Grist Mill, Vineyard, Santee Branch, Sawmill Branch Loop [CLOSED] is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Patapsco Woods, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
462 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE: All trails leading to the Grist Mill trail are still CLOSED. The Bloede Dam is almost totally gone. You can walk on the Swinging Bridge but it now has a wooden door. No crossing over. This loop is indeed an enjoyable one. Not many people walk the Santee trail. Park your car in the Hilton Area or at the Swinging Bridge in the Orange Grove area. There are restrooms and water fountains at both locations. You can even Camp overnight in the Hilton area but you have to pay. The Grist Mill trail is a fairly flat Blacktop trail that runs along the river. The Sawmill Trail (RED) has an up or down terrain pending your direction and features a stone tunnel you walk through, small very manageable stream crossing but there is one section that is a bit rocky. You have to walk on the boulders due to a down tree. You can still see the edge of the original trail. The Santee Trail (WHITE) crossing the whole top. It changes to (ORANGE) then back to (WHITE) because of the Charcoal Trail that runs around the campground. If you are hiking the Santee Trail from the Hilton Area to the Vineyard Trail just make all rights that are marked (WHITE). A long hike on the Santee but it is an easy one. The Vineyard trail (RED) is at a big intersection of trails and is well marked.(at the Fire Road). The Vineyard trail has an up or down terrain pending your direction. Please Note: If you need to shorten this trek you can break off the Santee and get onto the Backside Of Nun's. (Nunnery Trail) connects Santee to Grist Mill Trail.

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22 days ago

TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE:
Officially the Grist Mill trail are still CLOSED. Some trails head down to it are legally Out and Back trails for now. The Bloede Dam is almost totally gone. You can walk on the Swinging Bridge but it now has a wooden door. No crossing over from one side to the Grist Mill trail on the other.

I have just completed creating a map of the OPEN trails on the Baltimore County side of the park. Red will indicate what is OPEN. Request a map: baltoken@yahoo.com

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5 months ago

This was a beautiful park!

5 months ago

Ok. Very crowded. Tons of kids and bikers. Trails are pretty narrow so you literally have to move to let people pass — pretty enough but far too many people. There are most definitely not enough signs.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

great trail, somewhat muddy in a few spots, this is a well used trail, with a few people going all the way around, with most people sticking close to the parking area, this trail took me just 2:30 hours with my wife my son and my dog. easy enough to walk and very pleasant.
I will be back in the spring time,

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