hiking

birding

views

mountain biking

forest

wildlife

walking

river

wild flowers

nature trips

trail running

dogs on leash

kid friendly

horseback riding

waterfall

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Date 1/11/2017 Great Hike and nice views of the river.

Love this trail. Awesome scenery

hiking
16 days ago

Nice series of trails, especially the rapids trail. Could use a bit more signage, but it's not hard to find your way around. Would definitely go back!

This is a great trail for all. Featuring little small water closing and a Water Falls. Well-maintained trails and the trees are marked (BLUE). There is access to this trail system from two locations. Orange Grove/Avalon at the Swinging Bridge or from the top of the valley at Landing Rd. The Rootball trail is (Closed). An updated trail map will show you the NEW TRAIL (Garrett Pass). I added his map to the pictures. Dec. 27 was in the Mid 60's. Warm day.

This is a great trail for all. Featuring little small water closing and a Water Falls. Well-maintained trails and the trees are marked (BLUE). There is access to this trail system from two locations. Orange Grove/Avalon at the Swinging Bridge or from the top of the valley at Landing Rd. The Rootball trail is (Closed). An updated trail map will show you the NEW TRAIL (Garrett Pass). I added his map to the pictures. Dec. 27 was in the Mid 60's. Warm day.

nice hike through the woods, with a stream crossing on the Hop the Snake portion

hiking
22 days ago

My daughter and I hike this trail at least once a month. We hike the Patapsco Valley weekly. I would say they are the best maintained trails in Baltimore County and Elkridge, Maryland.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Moderately challenging hike with beautiful views. Well maintained trails with amazing wallfalls. Moderate traffic including mountain bikers, families with dogs and kids.
One of my favorites....will see me there offen.

One of my favorite trails. Beautiful, well maintained...amazing waterfalls!
Training up for an AT hike and this trail is a perfect match!
A must hike!!

Date: 11/25/2016 Nice hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail for all. Plenty of freshwater for the puppy dogs. Well maintained trail and the trees are MARKED. The entire Cascade trail system is marked (BLUE) There is access to this trail system from two locations. Orange Grove/Avalon at the Swinging Bridge or from the top of the valley at Landing Rd. The Rootball trail (Closed) is no more. I have added a picture map of the NEW TRAIL ( Garrett Pass ) which now replaces the old Rootball. You can also look at the new feature trail on the main list ( Cascade Falls and Bike Buster ).

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?

This is a great trail for all. Plenty of freshwater for the puppy dogs. Well maintained trail and the trees are MARKED. The entire Cascade trail system is marked (BLUE) There is access to this trail system from two locations. Orange Grove/Avalon at the Swinging Bridge or from the top of the valley at Landing Rd.

Went hiking with mom and really enjoyed the color change of the leaves - can only imagine what it would've looked like a month earlier. Well marked trails and varied scenery of waterfalls, cascades, and rock formations. Easy hike. Would definitely come back.