Explore the most popular road biking 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.

Today the weather was great but the wind was blowing. When I got to the park there was a bike ride event going on. The staging area was at the Playground. The place was packed to the brim with bikers. Their challenge route was along the Ridge trail and looping along the Grist Mill section. Because of the event I decided to hit the highest trails in the park that were mainly foot-trails. If you want to hike the most challenge trails in the park then you need to follow this recorded track loop. It features many steep climbs, boulder scrambles, cliffs and the best views of the park. There are many hard climbs along this route but you do get breaks in between each of them. I met a lot of great people on the trail and being a senior this took me 4 hours to hike these 4 miles. It’s the Best the park has to offer. ( Be Careful and enjoy your Hike ).

just took a short trip to the overlooks today but I'll definitely be back!

2 months ago

When it comes to Hiking or Backpacking the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Avalon, Orange Grove, Hilton, Hilltop and Glen Artney areas are by far the best trail system in the whole Valley area. You can CAMP in the Hilton area at 1101 Hilton Ave. in Catonsville, Md. There are plenty of pavilions, restrooms and drink fountains in many of the sections. There are so many loops you can hike so the miles and terrain will indeed vary pending your planned trip. You can even take the kids hiking or just go to one of the two playgrounds. I have been backpacking this area since the late 60’s and have seen many changes. The biggest was in 1972, The Storm of Agnes. Can you picture the water as high as the railroad tracks? Many of the trails you see on All/Trails was created and recorded by me. I am still out here weekly. Simply view my recording for the many options to hiking this area. Email me for my custom map I created. baltoken @ yahoo.com

Well maintained, we cut up from the train bridge underpass to Bloede's Dam Overlook and really enjoyed that steep section. Lots of fun!

4 months ago

This was my only second hike since my ligament injure known as Plantar Fasciitis. It's still needs time to Heal but doesn't seem to get any better. I may need a operate after the holidays if it's a heel spur. After hiking 377 miles this year, this old senior may have done a bit to much. With my foot taped up like a football player I managed to walk a bit of this flat (boring) Grist Mill trail. With it being Thanksgiving Saturday and seasonally warm out the trails were crowded. I am hoping I can soon put my Santa suit on and be well enough to walk the trails. Ho! Ho! Ho! ( White Beard )

Nice trail. Even though part of trail is closed due to repairs, it is a very nice area with some challenging areas. Lots of people on the weekend, though. Also an abundance of bicyclists can be a distraction. Still, worthwhile to hike.

Love doing this trail! I have been twice now. Both times with a dog and once with a baby. Great trail paved and with awesome views and experiences!

on Avalon Loop Trail

7 months ago

Very nice trail for a family hike.

7 months ago

Nice place to jog

7 months ago

Beautiful paved trail that runs pararell to train tracks still in use. Very nice ruins to see, an old dam and two really fun suspension bridges to cross

First part of trail is paved, none of the trails are marked. But it is a nice hike.

8 months ago

My friend and I started our hike at the Lost Lake parking lot. We started out on Grist Mill Trail. This trail was entirely paved (which was a little boring), but along the way, we spotted little viewing spots of the Patapsco River, tunnels underneath the train tracks, and even a few little tunnel-like passages that while I wouldn't recommend going into, were fascinating to see. At the swinging bridge off of Grist Mill, we crossed onto the Cascade Trail, which was much more rugged. It crossed streams and waterfalls many times and had lots of opportunities to explore the surrounding areas. This hike was only about 5 or 6 miles long but one of my favorites so far.

Easy scenic walk with beautiful views of the river on a wide, flat, paved trail.

Very steep climb at the beginning of buzzards rock as you depart the tunnel across from pigs run. Worth it for the great view of the hopefully soon to be gone dam and the nice easy stroll from about a half mile in to parking lot. Sawmill is a great option if you want to explore the pretty little rapids on the Santee branch, and the climb is more gradual.

Pretty crowded on a Saturday afternoon, especially near the swinging bridge, but overall a lovely, fairly easy hike.

It was Well maintained and nice hike. Went with few friends had an awesome time.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Probably the best place to hike anywhere near Baltimore.

11 months ago

Great size park with trails leading off roads and walk ways, plenty of places to go and explore with great scenery!

Great trail, easy to make shorter if you use tracking and skip side loops. Love this park!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

We did most of this trail while veering off here and there so our hike totaled 4.86 miles, but it was a beautiful day and lots to see on the hike. It was perfect for a first hike this season as we get our bodies used to it again, fairly level and even but the easy long decline at the start was definitely an incline to get the heart pumping by on the way back!! ...and the pups loved it!!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Many different trails to make repeat hikes fun and exciting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great family friendly, dog friendly paved trail. Beautiful views of the park and river.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Date 1/11/2017 Great Hike and nice views of the river.

Friday, November 18, 2016

is this trail still open as of 11/17?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Excellent for bikes! Long paved trail that runs along the river. Optional side hiking trails off to the sides. Easy to make a day of it.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This was a very nice trail. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the temperatures cool. Went during weekday so wasn't too populated. When we got to the very end where the suspended bridge was we were about to turn around and walk back. There was a guy there that said there was another way if we were interested. We were. We prefer new trails instead of backtracking. We crossed the bridge and made a left and walked up the road about 100 feet. To the left, over the guard rail there is another trail. It is not maintained. It is not recommended for dogs, children, horses or after heavy rain. Rocky and rooty with several trip hazards so be careful. Some areas are steep down and up. After several hundred feet, you'll find yourself on a more maintained trail. This will be down by the dam. Keep river on your left and keep going until you see the very first suspended bridge. We crossed back over that bridge, made a right and followed the Gristmill trail back to our car. If you don't cross over the bridge and continue straight you'll be on a traveled road. We did not want to be on that road. So we just crossed the bridge and got back on the trail. Coming back that way made for a much more strenuous, experience.

on Grist Mill Trail

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Good trail for walking and biking. Great birding area. It is beautiful in all seasons. I like the Lost Pond area.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

this was a great trail. we only managed to get just under 9 miles completed. took about 4 hours, taking a 30 minute break for lunch. next time we need to start very early. will probably take close to 8-9 hours to hike the whole thing. I like the varying terrain. can't wait to finish the whole thing. bring lots of water.!

road biking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I have a question about this being good for Road Bikes? Is this really good for road bikes?

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