Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

Hiked this trail with my brother two summers ago. Aside from choosing an unbearably humid day, the hike was enjoyable and not too taxing. We're planning to use this section for a point to point hike from Mckeldin in to Ellicott City.

1 month ago

This trail is nice mix of riverside flat and moderate uphill through the woods. Lots of visual surprises along the way. The trail is shared by bike riders, horse riders, and hikers. Everyone was super friendly. Was the least busy trail I’ve ever been on in the park.

Nice hike. Not too challenging. Some nice views of the river. Distance is more like 6.75 if you park in the lot by the Woodstock Inn.

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

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

Flat hike not difficult. Beautiful scenery in the fall. Parking terrible on the weekend. Go during a weekday.

Awesome trail.

The parking here for one is a joke. So much trail and acreage here I'm astounded there's not more space available for parking. Is there a secret parking lot?? Anyway, there's no markers whatsoever for Mcdaniels which is fine if you're using the app and most of the trail is just along the river anyway. Some of the little loops weren't obviously marked. We literally had to stand looking at the map on the app walking step by step and look down to see where the trail picked up. Sort of odd. The trail is nice. It's quiet here.

nice hike... a lot of up hill.

The trailhead has almost no parking nearby. There are "no parking" signs in the entire area. Additionally, be careful on this trail as it is a designated hunting area.

8 months ago

(Outing performed August 6, 2017; late review, see recorded track).

I actually hiked about 22 miles due to getting lost on a poorly marked trail. In the beginning the trail is well marked, but the farther you go on this 16-17 miler out n' back the less well marked it is. What happened was my GPS/smartphone's battery died out at about mile 13 -- lesson learned for me -- at a point where the trail was not well marked. With half dozen designated and undesignated intersecting trails at this point it was not good. I ended up hiking 3-4 miles the wrong way due to confusing tree markings and had to come back. Ran out of water when severe chaffing came on, and I was approaching dusk -- when the park closes. Ended up exiting not at the point I began, but about 1/2 mile removed. Lesson learned for me: hiking or trail running, any course over 12 miles on hard terrain requires a backup phone or charger, flashlight, mini first aid kit, and marking tape in case a poorly marked segment on a confusing course is encountered. When I started out, parking area was moderately full, when I finally got back, my vehicle was the only one there. Without question this was a challenging 16-mile course with stream crossings, but the poor markings almost made it a nightmare, making it a 3-star course, although I may do this trail again with better preparedness.

Great trail for the area!

11 months ago

wooded trail along with river
several good spot to take a break during walking

mountain biking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Super fast and rocky but overall very fun

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Be sure to allow at least 8 hours. Parking near Woodstock Rd is suggested to save time.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Great trail, beautiful river. Can't wait to go back to do some more exploring!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

Is this the same trail that you can park on Alberton and Daniel road. Then, keep walking past the church ruins and the Daniels Dam eventually taking you to the McKeldon area?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Not a loop more of an out and back.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Love this trail. Awesome scenery

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Nice series of trails, especially the rapids trail. Could use a bit more signage, but it's not hard to find your way around. Would definitely go back!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

awesome trail. a bit confusing, but if you follow the white markers all the way , you'll be perfect. really beautiful. good workout!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fun ruins.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Very poorly marked could not follow this route. Had to mix the trails into one long one. Did not get to see any of the ruins or history. Very bummed.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We had a great time in the McKeldin area. The McKeldin rapids area is great.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

5 stars for terrific ruins and history!

mountain biking
23 days ago

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