Probably the most remarkable thing about Gambrill is that, despite its popularity, it is possible to find a bit of solitude along the 16 miles of trails — especially if you’re up for a hike on the rugged side. The Yellow Poplar, which for long stretches stays near the park road, is where you’re most likely to share the trail with a crowd. It’s also the easiest way to access stunning views from stone overlooks. With picnic tables and strategically located restrooms, Gambrill can accommodate a busy weekend afternoon. Head out onto Catoctin Trail, incorporating the Black Locust and Green Ash trails, though, and it’s possible to find yourself alone in the woods. These loops take longer to hike than might appear on the map! Be prepared; and enjoy!