Directions to our running locations ...

The NCR Trail Snails typically meet on Saturday mornings at either the beginning of the NCR Trail (Ashland Rd. parking lot - Mile 0) or at Loch Raven Reservoir (McFaul's lower parking lot). Where we will be on any given week is announced through a group wide email on the Wednesday or Thursday prior to that weekend's run. After the run, we always grab some breakfast at the local bagel shop.

Ashland Road Parking Lot - NCR Trail Mile 0

Take I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) to I-83 North. Take I-83 North to the Hunt Valley Exit at Shawan Road (Exit 20a - Shawan Road East). Follow Shawan Road for approximately a mile - through two traffic lights. At the third light you will have to either turn left or right - this is York Road (Rte. 45). Turn right and then immediately get in your left lane as you are going to turn left at the next light (approximately 200 yards or so). This is Ashland Road. Turn left at the stoplight onto Ashland Road. In approximately a half mile you will see a residential community on your right with a sign that says ASHLAND. Turn right into the community and follow this road straight back to the parking lot. Quite often in the summer you will have to park along this road leading to the parking lot as the lot fills up quickly. Be courteous of the residents and do not block any driveways or parking spaces.

Loch Raven Reservoir - McFaul's

McFaul's Iron Horse TavernExit I-695 at Cromwell Bridge Rd exit 29A. Turn Left on Cromwell Bridge Rd Destination will be on the left in 2.3 miles.

The folks at McFaul's have kindly allowed us to use their lower parking lot for our Saturday morning runs. And we're now staying after our run for their outstanding Saturday morning breakfast. Click on the logo to check out their menu and website.

Loch Raven Reservoir - Morgan Mill Road

Intersection: Morgan Mill & Loch RavenExit I-695 at Dulaney Valley Road North exit 27. Follow Dulaney Valley Road north over the first Loch Raven Reservoir Bridge. The road splits and you follow the right fork which remains Dulaney Valley Road (The left fork is Jarrettsville Pike). In a short distance the road splits again and you follow the right fork which is now Loch Raven Drive (The sharp left fork is Dulaney Valley Road). Proceed about 1 mile and Morgan Mill Road is on the left. Parking is on Loch Raven Drive on the right side of the road.

Monkton Station

Take I-695 to I-83 North. Take I-83 North to exit 27 MD-137/Mt. Carmel Rd. Turn right onto Mt Carmel Rd. In 0.4 miles, turn right at the traffic light onto MD-45/York Rd. Make an immediate left at the next light onto MD-138/Monkton Rd. Proceed 2.9 miles to the trail crossing and the parking lot on the left.

Sparks Rd

Take I-695 to I-83 North. Take I-83 North to exit 24 E. Belfast Rd. Turn right onto Belfast Rd. In 1.0 miles, turn right MD-45/York Rd. In 0.4 miles turn left onto Sparks Rd. In 0.2 miles you'll pass Old Sparks School on the right (extra parking). Proceed another 0.4 miles to the trail crossing and the parking lot on the right.

Next Run


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