I ran the trails at Hashawha for the first time in more than a decade

Uphill trail shown among trees.
There were lots of hills on the Hashawha trails. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I’d been wanting to make it back to the trails at Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster, Maryland, for a while, and I finally made that happen last month, on Sept. 6.

I grew up about 30 minutes away in Hampstead, and I remember going to Hashawha — which is north of the Westminster city limits — for a running program in the summer, which I believe would have either been the summer before I graduated high school (2007) or the summer after I graduated (2008). I also spent a week at Hashawha during Outdoor School in sixth grade (during the 2001-2002 school year). Either way, it had been years since I’d run there.

There are about five miles of trails at Hashawha. They can be seen on a map here, but I did find them a little bit hard to follow (I went the wrong way at least once). I found the Hashawha Loop on AllTrails and decided to park near Lake Hashawha to start my run.

Wooden markers, one reading "Stream Trail" and another reading "Boundary Trail" with woods in background.
Here are a couple markers along the Hashawha trails. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Either way, I got in a 3.5 mile run and I got to explore what was basically a new-to-me area.

I took a slow pace, and my run included plenty of stops to take photos and walk breaks. There were some steep hills to tackle, too. The trails included a little bit of everything: wider trail sections, grassy sections, single track trails and bridges. Part of the trail even went through a cornfield.

Cornfield split down the middle for a trail to go through.
The trail I was on heads into a cornfield. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Also along the trail was the Martin Cabin Homestead, a historic home.

There are more trails to explore at Hashawha, so I hope to return for further exploring!

Historic cabin shown with trail on the left.
The Martin Cabin Homestead is along the trail I ran on. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
Grass trail with plants on both sides and trees further back.
Here’s a grassy section of the Hashawha trails. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
Woodsy section with trail going through it.
Here’s one more woodsy photo! (Vanessa Junkin photo)

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