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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.

Date: 11/25/2016 Nice hike.

I am a local senior hiker & backpacker of the Patapsco Valley State Park. The Orange Grove, Avalon, Glen Artney, Hilton and Hilltop areas have the best maintained trial in the Patapsco. I have hiked this trail many times. This loop recorded is a easy short trail for the kids with only one incline from the start then the rest is flat and easy.

is this trail still open as of 11/17?

I believe some people are confused. The (Hilltop) Area is not the same as the (Hilton) Area. The best access point for the Hilton Area is 1101 Hilton Ave, Catonsville, Md. Now, if you plan to hike the Hilltop Loop then park at S. Hilltop Rd. location or at the Ilchester Rd. lot by the foot bridge. You can even park at the Swinging Bridge in the Orange Grove area but you will have to paid to enter the park. To keep the trails maintained, Your SUPPORT is needed.

road biking
26 days ago

A reply to Fareed Chishty Question:
Grist Mill Trail & River Rd. to the Swinging Bridge is all Blacktop. You can walk your bike across the bridge. If you are doing any other trails you indeed need a Good Mountain Bike.

My daughter and I hike the Patapsco State Park at least once a week The Hilltop trail loop is fairly easy for me. I am a handicap, overweight and in my mid-60’s. We always park at the Swinging Bridge. I found this trail much easier if you start at the tunnel and go up the Sawmill side first. It’s more a gradual uphill then starting at the Hilltop area. This way the whole second half of the trail is all down hill and the last mile is a flat surface.

wife and I did this trail on a warmer fall day. there was one somewhat tricky spot due to the incline but overall we really enjoyed the trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Moderate technical, not all areas are marked, but easy to route back, much parallel with river, train tracks. A favorite for mtb.

Our first hike for my husband my self and our 12 year old son. We enjoyed it very much and it looks like the beginning of a new adventure for us. We don't really have anything to compare it to. But it wasn't too difficult.

this was a great trail. we only managed to get just under 9 miles completed. took about 4 hours, taking a 30 minute break for lunch. next time we need to start very early. will probably take close to 8-9 hours to hike the whole thing. I like the varying terrain. can't wait to finish the whole thing. bring lots of water.!

2 months ago

awesome trail. a bit confusing, but if you follow the white markers all the way , you'll be perfect. really beautiful. good workout!

2 months ago

Fun ruins.

road biking
3 months ago

I have a question about this being good for Road Bikes? Is this really good for road bikes?

Really enjoyed this one. I did a big loop that was about 6.25 miles total. Some uphill but not a lot. The majority is flat with the river in your side. I definitely want to come back with my bike as the trails looked like a ton of fun for mountain biking. I only saw 4 people total after 3 hours on the trails. Two were on bikes and two were walking. These trails are clearly used for horseback riding a lot as well as there is evidence on the trails. I saw 6 people on horseback across the river but never encountered them along the trail.