The Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail is another outstanding Rails-to-Trails project in the Northern Virginia/Maryland/Washington DC area.

Together the NCR trail combined with the York County Heritage (YCH) Trail combine for 41 miles of shaded, scenic, mostly packed gravel trail that winds from Cockeysville, Maryland to York, PA.  Most of the trail follows the Gunpowder Falls River, so there are several overlooks and waterfalls along the way.


Garden Gnome display along the NCR Trail in Maryland

NCR Trail

View of the NCR Trail


Wildflowers on the NCR Trail


Waterfall in the Gunpowder Falls River next to NCR Trail

There are a handful of portapotties along the trail, but not much other civilization.  Ensure you bring water, spare tubes, and anything else you might need during your ride.