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Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the parks many popular pavilions. One of Marylands first state parks (founded in 1907), the valley and its natural resources have been enjoyed by the Native Americans, explorers, settlers and present-day citizens. With its source in Frederick and Carroll counties, the Patapsco serves the Port of Baltimore, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The park is well known for its trail opportunities for hikers, bikers, and horses as well as it's outstanding scenery and historic ruins. Patapsco State Park has 190 miles of trails.
70 degrees out is not bad for second week of February. Calling for snow in two days. CRAZY. Great day for a hike in the woods. It always looks so different when the trees are bare. Trail was nice and dry. No bugs in the winter. Look for the White braze on the tree for Santee. It's the through trail.
I parked on Landings Rd to access this. Somewhat limited parking at this site, but it was 32 - 36 degrees the day I went and I didn't have a problem parking. The trail is wide and well maintained. I hiked the trail this day. I started this particular loop by going counter clockwise to avoid some of the foot traffic heading to the falls. This was probably a good decision. By doing this I was able to get the hills out of the way in the beginning Be aware of all the side trails that may get you off track. The trails are blazed but it can get confusing on which route to take. I had good cell reception and used this app to navigate it. The small falls is a cool stop for lunch. It seems to be heavily visited though. Be aware of the bikes on the trail. There are lots of them, but not a huge deal. You hear them way before you see them. Biking this looks like fun. Overall this is a decent little hike worth checking out that won't cause you to drive forever to get to.
Easy, flat and mostly paved trail that runs alongside the Patapsco River. It does connect to other trails within the park which would provide more interest in terms of scenery and elevation of terrain, however I didn't have time to explore them. I rate this particular trail four stars because of the ruins located nearby within the park. The St. Stanislaus Kotska Catholic Church ruins are located on top of a hill and is not visible from the trail. There isn't a noticeable trail leading up to it, either. Just use your phone GPS to locate it and just hike your way up. Didn't see the cemetery, but will check it out when I return.