Loch Raven Reservoir Cooperative Wildlife Management Area is a protected area in Maryland. The property is owned by the city of Baltimore and is primarily used for watershed protection. Although it is popular with hikers and mountain bikers, there is little in the way of infrastructure for visitors. Parking is often haphazard and trail markings are infrequent.
Try parking around the intersection of Seminary and Dulaney Valley Road and then wandering into the watershed from there. There is also a popular trailhead just south of the Dulaney Valley Road bridge over the reservoir.
When to Go
Any time is fine, but mid-day during the work week is the least crowded. You can avoid the crowds by staying away from the most popular trails. There are many tucked away treasures to find.
No permits are required to hike. There is no admission fee. Bicycling is highly regulated to sanctioned trails. Check with Baltimore City DPW for details.
Dogs are permitted on a leash. The fire trails are popular with dogs due to how spread out the property is.