Looking for a great trail in Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 79 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 56 moderate trails in Patapsco Valley State Park ranging from 0.7 to 20 miles and from 32 to 534 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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bird watching

river

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wild flowers

waterfall

fishing

horseback riding

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historic site

Patapsco Valley State Park encapsulates 32 miles of the Patapsco River, and more than 16,000 acres of protected land with eight developed recreational areas in Frederick and Carroll counties. Extremely popular with mountain bikers and hikers, Patapsco State Park's Recreational opportunities include 190 miles of hiking trails, fishing, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking, as well as picnicking and camping for individuals or large groups.

hiking
17 hours ago

We have a 18 month old who is still learning to walk in a straight line. This was a nice hike to take him on. He threw sticks into the pond.

Hiked this trail on Feb 3 2019 and it was a beautiful experience. Definitely wear waterproof hiking boots this time of year: it is slushy and muddy, you will go through some streams, and be stone- stepping over water. There is a public restroom along the trail which was great.

This trail has some serious drainage problems for the first quarter mile. The trail is incredibly muddy and,as a result, trail widening is occurring as hikers try to avoid mini ponds on the main trail.

As others have mentioned, you never really escape the city sounds along your hike; not even the Patapsco river can drown out the sounds of route 40 and I-70.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
washed out
3 days ago

This is a moderate to highly trafficked trail. This is exacerbated by the fact other trails are currently closed nearby. Parts of the trail are gravel, including large gravel that this not great to walk on. At this time, it is quite muddy through portions. There are large changes in elevation as well as parts where it is best to walk on rocks along or through the stream. There are a couple portions that are difficult to follow.

Wonderful morning hike with friends for Claire’s bday (Gerry, Nakai, Claire, Maggie, Bryan)

walking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
6 days ago

T'was a crappy day. Hiked this one a couple months back. I got lost a couple of times. One too many blowdowns of trees. Very muddy. I slipped and took a couple of diggers. 2 stars just because it was a crappy day weather-wise. I may do it again when it dries up.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
bridge out
closed
muddy
10 days ago

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

Trail is extremely poorly marked at times.

Although it was super warm out the trails got muddy fast. - Areas in the shade were still icy. - Not a good day to be on the trails. - Be smart and wear hiking boots or something with good tread. - I also always carry spike trekking pole. - The tunnel area near the pond is closed to traffic so you will need to hike up to the trail/heads. The entire inside of the tunnel was ice. - All trails have been frozen in the morning for the past few weeks but the hot sun is now drawing the water up to the surface. - Enjoy the trails but Be Careful this time of year !!! -

hiking
snow
18 days ago

** CLOSURES 1/28/2019 **: The entire Soapstone Trail system (Inner and Outer) is OPEN. - At this time the entire Grist Mill Trail is still CLOSED. - Only the upper end of the Vineyard Springs Trail is OPEN. - You can hike on the fire road to access the foot-trail (Only) and head down to the Vineyard Trail. Then you can hike up the trail to the upper fire road connector. The lower section heading towards the Grist Mill is blocked off. ** The Vineyard Springs foot-trail is rocky and very steep on end heading down. ** Never do this in the rain. **

The Grist Mill trail is scheduled to re-open upon completion of the dam removal which is now gone and the re-construction of the two foot bridges. ( Spring or Summer of 2019 ).

23 days ago

Beautiful trail in Fall running beside winding river. A few "mind the gap" spots when crossing stream. Easy walk for Seniors. Interesting rock formation(s) along trail fantastic view of falls when you reach destination.

not well marked in places

hiking
26 days ago

It was cold out but no wind. - The sun was out and the park was quite crowded with many people on the trails with their dogs. - We started at the NEW trail (Ridge Extension) across the road from the Playground parking lot. - The trail takes you up to a main connection. - We continued on the Ridge trail and connected to the Valley View trail. - Both trails head the same direction but the views are better on Valley View because you are on the edge of the ridge. - Ridge trail only goes over the top. - We hiked the Ridge trail up to the old shelter bench then headed back via the parks River road.

The best time to park on the side of Landing Rd. is always easier in the winter. - I first planed to only hike up to the Old Track Loop which would have been only 2.8 miles. I ended up hiking part of the Ridge Trail which totaled out at 4.4 miles - It was cold but the wind was bearable. - The rain didn't hurt the trail because the ground is still frozen.

hiking
29 days ago

Today was a nice day to be in the park. - A small south breeze made it feel quite warm out. - Much of the Falls area is covered in ice and was really beautiful. - You need to keep a eye on the temperatures because last February they were frozen solid. - The trails are hard as a rock so you have no mud to deal with. - I do recommend hiking poles because of a few icy spots. - As you head up the old River road trail you get to see where they removed the Bloede Dam. - They are now restoring the Grist Mill Trail on the opposite side of the river. Old River road trail is icy in many spots.

With the construction of the new service road the trail along the river is generally muddy. - Now that the ground is frozen it's a better time of year. - As you hike up along the river go pass the first left trail and take the second one up the mountain. - As you go up to the top always be quiet. - I see lots of deer here every time I come. - The views are great on top of the rocky ridge along the Backside of Daniel. - The boulder hop is cool at the very top.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Muddy but nice. trail can be slightly hard to follow at points.

After a day of rain and warmer temperature the snow had disappeared. - I continue to basically hike in the same area but I do hike this side of the park in many different ways. - The restroom by the swinging bridge and down at the playground are the only two open. - For the past few days the road up to the Glen Artney side has been closed due to ice on the road at the tunnel. - If you hike the Baltimore County side you need to park near the pond and hike up to Soapstone side. The restroom is closed by the Soapstone Trail-head. - You may want to park up on S. Rolling Rd.

Beautiful winter hike. We hiked early Saturday, just before the snow fell. It wasn’t too cold. It was a little muddy in some places but most of the mud froze over, so it made it easier to pass through. The trail isn’t marked very well when you get to the middle. But overall, it was a blast! Definitely recommend.

Decent winter hike.

It was quite a nice day out. - Cold but no wind blowing. - Quite a few people on the trails. - With the Grist Mill trail still being Closed I have mainly been HIKING the Howard County side of the park. - The only problem for me is that there is only a few entry points on this side. - I either go up and start by the Swinging Bridge or I start at the New Ridge trail extension. - The Valley View trail is super nice this time of year because you can now see the Valley as you go up. - The Ridge trail is straight over the top but the Valley View raps around the outer edge of some rocky outcroppings..

Beautiful trail, even on a muddy winter day, with several pretty features like a river, waterfall, and winding paths with some light scrabbling over streams.

The Dam is completely gone and they are grading the hill to be able to complete the Grist Mill Trail. - I spoke with the State Park Supervisor regarding the Grist Mill Trail. - He informed me that when the construction crew finished up top where the dam was then work will start on the sections down below. The only damage below in the Memorial Day storm was two Foot Bridges and the parking lot at the Pond. I will keep you up to date regarding this matter. - This is basically why I have been hiking one side of the park more then the other. - The Grist Mill is the main connector to the entire Baltimore County side of the Avalon, Orange Grove, Hilton, Glen Artney and Hilltop trails.

FYI went to go try this trail out 1/5 and the trail was closed

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