Explore the most popular Camping trails in Patapsco Valley State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

If you follow the map, you can’t go wrong! Beautiful and varied scenery on both sides of the river valley. If you follow the topo, be sure to watch the new trail that goes around the wash out in the last half mile. Stay alert for mountain bikers too, they come out of nowhere fast!

Nice cool and breezily day for once. - This was the first time the wife hiked the College Loop - We saw lots of hikers and bikers on the trails today. - Way more then normal. - The Santee Branch trail is a fairly easy one. - The College Loop is a bit rocky on one section near the maintenance building. - The Hilton Tire Park is about the half way point so we took a break there. - There is a Restroom three too.

pretty fall day for a hike. I have a chest cold so listened to my body and did alternate routes to make it shorter. because of this, I had trouble distinguishing one trail from another as the trails are sporadically marked. thank goodness for this app which kept me on route.

This trail was rewarding for me to complete, but oh so FRUSTRATING! There are very few trail head signs and if they do have them, they’re for people coming the opposite direction from me. There were two short trails that had decent blazes and the rest of the trails were practically non existent/faded. There are many places where you have to guess where the trail is. I would not have been able to complete this trail without the app. Also for the majority of the trail you won’t have cell service.... went this morning and finished around 2:15. Due to poor signage/trail markers I walked an additional 1.3 miles. Normally I wouldn’t mind but I was so fed up with this trail I just wanted it to be over with. There are pretty streams and waterfalls throughout the hike and the majority of it is in the shade. Those two things were the only benefits. Also, WATER! My camelbak has. 1.5L bladder and I brought two additional water bottles (33.8 oz each). I only have a little water left and I was trying to be conservative with it. I probably won’t do this trail again, but may come back to swim in the river.

Good hike on a clear day at 89F temperature. So, I found another decent Patapsco trail and I think I’m starting to learn key connecting points of the vastly intersecting trail system here. If you’re not careful you can get lost because the markings are spotty at best. The AllTrails app definitely helps. Over a year ago, I got lost once on a hike that should’ve only been 16-17 miles but I think I actually hiked about 22 miles. This is why I refuse to hike anything over 10 miles in Patapsco unless its a short loop hiked or ran repetitively to a distance over 10 miles. Once I figure out and know the the trails here then perhaps I’ll venture out long distance again. Let’s say that today’s hike was encouraging. Four stars. Completed: July 27, 2019

I start at the Swinging Bridge parking lot in the Orange Grove area and crossed over the bridge. Turn Left and hike up the Grist Mill Trail to the tunnel at the Sawmill and Forest Glen trail. - Hiked up the Forest Glen trail ( Right side ) then connect to the Pigs Run. - The climb up Pigs Run is very challenging due to it being ( ALL ) rocks and roots. - The Grist Mill Trail is flat and paved making this loop a easy start and finish.

UPDATE July 25, 2019 ALL trails are OPEN - In the Upper New section of the Grist Mill Trail the tree are just babies. - You are in total SUN LIGHT. - During the summer be sure to carry plenty of water to drink. - If you are hiking the Grist Mill 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 JULY 25, 2019 ( ONLY THE NUN'S RUN IS CLOSED ). - 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. ( ONLY THE NUN'S RUN IS CLOSED ).

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.

Once you get off the Grist Mill Trail (heavily populated), this route has a nice entry point through a cool tunnel with running water that opens to rocks and trees. The trail meanders along water, has a couple rocky areas, and is peaceful amongst the trees. You may find a mountain biker or two in a couple areas, but otherwise it's lightly trafficked and really puts you in nature. You'll come across butterflies and wild berries. I took a friend here and we really enjoyed this hike.

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