River Ridge Trail - Patapsco Valley State Park

MODERATE 4 reviews

River Ridge Trail - Patapsco Valley State Park is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ellicott City, MD that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fishing, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles 240 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking


This trail takes hikers from the the campground road down a hill, over railroad tracks, and to the river. The trail begins at the campground road and follows a series of steep switchbacks down to the railroad tracks. Once across the tracks hikers can go down to the river.

6 months ago

1 year ago

Beautiful lush greenery and nice moderate hike. Quiet and peaceful

1 year ago

Tyler is correct, the hike is short but nevertheless still a good one. My dog loved it.

4 years ago

This is a nice but very short hike. The switchbacks are a nice workout but not very long so doable by any age. The railroad tracks look great and we were lucky to actually watch a train pass by. The dogs enjoyed the river and chased sticks for about an hour. This trail turned our evening into a good one. We were camping nearby.