. Bring your lunch and a chair if you would like to stay afterwards.
Trail Ride. [rain date Sun July 14] We will leave from the Georgia Ave parking lot and ride in one group at a speed comfortable for all. Pack a lunch to eat on the trail. Trailer parking is tight, so please contact ride leaders to sign up and plan to “trailerpool”!
RSVP: Corinne Pouliquen (parkoverlookfarm@aol or 301-943-9975) or Meggan Whalen (firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-338-1307).
Sweet Air is one of the most popular riding areas in Gunpowder Falls State Park with multiple trails and access from local boarding facilities. The pace of this ride will be walk- trot- cantering if trail permits and the length is 2 hours. There is trailer parking in a field and a picnic table. Along the trail there are some muddy spots as well as a few rocky areas so boots or shoes are recommended. The trail will go through fields, wooded areas, past farms and may have some water crossings. If the trails are wet, the park will close the area to riders so we will be confirming one or two days before. Please contact Bianca Paterakis at 443-340-4036 email@example.com to register and get ride time. Helmet and current Coggins required. Bring your lunch and a chair if you would like to stay afterwards. The address to use for your GPS is 2840 Dalton-Brevard Rd, Baldwin, MD 21013. Dalton-Brevard Road is a short gravel road. When you get to the end and see the gate and sign for the dog training facilities, turn right and drive up onto the field for trailer parking.