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Soldier's Delight Natural Environmental Area

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Distance: 5.5 miles


5 1/2 mile double loop over serpentine rock that criss-crosses over Deer Park Road in Baltimore County.
  • Serpentine Trail begins at Visitor's Center
  • Small stream crossing
  • Marsh Prairie and burned trees
  • Soldier's Delight Overlook
  • Historic Soldier's Delight Sign
  • Begin Choate Mine Trail
  • Choate Mine
  • Dolfield Trailhead
  • Drainage Pond
  • Start on Red Run Trail
  • Huge tree and vines all entangled
  • Terrain opens up to prairie micro-environment
  • Pit Mine
  • Choate Mine Trail opens back up to Deer Park Rd.
  • looking back down Trail

This hike is an easy trek out into some pretty alien landscape for the Mid-Atlantic. The trail keeps moving you between typical eastern woodlands and small micro environments of traditional prairie. Soldier's Delight is one of the only location in the eastern U.S. that supports a prairie environment at some of its small open meadows. It is also the site of the world's first chromium mine which supplied the world at one time.

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