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The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. The trail is 10 feet wide with a stone dust surface. The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding and horseback riding. The trail also provides access for fishing. Trail users should note that the southern end of the trail receives heavy use on weekends. Parking areas from Monkton south are often filled. The trail is less congested and parking is more available at the northern end during peak times.
Parking

Freeland: Take York Road north almost to the Pennsylvania line (Exit 36 off I-83). Then turn left (west) onto Freeland Road. Follow for 2 miles to parking lot.

Bentley Springs: Take York Road north of Parkton (Exit 33 off I-83). Turn left (northwest) onto Kaufman Road. Follow Kaufman Road for less than 1 mile, and turn left (west) onto Bentley Road and proceed to parking lot.

Parkton: Take York Road to Parkton (Exit 31 off I-83). Turn left (west) onto Frederick Road, and park at 18858 Frederick Road.

White Hall: Take York Road north of Hereford (Exit 31 off I-83). Turn right (east) on Weisburg Road. Follow Weisburg Road for 2 miles. The parking lot is located at Weisburg and White Hall Roads.

Monkton:* Take York Road to Hereford (Exit 27 off I-83). Turn right (east) on Monkton Road. Follow for 3 miles, and look for parking lot and park office (open on weekends). This location features restrooms, water, telephones and picnic tables. A convenience store is also open on weekends. Parking at this location is very limited.

Sparks: Take York Road north of Shawan Road to Sparks (Exit 20 off I-83). Turn right (east) on Sparks Road. Go less than 1 mile to parking lot. This location features the Sparks Band Nature Center.

Phoenix: Take York Road north of Shawan Road in Hunt Valley (Exit 20 off I-83). Turn right (east) on Phoenix Road. Travel 1.7 miles and look for parking lot.

Paper Mill: Take York Road (Route 45) to Cockeysville (Exit 18 off I-83). Turn right (east) on Ashland Road. Bear left onto Paper Mill Road. Go less then ½ mile. Look for safe parking areas along the road shoulder near the trail.

Contact: Gunpowder Falls State Park (410-592-2897)
*site includes restrooms or other facilities

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