Buzzards Rock and Hilltop Loop

MODERATE 20 reviews
#17 of 68 trails in

Buzzards Rock and Hilltop Loop is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Patapsco Woods, Maryland that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
403 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

A great trail loop in the Patapsco Valley which features Ilchester and Buzzards Rocks, the Sawmill Waterfalls and the Bloede Dam. The trail is rated as moderate because of the rocky boulder section on the Sawmill Trail. The Sawmill and Hilltop trails have a incline or decline terrain pending your direction so it’s half up and half down. The Grist Mill section of the loop is flat which is down at the dam. HIKERS ALERT : Scheduled for the summer of 2017, this area will be under construction because of the 42- inch sewer pipe relocation and Dam removal project. Access to this trail system will be limited due to construction along the Grist Mill Trail to place the new pipe. During construction use Hilltop Rd. area and stay clear of River and Ilchester Rd. The old Paper/mill lot is one of the staging areas for Heavy Equipment. The project will last over 18 months and the Dam will be removed in 2018.

hiking
2 months ago

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 ).

hiking
2 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017