trail running

dogs on leash


nature trips

wild flowers


mountain biking

kid friendly



horseback riding

fly fishing

Patapsco Valley State Park encapsulates 32 miles of the Patapsco River, and more than 16,000 acres of protected land with eight developed recreational areas in Frederick and Carroll counties. Extremely popular with mountain bikers and hikers, Patapsco State Park's Recreational opportunities include 190 miles of hiking trails, fishing, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking, as well as picnicking and camping for individuals or large groups.

A nice rocky hike tucked in the middle of suburbia. There are a few housing developments surrounding the park/trail, so you have to park on the side of the road and walk down to the trailhead.

Nice winter hike in the snow. The trail was a little muddy from yesterdays snow storm.

wonderfully diverse. nicely challenging. beautiful scenery. watch out for horse dropping

Today was my third day back on trail since Nov. 4. I have a ligament injure known as Plantar Fasciitis. I got a cortisone shot Dec. 1, and it seems to be wearing off already.
I stayed on the flat Grist Mill with a taped up foot and gave it a little workout. The trails were crowded and I did have my Santa suit on. If I am better before Xmas I will be hiking more to make the kids happy. Many people asked to take pictures with their kids and dogs too. This old white bearded man had a great time making people smile and say Merry Christmas.


this trail is easy.

10 days ago

not bad. was a bit boring for the kids

Fall hike on the trail but the weather was in the 60's. And to think, Xmas is only a month away. For a weekdays, the trails are generally empty but with mild temperatures I am seeing many people on the trails. As I was going up the Sawmill Branch Trail about 12 school kids were going down to the stream. They all were having a great time. I am still dealing with foot pain but managed to hike 3.5 miles today. If you hike my last recording it takes you above the Bloede Dam project. 7 Acres of trees are gone. You can basically now see the whole valley now that the leaves are off the trees. Note: With the leaves gone it's a lot more windy up top but the sun is also a lot warms. It was cold down in the valley and that was the only time I had a sweatshirt on.

13 days ago

15 days ago

The closed trail at the base near the parking lot and the bathrooms is worth a second look. Watch out for the beam at the bottom. Longing to go back already.

16 days ago

Easy track, saw lots of birds including a blue heron and various woodpeckers. Peaceful walk on the river