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Beautiful warm spring day, 12 mile bike ride. Purple flowers and white sicamore trees where beautiful! Easy straight path. Nolan’s ferry and aquaduct were explored. Passed hikerrs and a few joggers. Water on river was pristine and full. Saw a few fisherman.

road biking
19 days ago

Great trail a bit windy

not very shaded and very urban. I hike to get away but not a bad tune up for a long hike.

I want to do this hike with my friend, but we will need 2 cars. One at each end because we plan on doing the whole hike one way. Where do you park at on the southern end?

hiking
2 months ago

When it comes to Hiking or Backpacking the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Avalon, Orange Grove, Hilton, Hilltop and Glen Artney areas are by far the best trail system in the whole Valley area. You can CAMP in the Hilton area at 1101 Hilton Ave. in Catonsville, Md. There are plenty of pavilions, restrooms and drink fountains in many of the sections. There are so many loops you can hike so the miles and terrain will indeed vary pending your planned trip. You can even take the kids hiking or just go to one of the two playgrounds. I have been backpacking this area since the late 60’s and have seen many changes. The biggest was in 1972, The Storm of Agnes. Can you picture the water as high as the railroad tracks? Many of the trails you see on All/Trails was created and recorded by me. I am still out here weekly. Simply view my recording for the many options to hiking this area. Email me for my custom map I created. baltoken @ yahoo.com

Nice ride, but can be crowded.

trail running
5 months ago

I completed a 2.5 hour walk/jog on the Western MD Rail Trail about a week ago. It was very lovely trail. I mainly explored the area & took in nature and history about the trail. Many pretty views (off paved trail)!!!
Primarily for biking to view more of the area, but the hike was nice. The trail has a paved road and side trail that appears to be where train tracks use to be. Great trail. Will go back with my bike next time! ;)

road biking
5 months ago

We greatly enjoyed this trail. It's paved with nice scenery. We went on a Saturday, and there were few people using the trail on bikes or walking. There are rest stops along the way but not many with drinking water stations so bring your own. There are also portable toilets along the route. It's a fairly easy route.

road biking
6 months ago

Very well maintained trail. As a recreational rider I enjoyed the morning

Biked in fall of 2015 and enjoyed with caveats. First it’s flat and straight. Some nice views along the way and a lot of history to check out, and it’s mainly in the shade. But the trail maintenance is poor, lots of roots to discover and if it’s wet, the mud will be miserable. Discovered that it turns to cement when built up between tire and fenders. Like a third brake. Paw paw tunnel was really “cool” and dark. Nice camping spots along the way as well as lock houses that can be rented.

Just finished the Gap Trail this fall and what a difference. This followed the rail lines to Pittsburgh over the continental divide and you’d never know you were climbing 1800’ in a half days ride. No roots to wake you and mostly in the shade. Nice views along several different rivers. Viaduct was spectacular as was Big Savage tunnel. And Amtrak will bring you and your bike back to Cumberland!

Much better ride than C&O.

on Avalon Loop Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice trail for a family hike.

road biking
7 months ago

Great for kids to practice biking

mountain biking
7 months ago

Many pauses and re-starts on this trek. On today, August 21, 2017, there was a rare total solar eclipse of the sun, and I paused several time to look at sun. I hiked the B n' A segment that features the "Planet Walk" exhibits of our solar system (see uploaded pics and map). I decided on this trail today in observance of the solar eclipse taking place while I was on my trek. Reviewing data about the solar system is a great way to observe the eclipse while it is in progress because it is relative to the event. So, this is where I was during the eclipse. Anyway, aside from this special occasion, its a great trail on any day. 5 Stars!

Great day on the trail. Our first time. Attended church at Sherwood Episcopal Church @ 10 am and then went biking. Trail is well shaded, flat with beautiful scenery and there was a mixture of walkers, runners and bikers. Everyone polite and had good trail etiquette!

5-miler @ 4.2mph speed. Two tiny jogs at road crossings, otherwise all hiking. Took 3 pics: one at the beginning (public parking), one at the 2.5-mile turnaround, and at the end (Calypso). Smooth summer night hike!

Wanted to finish hiking this super-low elevation trail at 4.0 mph or faster. This is an excellent, well-paved, easy trail for many activities -- walking, hiking, running, biking, rollerblading and skating, bird watching, the list goes on and on. Although usually populated, this trail's environment offers enough individuality, tranquility, and inner peace to allow one to not mind the crowd. I will be visiting this trail frequently.

I actually hiked 3.5-3.6 miles because my out-n-back turn-around point was at 1.75-1.8 miles -- so, about 0.2 miles was unrecorded. I was trekking along nicely when I looked and my recorded track was stopped. I'm not sure why it stops sometimes. Perhaps toggling back and forth between apps (which is what I was doing, listening to music while hiking) is a cue to stop recording the track. I was consistently checking, so I missed only 2/10 of a mile's worth of data.

I'm happy with this hike. My challenge for this trail is to finish 2.5 hours of hiking at 4.0 mph or better, with absolutely no running (5-mile turn-around point in 75 minutes). This is easier said than done for many.

Nice, quiet trail. Beautiful area! For the most part it's shaded. The occasional sun spots end up feeling great. This stop has a bathroom too!

on Michael Castle Trail

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great trail. A bit windy though when biking. Other then that it's great!

road biking
9 months ago

This is a beautiful, uncrowded, paved, mostly flat trail with few road crossings, nice views, various wildlife, and a few good nearby restaurants to stop at.

Always crowded on weekends, but is the safest for family biking.

nice trail to run or ride a bike

road biking
10 months ago

Terrific ride, saw plenty of wildlife, beautiful landscapes. Gentle grade changes. Lots of benches and some small covered picnic areas for breaks.

this was long and flat and boring. I did the longest day hike with the sierra club 100k so out and back and the highlight of the day was a thunderstorm. this would be fun for bike packing or a long walk with the fam but as a hike it left a lot to be desired. take extra precautions if you're allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac because it's rampant.

road biking
10 months ago

Beautiful, easy, paved trail through a variety of habitats. Wildlife included cows in the woods. One reviewer said "well maintained" but in truth the trail is brand new so let's hope it does continue to be maintained.

Probably the best place to hike anywhere near Baltimore.

This bike trail has spoiled me for the rest of my life.

11 months ago

Great size park with trails leading off roads and walk ways, plenty of places to go and explore with great scenery!

Great trail, easy to make shorter if you use tracking and skip side loops. Love this park!!

mountain biking
11 months ago

great trail to build up endurance; would have used a road bike instead of a mountain bike

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