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Best trails in Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland

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Looking for a great trail in Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 73 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 49 moderate trails in Patapsco Valley State Park ranging from 0.7 to 16.3 miles and from 52 to 534 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Patapsco Valley State Park has seven different recreation areas and is located along the Patapsco River. It is a haven for hikers and mountain bikers, with a variety of trails available. Hours: 9am - sunset

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Map of trails in Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland
Park information
Acreage:
16,043 acres
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
9:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
9:00 am - dusk
Thursday
9:00 am - dusk
Friday
9:00 am - dusk
Saturday
9:00 am - dusk
Sunday
9:00 am - dusk
Contact
410-461-5005
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Top trails (73)
#1 - Cascade Falls Loop Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 55 m
The Cascade Falls Loop Trail begins at a parking lot within the park and there is a fee per vehicle. Hikers are able to park at the Landing Road parking lot as well, however, be aware that if the parking lot gets full, you will not be able to park on the street. This is a wonderful kid-friendly hike that features a relatively flat trail and a couple of stream crossings. The trails can become wet and muddy after a rainfall, so make sure to wait an appropriate amount of days if you want to avoid wet feet. There are beautiful views all around and make sure to take in the fresh forest air. The waterfalls are spectacular and draw a crowd on a nice day. During the winter months, the trails can become icy and it is not suggested to be as kid-friendly. This is a multi-use trail so many other users may enjoy mountain biking as well. Show more
#2 - Cascade Falls Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Do not park on Landing Road or surrounding neighborhoods. There is ticketing and towing enforced. Show more
#3 - Chevrolet Trail Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Please note this is a trail can have heavy bike traffic at times. Show more
#4 - Alberton Road Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Please note that the parking at this trailhead is limited. Trail is remnants of old Alberton Road which led to the former mill town of Daniels, MD. The Textile Mill was established in the 1800s and survived until destroyed by flooding in 1972. There are still traces of the former Mill and foundations of Mill worker houses. A little past the trail end, there is a train bridge over the Patapsco and Daniel's Dam.Show more
#5 - Morning Choice, Cascade Falls, Ridge, Rockburn Branch, Hop the Snake and Nacho Trail Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
#6 - Thru Trail (White), Lower Thru Trail and Blasphemy Climb
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Beautiful, shady trail but not well marked in all places. There are both hiker and biker trail that run along from the river to the trailhead. There are many stream crossings on rocks. The path is narrow in many spots.Show more
#7 - Mckeldin Rapids and Thru Trail (White)
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 16.3 mi • Est. 7 h 24 m
Patapsco Valley State Park Hours: 9am - Sunset A very rewarding hike, both physically and mentally as you explore the history of these ghost towns that exist inside the state park. Start your hike from the ample parking lot with picnic shelters and restrooms. The paved road ends at the rapids overlook, and continues to our stream immersion crossing. The stream crossing is an easy one, look for the horse entry point and go up a little for an easier route. Less than knee-deep water and you are on the other side--then look for the trail and resume your journey. The trail approximately follows the railroad tracks but deviates in several sections for "mud" portages up into the hills. It crosses under a freeway road with plenty of local graffiti artists known here. Continuing along to your approximate half way point (to the cemetery and ruins) you will find two markers, one is a pipeline marker, then overhead power lines. Further down the trail you will cross over a small rail bridge, with a nice tributary fishing spot, at this point you have to cross over to the other side of the tracks and look for the trail. Pass the old car graveyard with a nice selection of very old cars. The next landmark is the dam--with a lot of artifacts in this area. Go under the rail bridge (active rail) and continue on. The rail crosses to Daniels which has an active manufacturing company located there. This is also another entry point for the hike. Past the rail bridge, you will see an old car on the left (60's blue) far off in the distance, and a Presbyterian church ruins (which is newer construction). Continuing past the church ruins, you will encounter a better road trail, and look for the trail on the left going up the hill. Continuing up this side trail look for the netted rocks which is the entry point for the St. Stanislaus Kotska Catholic Church location. The church has a small cemetery right next to it. Please do not disturb the stones as this is state protected property and is within the state park boundary. You will see the dates on the stones from 1920-1930's. St. Stanislaus Church was founded in 1879, and this stone building was erected shortly afterward. The church's priest used to skate down the river from Woodstock when the river was frozen during the winter months. The stone structure was struck by lightning in the 1920s, and a wooden structure was built nearby and used until the town of Daniels was bulldozed in the late 1960s. The two ghost towns here are named Alberton/Daniels mill town.Show more
#8 - Old Main Line and Daniels Loop Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h
In addition to the hiking trails, there are plenty of opportunities for kayaking in the area.Show more
#9 - Garrett's Pass Via Cascade Falls Trail Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Trail is quite a bit rocky and many roots too. This entire trail system is marked in BLUE. It features a Waterfalls and a few small stream crossing.Show more
#10 - Rocky Rapids Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
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