This large piece of wilderness (over 450 acres) offers miles of trails for hiking and jogging. One of the main trails ... More
Robert E. Lee Memorial Park
This large piece of wilderness (over 450 acres) offers miles of trails for hiking and jogging. One of the main trails circumscribes Lake Roland, which was once one of the city's main reservoirs. Other trails reach back into densely forested areas, some taking you over scenic footbridges and others through small tunnels. The only caveat is that the park is a popular destination for dog walkers, and the less rugged trails are often crowded. Otherwise, it's a great urban escape.
When dog people started coming to the park, the druggies and prostitutes left, and some of us lugged out buckets of broken glass, condoms and beer cans. When it was suddenly safe again to go there, the dog people were deemed unwelcome. Mountain bikers, who create special bare-ground jumps and paths, are welcome however. People used to meet at "the bridge" and dogs, children and adults swam or waded in the water. I constantly picked up broken glass and warned parents -- shoes only. Now the dog owners are unwelcome again. Who will pick up the glass from the middle of the river? I don't think that's the rangers' job. Most dog owners pick up after their dogs...peer pressure is strong. And other dog owners, like me, will pick up after other people's dogs. It's my park too, in my opinion. I'm totally disgusted with what has happened to disenfranchise so many good, friendly people, who often provided directions to newcomers, led rescue workers to a person in need, marked the trails, etc. For 25 years people with dogs went...I certainly wouldn't go to the park alone without dogs. Too many weird people roaming around, and some of them live in the park.
Been coming to this park along Lake Roland off and on for over 40 years. It has always been defined by the rustic lake and its decades abandoned rail right of way. Sadly, some recent discoverers of this park have transformed it into something they'd like to possess. It now has a fenced in pay area for dogs, and police who snoop around to see if the areas that really aren't in the park at all are being used by off leash dogs. If hiking with your pet is your thing, go somewhere else and don't tell county government where you went. The persons who have paid the $50 fee to let their dogs into the fenced in area have decided this is a good arrangement for them. It is not for me and I bet its not for any of the dozens who used to frequent the place before the government pandered to the neighbors to create this structured morass.
This was a five star place before the government "improved" it. Now you and your pet are better off elsewhere. If you like to harass pet owners with useless regulations this is your spot.
Robert E. Lee Park formerly known as "dog poop park" is now open. It had been closed for a few years while Baltimore County took over management. No longer are dogs allowed to room off the leash. There are 2 park rangers stationed full time that inforce the rules. It really is a wonderful place to vist (again).
We met people at the park who told us how great it was on the otherside..
Sadly the bridge over was closed and looks like it may have been so for a while. Some directions to the walks would have been nice, everyone we met was as lost as we were.
When I was a teenager, mid fifties, the park was a wonderful (clean) place. We would spend days there fishing (all fish are gone now). The lake had an abundance of all types of fish. Now it has been neglected for years by the city and the dog walkers. Dogs go unleashed and mess everywhere. The city and the dog walkers should be ashamed of themselves. This place could again become a real garden spot like it was in the past with the cooperation of the city and the dog walkers. By the way, I love dogs. I can't say as much for their owners.
Great park for dogs and their owners. Great trail in the back of the park that leads to a stream where the dogs can play in the water. If you don't like dogs, chances are you won't enjoy it as there are tons of dogs on and off leash in the park.
This place is great except for the 100's of people who take their dogs off their leashes and let them roam around and bother everyone else. Great for hiking and biking and getting away from the hustle and bustle. You may find some unique rocks, peaceful hideaways and private wateride retreats. However, many of them will be disturbed by the presence of somebodies dog doing it's business right in front of you. Best times to go are mid day when everyone is at work.
My husband and I love to take our dog to this wonderful park! There is a picnic pavillion, huge lake for the dogs to swim in, and a beautiful trail. We have never had a negative experience and we try to go at least once a week.
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