Coot Peninsula Loop is a 4.2 mile popular loop trail that is simply delightful. The trail brings you through some lovely woods and then onto a peninsula (as the trail name suggests) that has you walking within sight of water on both sides, until finally the peninsula widens, like a spoon, into the Liberty Reservoir. I always delight when I discover a local hike that is not only new to me, but also really special — this is one such hike.
Although the trail doesn’t lead you right along the shoreline, throughout the trail, there are multiple places where you can head straight down to the water’s edge, inviting you to fish, forest-bathe, or simply stand and appreciate the beauty of the place.
Liberty Reservoir is a reservoir west of Baltimore, Maryland; about a mile north of Patapsco Valley State Park’s McKeldin area. The 9,200-acre Liberty Reservoir tract, owned by the City of Baltimore, protects the reservoir. The area is open to hiking, rowing or paddle boating, bird watching, horseback riding and nature photography year-round, and for archery hunting during a regulated season.
I especially enjoyed the several elevation gains, that were just enough to get the heart pumping; total elevation gain was just under 500 feet and the elevation changes aren’t all in the same place, so it really isn’t strenuous.