Glen Artney Large Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Glen Artney Large Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Catonsville, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.3 miles
695 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



This large loop consist of many named trails that are well defined and marked. The upper main long trail is the Santee and is marked in (White). It is considered as the thru-trail. In the Glen Artney section you can stop and take a break in the Hilton Area of the park. From the Hilton area there are a few trails that will lead you down to the river and onto the paved Grist Mill trail. (Santee - Forest Glen or Pigs Run). You have four options for parking. (Soapstone Trail head - Hilton Area Park - Swinging Bridge - Lost Pond). You also have restrooms at each location. You have access to drinking water at three of these areas. The only trail that you may want trekking poles would be the Pigs Run or Forest Glen. These two trail have sections that are very rocky but manageable. One mile of this loop is a paved trail that runs parallels to the river. The busiest trail of all is the Grist Mill trail but that is mainly on weekends.

5 months ago

Hiking weather is here. The temps are in the 70's. No more sweating. The trails are a lot less crowded now that the kids have gone back to school. As a senior, with cooler weather I am able to hike longer miles. The trails in the Patapsco Valley State Park are very well maintained and marked. I am a daily hiker and you can find me on the trails at least 3 days a week. The Baltimore County side of the park provides more options for hiking then the Howard County side. Trail in the Glen Artney section are the most challenging due to higher terrain. Forest Glen and Pigs Run are super rocky but the thur-trail ( Santee ) is like a 4 mile walk in the park. The flat paved Grist Mill trail is on this side also so no matter what trail you start on you end up on something easy after a long day of hiking.

3 months ago