Patapsco Sawmill Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Patapsco Sawmill Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Patapsco Woods, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

2.0 miles
160 feet

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The Sawmill Trail (RED) has an up or down terrain pending your direction and features a stone tunnel you walk through if you start at the Swinging Bridge and walk up from the Grist Mill trail, there is a stream crossing at the very top of the trail where this main section ended. Beware of rainy conditions because you may NOT be able to cross safely. The trail is a Foot Trail ONLY due to being narrow and on the side of the mountain. There are roots, rocks, down trees and boulders to climb over. Tricky trail when wet and muddy. At the top of this section you can turn left and connect to the Sawmill Branch, which will take you to the HILLTOP area. If you cross the stream and go right you connect to the Santee Trail (White), which takes you up to the HILTON area. Note: Great section for TRAINING. Much like the AT. Trail.

11 days ago

Fall hike on the trail but the weather was in the 60's. And to think, Xmas is only a month away. For a weekdays, the trails are generally empty but with mild temperatures I am seeing many people on the trails. As I was going up the Sawmill Branch Trail about 12 school kids were going down to the stream. They all were having a great time. I am still dealing with foot pain but managed to hike 3.5 miles today. If you hike my last recording it takes you above the Bloede Dam project. 7 Acres of trees are gone. You can basically now see the whole valley now that the leaves are off the trees. Note: With the leaves gone it's a lot more windy up top but the sun is also a lot warms. It was cold down in the valley and that was the only time I had a sweatshirt on.

8 months ago

If you are interested in viewing Bloedes Dam from the HIGHEST (Viewpoint) in the park I recommend using the Main Sawmill trail (Red). It’s much safer then going straight up the rocky cliff trail, which starts at the top of the log steps. At the end of the main Sawmill trail is the stream. Don’t cross the stream!! The Sawmill Branch trail is a sharp left up at that point. When you get to the very top you will then see a split trail and one is stone based. If you follow the stone trail it will take you to the Top of the Rocky Cliffs.
If you didn’t take the stone trail you would end up at the Top of the Hilltop Area. If you want to complete the Loop then follow the Hilltop Trail down to the Dam.