Patapsco Elkridge Side Loop

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Patapsco Elkridge Side Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Patapsco Woods, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles
456 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





This trail is a fairly easy one. You could park at the swinging bridge or on Landing Rd. If parking at Landing Rd. then access the loop via the Morning Choice trail.There is a water fountain and restrooms at the swinging bridge. The trail features the Cascade Falls and a few small stream crossings. Plenty of shade trees on trail when hot out. You can see the whole ridge during the winter season on Valley View trail section.

12 days ago

4 months ago

Real guud.

4 months ago

Checkout the Loop I just Recorded. A great loop if you have the time. This loop I Hiked today consist of Multiple trails. Rockburn Trail is also known as The Belmont Trail which boundaries the side of the 68 acre Estate. After crossing the road, Hop The Snake Trail is a bikers paradise with ramps, roots and stream crossing. The Rockburn Branch Trail (Purple) will connect you back to the Morning Choice (Yellow) Trail which is a long one. The only confusing spot on the whole trail loop is when you get to the Old Track Loop. You have a few options but you need to mainly stay on Left turning trails because if you go Right you may end up at Cascade Falls (Blue)..

5 months ago

6 months ago

When it comes to Hiking or Backpacking the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Avalon, Orange Grove, Hilton, Hilltop and Glen Artney areas are by far the best trail system in the whole Valley area. You can CAMP in the Hilton area at 1101 Hilton Ave. in Catonsville, Md. There are plenty of pavilions, restrooms and drink fountains in many of the sections. There are so many loops you can hike so the miles and terrain will indeed vary pending your planned trip. You can even take the kids hiking or just go to one of the two playgrounds.

7 months ago

I parked on Landings Rd to access this. Somewhat limited parking at this site, but it was 32 - 36 degrees the day I went and I didn't have a problem parking. The trail is wide and well maintained. I hiked the trail this day. I started this particular loop by going counter clockwise to avoid some of the foot traffic heading to the falls. This was probably a good decision. By doing this I was able to get the hills out of the way in the beginning Be aware of all the side trails that may get you off track. The trails are blazed but it can get confusing on which route to take. I had good cell reception and used this app to navigate it. The small falls is a cool stop for lunch. It seems to be heavily visited though. Be aware of the bikes on the trail. There are lots of them, but not a huge deal. You hear them way before you see them. Biking this looks like fun. Overall this is a decent little hike worth checking out that won't cause you to drive forever to get to.