Seal of Caroll County, Maryland

Hashawha Environmental Center /
Bear Branch Nature Center

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    HEC: 410-386-3560
    BBNC: 410-386-3580

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From forests to fields, Hashawha’s trail system offers something for every level of hiker. There are three trails to explore and enjoy: The Vista Trail, The Stream Trail, and the Wilderness Trail.

The Vista Trail (marked by white triangles) is 1.2 mile loop around Bear Branch Nature Center. This trail is easy to moderate and ideal for short walks. The Vista Trail passes through wooded areas, skirts farm fields, and leads visitors to the Raptor Mews, the enclosure for Hashawha’s birds of prey.

The Stream Trail (marked by green triangles) is a delight for birders and wildlife-watchers. Beginning at Lake Hashawha, the trail follows Bear Branch Stream before cutting through fields and meadows. The historic Martin Cabin can also be found along the Stream Trail. This trail is approximately 1.8 miles long.

For visitors looking for a longer and more strenuous hike, there is the Wilderness Trail (marked by yellow triangles). The Wilderness Trail consists of three loops totaling approximately 2 miles. Lovely views of Big Pipe Creek and the Carroll County countryside can be found along this path.

Hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers are welcome to enjoy Hashawha’s trails. HEC adjoins the Union Mills Equestrian Trails which are designated horse trails. Hikers and mountain bikers are also permitted.