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hiking
13 days ago

My wife and I took our dog and she loved it. However, the trails weren't really clear and we didn't know where to start or where it looped. After one path be backtracked to another path that was overgrown and hard to follow at points. Ended up going back the way we came and heading home. We decided to not go back because of the conditions of the trails.

hiking
18 days ago

It was a nice trail but be warned that there is an entrance fee for the park. It's $3 for locals and $5 for out of state. You can park in the local neighborhoods but the locals don't seem to welcoming to park visitors, but most of those signs are homemade so they're really not legal. The trail does not necessarily follow the dotted line like it shows in the map. When you hit the end you can't come back on the River Road trail unless you want to walk your bike part of the way. Some of the side trails are nice too but unless your are serious mountain biker I would not do them all bike. They seem more like hiking trails. All in all it's a nice park and beautiful scenery.

This is one of the newest trails in the Avalon Section of the Patapsco Valley State Park. - This loop is ideal for kids and seniors. - It starts off with a easy up hill grade, which follows a feeder stream. - When you connect to the Capt. John Smith loop it levels off as you loop around. - The trail is fresh cut dirt and is also ideal for trail running or mountain biking. - If the weather turns bad you have the option of heading back down the old stone road which is much safer if the trails get muddy. - There is a new Capt. John Smith Exploration Marker in the location where he placed the original one back in 1608 - During his first trip exploring the Chesapeake Bay region he made it as far as the Patapsco River but went farther on during later journeys..

Went late on a Saturday morning and it wasn't as crowded as I feared. A fair number of people at the falls but otherwise just a few folks here and there.

“Turn around and go back...” See all my marked waypoints; be forewarned: if you don’t train on the Soapstone Trail frequently and know practically every intersecting trail, you’ll likely be saying this a lot, especially if it is your first time here. Make sure your phone is fully charged. I haven’t been on this trail in awhile and my view hasn’t changed much since the last time I was here (see my review from last year). I hiked two miles today using the posted recording, and said it at least four times. The trail also needs maintenance — a lot of thorny, overgrown stuff, and blowdown everywhere. I guess I need to come here more often. Anyway, happy trails! Completed: 12 June 2019

Excellent flat/easy trail along the river.

easy hike. steep beginning, but levels out after that. definitely would do it again.

Very challenging trail system with many inclines and descents. - Some sections like the Green Connector Trail is extremely rocky. - You can shorten this loop by using the first Connecting trail. - The Three Sisters trail has been renamed Morning Choice along this section. - I started up the New Ridge Extension Trail but return via the Old Water Bars. ( Ridge ). - Water Bars is always muddy.

road biking
1 month ago

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019 The New section of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN and so is ALL the rest down to the Lost Lake Pond. - All the trees in the new section are just babies so you are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - The entire trail is paved in blacktop. - If you are hiking between Ilchester Rd. and the Swinging Bridge be careful crossing the section where the bridge is washing out. - Rocks have been piled up to walk across but this spot can flood during a storm. - Flood signs are posted.

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019 The New section of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN and so is ALL the rest down to the Lost Lake Pond. - All the trees in the new section are just babies so you are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - The entire trail is paved in blacktop. - If you are hiking between Ilchester Rd. and the Swinging Bridge be careful crossing the section where the bridge is washing out. - Rocks have been piled up to walk across but this spot can flood during a storm. - Flood signs are posted.

road biking
1 month ago

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019 The New section of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN and so is ALL the rest down to the Lost Lake Pond. - All the trees in the new section are just babies so you are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - The entire trail is paved in blacktop. - If you are hiking between Ilchester Rd. and the Swinging Bridge be careful crossing the section where the bridge is washing out. - Rocks have been piled up to walk across but this spot can flood during a storm. - Flood signs are posted.

hiking
1 month ago

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019 The New section of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN and so is ALL the rest down to the Lost Lake Pond. - All the trees in the new section are just babies so you are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - The entire trail is paved in blacktop. - If you are hiking between Ilchester Rd. and the Swinging Bridge be careful crossing the section where the bridge is washing out. - Rocks have been piled up to walk across but this spot can flood during a storm. - Flood signs are posted. *** THE UPPER OLD RIVER RD. TRAIL CLOSED. ***

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019 The New section of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN and so is ALL the rest down to the Lost Lake Pond. - All the trees in the new section are just babies so you are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - The entire trail is paved in blacktop. - If you are hiking between Ilchester Rd. and the Swinging Bridge be careful crossing the section where the bridge is washing out. - Rocks have been piled up to walk across but this spot can flood during a storm. - Flood signs are posted.

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019 The New section of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN and so is ALL the rest down to the Lost Lake Pond. - All the trees in the new section are just babies so you are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - The entire trail is paved in blacktop. - If you are hiking between Ilchester Rd. and the Swinging Bridge be careful crossing the section where the bridge is washing out. - Rocks have been piled up to walk across but this spot can flood during a storm. - Flood signs are posted.

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2019 The New section of the Grist Mill Trail is OPEN and so is ALL the rest down to the Lost Lake Pond. - All the trees in the new section are just babies so you are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - The entire trail is paved in blacktop. - If you are hiking between Ilchester Rd. and the Swinging Bridge be careful crossing the section where the bridge is washing out. - Rocks have been piled up to walk across but this spot can flood during a storm. - Flood signs are posted.

hiking
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

The New Ridge Extension trail is the best way to hike up to the main connecting point. - Avoid the old Water Bars because it's always wet or muddy. - I started early to beat the thunderstorms but still got soaked from heat. - With all the heat and sweating from humid I try and hike trails with streams. - On this hike, I went down (Hop The Snake) and cool off at the stream. - There are a few mud holes on the lower end of Rockburn and Hop The Snake. - Trails are loaded with gnats flying in your face.

Nice trail as always. Not too many bikes this Sunday of memorial Day weekend, very hot though so we shortened it by cutting back along the road.

We saw about 10 hikers and 25+ mountain bikers. Nice hike.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
bridge out
rocky
1 month ago

Looping the Glen Artney area can be done in many directions and via many different trails. - This is a great section for doing larger miles because of the Grist Mill Trail being the main connection point. - This is the smaller of many loops I do on this side of the park. - Half up then half down. - Finishing the last mile on the flat paved Grist Mill and the road to the Soapstone Trail. - Only one section of trail is very rocky and that's at the tunnel. - ( Backside Of Nun's Trail. )

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