Project 365 / Day 79 – Prettyboy Reservoir


It was a beautifully sunny day with puffy clouds, blue skies, and nippy temperatures with brisk winds. A great day to spend hiking around the pristine and serene Prettyboy Reservoir. The second largest and most remote watersheds in the area, Prettyboy allows for stunning scenery in a natural setting. One of the three reservoirs that provide drinking water for Baltimore, the dam at Prettyboy was built in the early 1930’s.


Staying on the southern side of the watershed, lots of twists and turns, out and back treks ended up being a hike of ten miles. Winding through the woods and walking along the water, the scenery was stunning.



There are several stories concerning the origin of the name “Prettyboy” but one considered authentic is that quite some time ago a farmer had a beautiful white colt named “Pretty Boy”, which was the pride of the neighborhood. The colt was out in the pasture bordering a stream that was a tributary of the Gunpowder River. Suddenly a thunderstorm arose and the colt was forced to seek shelter near the bank of the stream. Sadly, the colt fell into the stream and perished. From that time on, in memory of the colt, the tributary was named “Prettyboy”. (Source:

Walking by the water, beaver activity was evident. Of course, I could not see hide nor hair of the beaver that chewed on this log.


Snaking along the water in and out of little coves I started dreaming of owning a cabin that was built along the reservoir.


It seems at one point there was a residence in the woods near the water. Random artifacts laid in the woods.


So happy to be able to share this beautiful day at Prettyboy Reservoir with you. Aren’t you glad I’m the one that did the hike so you could enjoy it from the comforts of your home?

40 thoughts on “Project 365 / Day 79 – Prettyboy Reservoir

  1. These are so beautiful. I love the way you caught the expansive sky above the lake. The black and white treatment of the stream is perfect. I love the soft light and pattern made by the leafless trees. Very nice.

    • Your words are so generous, and I appreciate your kindness with this comment. I took this with my Canon G12 point & shoot. It does pretty good. Especially when you have such a beautiful day as it was that day. Thank you.

  2. This looks like a beautiful place for a hike, and it looks like the perfect day, with all of that sunshine.
    Love the “Beaver Tree.” I actually found one like it on a walk the other day. No sing of the beaver though.
    Have a great day!

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