Torrey Brown Trail

The Torrey Brown is a 20 mile rail-trail between the PA-MD line and Hunt Valley, MD, just north of Baltimore. The trail was originally called the NCR Trail (Northern Central Railroad) and you may still see signs and other references to the NCR name. The northern end of the trail connects to the York Heritage Trail in PA near New Freedom, PA. The trail is one segment of the East Coast Greenway.

Most of the trail runs along Gunpowder River and is part of Gunpowder Falls State Park. The usual hiking, jogging and cycling users are often seen. It should be noted that the trail is open to horseback ridding but I have not seen anyone doing so in the few times I have ridden it.  

As with most trails, the Torrey Brown is equipped with mile markers, stop signs at road crossings, porta potties, picnic tables and so forth. Class 1 e-bikes are permitted. The trail is open sunrise to sunset.

The Mason-Dixon line (PA-MD boarder) is the highest elevation for the trail. It is a gradual downhill from there to Hunt Valley. The combination of this trail with the York Heritage Trail is part of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

The trail surface well packed dirt or crushed limestone. It is all hard packed and has very few low spots for water to accumulate. I used my hybrid with 40mm tires and felt very comfortable. I am sure a road bike would be fine but it would not be my first choice.

More information about the trail may be found on the Gunpowder Falls State Park webpage. Here is a Google map with elevation profile.

Here is a video from my YouTube channel: Marks Bike Tock

Notice the north arrow on top of the mile markers.

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