Yesterday was a great day to be outside so we took a hike up the Trolley Line #9 trail. It always surprises me how few people in Howard County are aware of this great little hike. It runs for about a mile and a half from Ellicott City to Emondson Avenue in Catonsville. It is a railroad grade so it is never too steep, perhaps less than 6%. Almost anyone can handle this trek even an old dog like me.
It is a neat little trail too. The trail hugs a portion of Cooper Branch and for the most part it is heavily wooded, at least until you begin to reach the Catonsville end. Before that though, after about 1.1 miles you can turn off on Oella Avenue and walk a block to the Country Corner Grocery store and get yourself an ice cream. This store is a throwback to another time.
And you can enjoy that ice cream because the walk back to Ellicott City is all downhill. The next time I walk this trail I'll take my daughters Razor scooter with me. I think one could coast the whole way.
You can find the trail head just behind the Trolley Stop restaurant which is just over the Patapsco River bridge out of downtown Ellicott City.