This trail which is 20 miles (32km) long was originally known as the Northern Central Railroad and at the time, it served as a railway line that was used to ferry troops from various military training stations from the north and bringing them to the south, food, materials, supplies as well as clothing between 1832 and 1972.
It served a number of areas including Cockeysville where it started, Maryland, all the way to Pennsylvania. Those who wanted to move their freight to Harrisburg as well as between Baltimore and York were actually served by this rail line that was also used by individuals who were heading to Bentley Springs for vacation.
Operations on this rail line finally came to a halt in 1972 and this was between Cockeysville and York after Hurricane Agnes beat on the bridges that had been erected along it and this marked the end of its 140 years of operation. Though this was a major factor that caused the rail to cease operations, it had been ailing financially before this natural disaster struck.
All was quiet until 1984 when the bed where the rail line lay formerly was turned to a rail trail and the Monkton Train Station that served the rail, finally became a museum from where individuals can access details of the history of this rail line. In 2007, the rail trail formally came to be known as Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail in honor of Torrey C. Brown; the Secretary who opened the stretch between Ashland and Monkton in 1984. This particular stretch is 7.2 miles.
Today, Torrey C. Brown rail trail is a perfect getaway from the city life and there are picnic sites, hotels as well as an antique shop and art gallery. The trail is covered with crushed stone though you can still identify the rail line that lay at the same spot once and it is surrounded by trees. Fishing at Gunpowder River, jogging, hiking, horseback riding, biking as well as walking are some of the common activities on the trail.
For pet lovers, you can also bring your four legged friend with you, only remember to bring them along on a leash. The Loch Raven watershed is also within the vicinity of Torrey C. Brown rail trail where you can go boating as well as fishing. It is important to note that if you are planning to visit this place during the weekend, chances are that you will not find any parking available, since both travelers and residents of Baltimore flock the rail trail on these specific days of the week.
Torrey C. Brown rail trail is served by a number of parking lots, both large and small. One is just off Maryland Route 145 and others are along the trail. Hence, the probability of finding parking space on weekdays is quite high. Better still, you can access this rail trail on a wheel-chair, which is a well thought out idea for individuals in this state, who lack such opportunities at times.
This is certainly more than just a rail trail where you come in and go. But rather, you get to engage in various activities in the course of your visit, as you catch a breath of fresh air as well.