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 email@example.com.
Please report your trail work hours to Amy, who tracks this information for the state; these hours also help assess park usage.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 August 3 ] 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).
Excellent footing, no shoes or boots needed. We’ll stay away from the few rocky places. This means no water crossings, so you may want to bring some for your horse. There will be a walk only group for sure, and a faster group if folks want and someone can lead. Please bring chairs and a contribution for a potluck afterward.
RSVP: Leah Mack (<email@example.com>)
Trail Ride. Welcome back to TROT Ivy Smink! Even though Ivy showed us around Union Mills last year as a non-member, let’s really welcome her back to TROT on this trail ride. Union Mills features miles of wooded equestrian trails. The trails are easy on horses’ feet, with only a few sections that are rocky. There are also a few spots were small streams cross the trails, and areas can be muddy in wet weather. The parking is limited, so sign up early to enjoy this ride.