Northern Central Railroad (NCR Trail)
Hereford Volunteer Association, Inc..

    Sparks Super SUNDAYS: The Sparks Bank Nature Center will be open each Sunday, starting Memorial weekend and through Labor Day weekend. Hours will be noon-5PM. The address is 1243 Sparks Rd, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152 Each Sunday will present a Creature Feature as well as other activities that enhance an appreciation for the environment.

    Originally known as the NCR Trail (Northern Central Railroad), the Torrey C. Brown trail is a recreational area for walking, biking, jogging, or horseback riding, that starts in Ashland, Maryland (near Hunt Valley) and winds for twenty miles through beautiful scenery to the Pennsylvania border. From there, the trail is known as the Heritage Rail Trail Park and extends further north to York, Pa.

    There is an approximately 10-foot wide path of packed, crushed stone which makes for a very smooth surface. There is ample room on either side of the stone path to allow you to stop and take photos or rest. Much of the trail is through heavily wooded areas which provides just the right combination of sunshine for cool days, and shade for the hot days of summer. In many areas there is a cool stream beside the trail.

The trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk, seven days a week throughout the year. The trail is also pet-friendly as long as the pet is on a leash.

Numerous parking areas provide easy access to various points along the trail. For directions to the major lots, please see:

Who we are:

    The Northern Central Railroad / Hereford Volunteer Association, Inc. is a non-profit group that was chartered in 1995. We are helpers and lend support to Gunpowder Falls State Parks in this northern central portion of the park. We raise funds and create activities that reflect good stewardship of the environment, and historical buildings and monuments along this old railroad bed.
Our goals revolve around the following:
- the 20 mile trail or linear park, Torrey C. Brown nature trail
- the Sparks Bank Nature Center renovation
- the Monkton Station railroad station as a growing and vibrant museum

    The NCR/Hereford Volunteer Association is a growing membership striving to create activities and programs that compliment the aformentioned areas for the good of the community. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, April through November, beginning at 7:30P.M. at Monkton Station. Some activities held in the past include Bike Through History, Historical Talks, Garden Gate Chats at Monkton Gardens, Railroads through History chats etc....