Liberty Dam Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Marriottsville, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.6 miElevation gain32 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverWaterfallFee
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Patapsco Valley State Park charges a fee to enter. The fee is $5 per vehicle. Parking at the trailhead is very limited and street parking is not allowed along Marriotsville Rd.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 14, 2021
HikingMuddyOff trail

We started at the McKeldin Area - Patapsco State Park and knew the trailhead was just outside the state parks main parking lot. Turned out to be 3/4 mi up the road with no sidewalks and not really a great shoulder to use either. If you have kids or dogs I would recommend driving to the trailhead and dropping off the majority of your group. You may be in luck as there are a few spots to park at the trailhead as well but they were all taken when we began this past weekend. Once at the trailhead, it is a fairly easy 3/4 mile to the Liberty Dam base where we saw many people fishing. The trail itself should be easy to traverse however multiple trees have fallen over the main trail and some are easier to hike around than others. Overall, once the largest tree is removed, strollers and dogs should be able to easily make it but currently the trail can be challenging to those less than agile.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 14, 2021
Hiking

easy hike. a bit muddy. clean area at waterfall.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 11, 2021

Easy walk, but nicely nestled in nature.

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Hiking

There’s a gate at the entrance now, so parking is now halved, but considering the littering and erosion I’ve seen over time I don’t consider this a bad thing.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 26, 2021
Hiking

Even nice walk

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 5, 2021
Hiking

nice hike. what I like about this one is you can tailor it to be a long or short as you like. we hiked a respectable 6.3 miles today. it was a good one!

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HikingGreat!

Nice easy trail

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Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMarch 29, 2021
Hiking

$125.00 for parking tickets. No thanks.

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Nature tripsClosedFeeGreat!Muddy

Parking was a little tricky because the state park parking was closed but we found the small parking lot before the shooting range and there was 1 parking place left. Trail was muddy but pretty easy. I went with the kiddos ages 6-11, sister, and 2 dogs. We had a Fantastic Time. definitely recommend

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Rock climbingMuddyRocky

A lot fun

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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Very limited parking. It’s a little muddy, and icy in some spots right now. Easy hike to the dam and back.

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Walking
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Ryan Qofa! Finest review I've ever read... Cheers

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HikingBugsClosedFee

I went on this hike with my kids yesterday and I came back to my LEGALLY parked car and I had 3 parking tickets!!! I was so upset!

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HikingBugsMuddy

I had a horrible hiking experience. I got shot at by a deer hunter it was SOOO scary!!!! Never go on this hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 9, 2021
Hiking

Short walk to and from the dam. Only 5 cars can park in the lot at a time, worth waiting since it’s short. Dam is really cool to see!

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HikingMuddy

Aside from the loud and clear gunshots near the beginning of the trail, it was pretty along the river and mixed deciduous and coniferous trees. Muddy in several spots. We went on a foggy morning so it was hard to see the dam until very close, but was very cool looking. We also extended the trail by crossing the river since it was stagnant and went up the hill to the top of the dam on some fire roads as well as old roads you probably wouldn’t find without the map. Parking is limited to 4-5 cars if parked properly and a guy said the road was closed to parking since someone got hit so go early.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarDecember 9, 2020
Hiking

Nice flat easy trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarDecember 6, 2020
Hiking

Dam wasn’t flowing today. Kind of disappointing after hiking all the way.

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Hiking

nice walk. muddy but nice

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Hiking

Really pretty. Dam was cool

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