Hoyles Mill Trail – Part 1

I’ve been on the Hoyles Mill Trail twice before and can safely say that it is the strangest trail I have ever been on. To me, it is not a true trail, just disjointed bits of trails and roads cobbled together between Boyds and Germantown, MD. Some of it is dirt, some of it is pavement and some of it made of packed gravel. You don’t like the scenery on Hoyles Mill? Hike 5 more minutes and it will change completely! It is not to say that there are no pretty moments on the trail, but most of it is around civilization. The wooded parts are found in between roads, backyards and agricultural fields. Although the Hoyles Mill Trail is located within the 1141 acres Hoyles Mill Conservation Park, the trail actually goes within a very small part of it. 

Hoyles Mill Trail

Hoyles Mill Trail

The back of Boyds Presbyterian Church can be seen from the trail

The back of Boyds Presbyterian Church can be seen from the trail

To throw some positivity to the trail, I do find it neat that you can hike from South Germantown Recreational Park to Black Hill Regional Park. The official Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission measure the trail at 6.2 miles each way. So if you are adventurous and don’t mind crossing roads, you could do an out and back hike of almost 9 miles. I will be calculating each section that I’m doing on this trail to verify the length of the trail myself as I have a feeling it is actually a bit longer than 4.4 miles.

As with many trails in Montgomery County, there is quite a bit of water on his trail. There is a beautiful bridge that crosses Little Seneca Creek on the section I hiked today. If you hike in the summer, bring your flip-flops and cool off your feet!

Little Seneca Creek

Little Seneca Creek

I ended up doing the middle part of Hoyles Mill Trail today. I parked at the trailhead at White Ground Rd in front of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. I started going north towards Clopper Rd. and wasn’t exactly sure how far up I would go. The distance between the parking lot to Clopper Rd is about 1 mile and I decided against crossing the road since it was surprisingly busy and turned around to do the lower part of the trail instead. After making my way back back to my starting point, I kept going on the trail, which is actually White Ground Rd. itself. About ½ mile after getting on White Ground, the paved road ended and a packed gravel road began. The rest of the trail is gravel until it dead ends at Hoyles Mill Rd. on the other side of the park, near the Kings Crossing subdivision. You can keep going a little further until you reach Bubbling Spring Rd, where another small parking lot is found. The trail continues behind the Kings Crossing subdivision and ends at the South Germantown Recreational Park. The distance between the two parking lots (White Ground Rd. and Bubbling Spring Rd.) was roughly 1.5 mile. In total, this trip was a bit less than 5 miles.

I covered the distance between Clopper Rd. and Bubbling Spring Rd.

I covered the distance between Clopper Rd. and Bubbling Spring Rd.

Hoyles Mill Trail parking lot off of White Ground Rd.

Hoyles Mill Trail parking lot off of White Ground Rd.

Hoyles Mill trailhead

Hoyles Mill trailhead

Trail Notes

  • Trail map
  • Today’s trail distance: About 5 miles (out and back)
  • Hoyles Mill Trail official length: 6.2 mile (one way)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Blazing: Blue
  • Parking: A few parking spots are available off of White Ground Rd. or of of Bubbling Spring Rd.
  • Parking landmark: St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 19620 White Ground Road, Boyds, MD.
  • County: Montgomery

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