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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.

1 day ago

Nice after work walk and nice views of the river and railroad bridge.

Geat trail, long enough to get the blood moving but easy enough to take you dogs as well

Wow, 80 degrees today and it still February. The wife decided to take a hike with me so we brought the dogs with us. Because one of our two Beagles is 12 years old we didn't want to over do it so I planned out a small 2 mile loop. Kind-a glad I did because like a dummy I had on a cotton tee shirt. Cotton makes you sweat in the summer and boy did it feel like that. The park was super crowded with other people walking their dogs. Only restroom on this loop is a Spot-A-Pot by the Lost Lake Pond.

Fascination of February, In Feb. 2010 we had two back to back blizzards. This Year has been totally different but it has indeed been muddy. We got 3 inches of rain on the 13th. & 14th. On Feb. 15, it was 60 degrees out and I was hiking in mud. Feb. 18, I was hiking in snow but it melted the same day so it was muddy again. Today, It was 76 Degrees and they are calling for the same tomorrow. The side trails were muddy so I decided to stay on the Blacktop Grist Mill trail. I wanted to go and check on the progress of the dam project. The park was fairly crowded and people were in good spirits due to the warm temperatures. Please note: Restroom at Playground are closed but there are Spot-A-Pots in place. Water Fountains are turned off. There is one down tree in the middle of the Trail.

3 days ago

Gorgeous trail, easy footing, quiet for the most part (next to a shooting range), beautiful dam at the end of the trail. definitely coming back to this trail.

Great trail. Easy walk with a few rocks to navigate and a few creek crossings. Took the family and very much enjoyed it. Out and back took about 1hour, 45 minutes while taking our time for a few pictures.

5 days 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

5 days ago

A great hike, however the distance should be revised to 7.5 miles.

Crazy weather we are having again this month. Maryland weather, Wait 5 minutes and it will change. Just a few days ago I was hiking Rockburn park in 60 degree weather. Today it's back in the 40's - 30's with the wind chill and snow being forecasted in the evening. The only reason I saw a few people on the trails was because it's a weekend. I didn't take any photos today because I had my mittens on and my hands kept getting cold. I kept my cellphone in my pocket the whole time. Wear clothes in layers and try not to sweat. I am a local and hike everyday. This is one of my favorite loops.

After two day of rain I was ready to get back on trail. It was 40 degrees, trails were muddy in a few sections and some spots were still frozen from overnight temps. I went early to beat the next batch of rain storms. Very few people in the park but I did meet up with a fellow All/Trails user and friend, ( Mark Sweadner ) whom I met last summer. Him and I talked about the All/Trails software. I am always glad to help people out when it comes to hiking these trail systems in the Patapsco Valley State Park. I basically live in the park and hiked over 400 miles last year. I created a map last year of this complete area of the park. Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com for a copy.

28 Degrees outside and it was a cool one. This hike will indeed warm you up. This loop consists of long ups and downs. It’s a boulder hop on the Saw Mill trail and quite a few rocks on the upper section mainly when you are coming down. Start your recorder and leave it in your pocket. With mittens on and hiking poles, which I truly recommend I didn’t take any pictures. Bundle up because it’s always windy up top. This is one of my favorite loops. I created a map last year of this complete area of the park. Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com for a copy.

I hiked over 400 miles last year and much of it was in the Patapsco Valley State Park. I basically live here and hike 3 to 4 days a week. The All Trails maps are great but the Googles maps falls short when it coming to trail updates. I created a map last year of this complete area of the park. Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com for a copy. It can be printed at 2 foot by 2 foot. Will spotty cell service in the area it’s good to have a backup. I read many of the comments that people state about the trails and I do understand a few of the issue but many of them can be resolved. I am glad to help. Just asked me!

I have now hiked this area many different ways and it's only getting better. As I look at other hikers recordings I see that everybody is missing the High Ridge. As you hike the stream section you have two options. One is the stone trail and the other is the sandy trail. If you stay on the sandy trail to long you may miss the best of all. Pro members need to load the OCM layer to see the additional trail. Watch for a quick switchback to go up to the top of the ridge. Don't cross the feeder stream. Stay on the left side. When you go up top simply go straight across the top of the ridge and rock hop the complete ridge top. Coming down is easy because of the switchbacks that lead you to the Switch/Plate Trail. I went early because I wanted to beat the rain.

quite muddy in some places and gps would not work at the beginning of the trail so it was a bit of guessing. but in all was a fun trail with challenges and easy spots.

26 days ago

Loved it. Great place to take photos. A little slippery owing to all the mud but it is winter!

Muddy hike on a warm winter's day. Rewarded with a partially frozen Waterfall.

Great trail. Loved the half frozen Cascade Falls. Took lots of nice pictures along the way. Look forward to going again.

1 month ago

Great temperatures over the weekend. I also finally took down my Xmas lights. I hiked up to the Bloede dam first to see the progress on the dam removal then looped back. River road trail had a lot of ice on it in spots. I then went up to the Cascade Falls. The Park was crowded due to the weather being warmer. Many people were hiking up to the Falls and the falls were frozen over. You could walk on all the ice at the Falls but the earthen trails were very muddy due to the ground thawing out.

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