Explore the most popular Fishing 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.

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rocky
3 days ago

Huge park. Trails everywhere. Fun for the dogs.

short but steep hike going down to the river. there is a trail across the train tracks that goes up to overlook if want to add distance. not much of a view at top. BEWARE active train tracks.

First time on this trail, not bad. Water was too high on the most direct stream crossing in the beginning and was definitely not a good idea to go this way on the day I went. Signs direct you to go this way, so just make a good judgement call. I had to go a bit further to get a lower area and that took up some time. It also got a little confusing after the underpass, as there are many unmarked side trails and the trail merges to the white aren’t well marked. Made it to the second telephone line field before I had to turn back. Would like to go back and finish the rest!

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muddy
over grown
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail. Very easy. To make it a little more of a challenge look for the church off the path, you’ll get an elevation gain and more of a workout. Nice views and sounds along the running water.

just did this trail again today. Some maintenance had been done on the trail and it looks marked (by pink flags) for more. The section of trail running parallel to the train tracks has been mostly cleared of excessive vegetation, roots, and downed trees. The steep climb/ascent leading to/from the water access is now easier to walk with the inclusion of many new steps and with that one tree where you had to basically climb up the one, huge, step is now gone. Saw no trains today and the rocks along the trail we're slippery.

Parking lot is small so if going with a group try to fit into one car. trail starts down the driveway (that you can't block) right past a private residence. it is muddy at times in the beginning but mostly paved and should be marked as easy at least up to the dam. The ruins are cool and this is a great hike for little kids!

Well maintained, scenic trail. Bike, dog, and kid friendly. Would recommend for friends, family, or solo hikes. Plenty of space and trails for everyone.

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muddy
2 months ago

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off trail
2 months ago

I went with a friend and brought my dog along. although it is currently winter and the forest floor is covered in leaves. It was still a very enjoyable hike my dog had a grand old time admiring the many baby deer we came across. We only got through half the trail but we will definitely be back!

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed the trail. With most of the leaves fallen, the view of the water was lovely. I would rate this as easy though. It was mostly paved and level. Nice walk with pets or children.

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off trail
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

Really aesthetic hike. But definitely should be ranked as easy

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over grown
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

The old churches make this trail especially interesting. There was a little muddy patch near the beginning, but it’s easy to get around.

hiking
4 months ago

Started by the rapids— lots of people, thinned out by about a mile in and then almost no one. I only did a portion (5 out, 5 back) but it was beautiful and not challenging. Most of the trail is along the River (which is gorgeous) and the trail is well maintained. If you want to go off the trail the underbrush is easy as well, sometimes I went off the main trail to be closer to the water because it was so nice. There’s a $3 honor system at the parking area— bring some cash so they can get some help continuing to make this park great!!

The ease of the trail was great, not treacherous. There was a nice rock to sit on down by the river, so we could relax and listen to the river and the bubbling of the water. We wish they had more signs to point to other trails, because we noticed other trails.

hiking
4 months ago

A lovely walk along the Patapsco River that is perfect for a fall or spring afternoon outing. The scenery is pleasant. The trail is well marked and most easy to manage. However, the “trail” is better classified as an old road bed and, in my view, following it does not constitute a hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked with my dog on 9/15/19. This is an extremely easy trail to walk on. it should NOT be rated as moderate. trail varies between paved path and dirt/rocks. Really nice it runs right next to the river the whole time. can't get enough of the river sounds

hiking
5 months ago

Started out on the rapids trail and had to cut across the river by walking on a fallen tree about a mile or two down the trail. It’s a small cut out on your right that you should take. Once on the other side, the trail is well marked with white and then turns in to neon yellow and white blazes. I walked the entire trail and went to see the church ruins. Was about a 19 mile round trip. Took about 6 hours. Very long day, but a wonderful experience.

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rocky
5 months ago

Awesome trails many nice views. This was my first hiking experience. We started off on the blue trail (cant remember the names of the trail) then we went onto the white trail from there it switched to the orange trail, once again the white trail and then onto the red trail on our way back to the car. Really nice loop I decided to go by Yi-Shin’s recording. Some parts were muddy but through this way we saw the trail clearly no overgrowth or anything. We got to see a chipmunk and a snake.

hiking
5 months ago

Very pretty along the river. Fun crossing it. Be careful with the trails. We missed a turn and ended up bushwhacking. The trail is very overgrown for much of the length, at times almost completely disappearing under ground cover.

on Alberton Road Trail

hiking
6 months ago

@Kristie Villarroel, Thank you for your description of the trailhead and how it picked up behind the family home that is situated there. It was most helpful this past weekend when my son and I took his two children on an adventure. We had an amazingly beautiful day for hiking along the Patapsco River considering it is August. Some of the footpaths down to the waters edge were a little overgrown but nothing was impassible. We hiked in to the dam and back out and had a wonderful time. The grandkids were able to see a snake, some geese playing in the river, Alligator Rock, and the Pentecostal church before getting to the dam. There were also all kinds of butterflies and dragon flies and a couple little wooly caterpillars too.

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over grown
6 months ago

I could not easily find the trail head and don’t think that parts of the trail were that well marked. There are a lot of shoot off trails due to it being a highly trafficked choice. Overall I had a lot of fun and it was easy enough to follow.

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