Patapsco Valley Unmaintained Trail #1 is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marriottsville, MD that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Short uphill hike to meadow through open woods, view of river in winter This is the first of the many unmaintained trails within the Patapsco Valley State Park that I hope to document. These trails seem to vary widely in their condition and yet offer some wonderful, quiet hikes through the river valley. This is very short hike, 0.72 miles round trip, through open forest to a meadow at the top of the hill. The trail is clear and not too rugged. In late fall and winter, you should have a lovely view of the river below. In the summer, the river here is calm enough to offer swimming and rafting fun for older kids and adults. The trail is shared with horses and we saw a few. The first part of the trail is quite steep, but it becomes more gentle as you continue. There are over 170 miles of trails in the park, mostly unmaintained, which afford hikers wonderful opportunities to enjoy the forest and the river right near Baltimore. Check out the others as I document them!