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From the parking lot, begin hiking southwest on the Soapstone Trail. The trail immediately descends 200 feet to Soapstone Creek and follows the creek, zigzagging through hundred-year-old trees and thick, lush forest. At the Soapstone day use area, veer northwest paralleling another unnamed creek, before meeting up with the Bull Run Trail. Turn right onto the Bull Run Trail, climb to the top of a small hill, and cross an open meadow. Follow the path along the ridgeline before descending back down to the Soapstone trail. Turn left onto the Soapstone Trail and retrace your steps back to the car.
Mapped by Josh and Leanne Tallman
- Distance: 4.4
Location: 39.2451438903809, -76.7194976806641
From the parking lot, hike southwest on the Soapstone Trail (marked with purple blazes). The first 0.2 mile descend nearly 200 feet to Soapstone Creek where the trail zigzags through hundred-year-old trees; watch for small marmots scurrying around.
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Continue straight on the Soapstone Trail @ 3-way junction.
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Soapstone Day Use Area: From the day use area, head northwest along an unnamed trail, paralleling a slightly larger creek.
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Cross the creek and continue rock hopping; keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer hiding in the woods. Forget the hustle and bustle of city life along this stretch of wilderness.
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Break out some snacks and soak up the quiet on this small, flat rock along the trail. Depending on the time of day, it is not uncommon to see wildlife coming down to drink at the creek.
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After crossing under powerlines, veer right @ 3-way junction onto the Bull Run Trail (marked by orange blazes). Next, start climb up a small hill.
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After passing through a small meadow, continue straight across a deserted gravel road and continue hiking south.
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Begin a steep descent back down the hill to the Soapstone Trail. At Waypoint 2, turn left and retrace your route back to the parking lot.
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