Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

We enjoyed this hike but would not label it hard. There were some ups and down but nothing strenuous. Like other people said, the markers are oddly placed (you get the marker before a split so we did not know to go to the left or right path). It took 2 hours to walk the loop.

Once again I have found another great way to hike the Howard County ( Elkridge side ) of the Park. I basically park at the swinging bridge because it provides you with better access to looping much of the park. I met up with a follower on All/Trail that lived in Chicago. He works for the EPA and was doing a job in Ellicott City. He hiked 3 miles of my 5 mile loop I did today with me. I shared my history of the park which he indeed enjoyed. I hike by myself all the time. I wish I could do this more often with other All/Trail members. Want Help or a special map of the area. - Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com

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its a fun trail peaceful not a lot of traffic some mountain bikers but its nice pretty trail.

14 days ago

Park opens at 9am! I got here at 6am to start my hike but gate is CLOSED! WTF

With the temperature getting hotter be sure to carry plenty of water. Hiking along a stream makes it even better. You can dip a towel in the stream to cold off. The SAWMILL is one of my favorites because it's a main connector for traveling three sections of the Patapsco. Always enjoy the boulder hopping and cascading water along the SAWMILL. You can also sit on top of the TRAIN TUNNEL when you hike the DRUGS trail. It's a steep trail so I recommend always go Down it.

Nice walk. A lot of people and bikers on the trail.

Great location and trails.

I hiked two different locations in one day. Although it was extreme hot at the other location I got a break here. Garrett's Pass and most of the Cascade Trail was shaded and there was a nice breeze. This side of the river (in the heat - 92 Degrees ) is the best shade area up to about 2PM. I hiked ALL of both trails. Garrett's Pass is 2.6 miles just one way so I took a break at the stream up by Landing Rd. and soaked my feet in the cold stream. The last half a mile of this loop was all rocks leading to the Falls. When the Falls gets crowded I hike the bypass trail right after them. The trail goes directly down to the Restrooms. It's a steep downhill run. **** I found one baby TICK on me today. **** Start spraying !! Beware of any hanging bushes that you may bush up on during your hike.

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25 days ago

The easiest section of my track today was the loop around Rochburn ( Purple ) trail. There are many big ups and downs on this trails. The Ridge trail section near the Old Connector is extremely rocky. The Three Sister's trail is truly the Morning Choice because it's brazed in (Yellow ). So is the Old Connector. As an option you could also choose to hike the View Valley ( White ) trail because it has better views of the Valley. The Ridge ( Orange ) is in the middle of the woods.

A pretty and well maintained trail with a cute little waterfall! The hike itself is fairly easy and I was able to bring my dog. I am unfortunately giving less stars due to getting lost. This trail intersects with several bike trails and the markings are very confusing. We ended up getting a little lost and did part of a bike loop. Thankfully we were able to find our way back to the original trail. Some very friendly hikers helped point us in the right direction. ☺️

Such a beautiful trail!

Solid trail. Well maintained. Took about 2 hours with frequent stops. I don't recommend going on a Sunday afternoon as it was very crowded. Too many families with little trail etiquette for my taste.

Gorgeous and mild, offering many opportunities to lengthen the hike with additional trails. I agree with other posters that way-marking could be better, but now that I've done it once I feel like I wouldn't get lost on a second go.

Great hike ! Crowded by falls with been bikes and dogs but it is a Sunday and pretty spring day! Lots of other trails to explore and rocks to boulder around on.

very nice trail overall, a little above begginer. gets pretty steep at times for novices. at two parts you have to cross little creeks walking across the rocks. a lot of people and dogs on the trail. about 2 hours out and back if you stop at the falls for 10 mins.

This weather has been un-real. Cold or Raining one day then 60's or 70's the next. If the wind didn't die down I wouldn't have left the house. The Cascade, Bike Buster and Garrett's Pass has a lot of down trees. The trails are good to go again. These trails are always well maintained. My 3-mile loop today was one long up then all down the second half. Although we got a lot of rain the day before the trails were very dry. The wind dries the trails but you need to watch for falling branches. The water was a bit deep at the stream crossings and some of the rocks you hop across at the Falls were underwater.

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!

Enjoyable moderate hike with a few hills, water crossings, one little waterfall. This was a beautiful spring day. My hike was about six miles. G Ood training hike

Moderate trail with a ton of rocks and flowing river. Very gorgeous scenery and leads right into Patapsco. A ton of other hikers and dogs.

Easy, short hike on a nice spring day. The trail was a little muddy from rain the day before but it wasn’t bad. The trail was well marked with multiple directions to take to get to the Falls.

Excellent trail, with easy access.

Beautiful day out and the park got super crowded. It was so crowded the DNR was working the gate. Bikers and Hikers where everywhere. Great to see so many people out and about. I first hiked up old River Rd. to check on the dam removing progress. On my way back I decided to climb the Bike Buster trail to short cut my way to the Falls. To avoid much of the Cascade Falls trail I took the upper trails then came back down the Cascade. This way I did have to go up and back on the crowded Falls trail.

Haven’t done the full loop yet, but the first part is very fun and runnable.

Geat trail, long enough to get the blood moving but easy enough to take you dogs as well

Great trail. Easy walk with a few rocks to navigate and a few creek crossings. Took the family and very much enjoyed it. Out and back took about 1hour, 45 minutes while taking our time for a few pictures.

hiking
3 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

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike, however the distance should be revised to 7.5 miles.

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