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

28 Degrees outside and it was a cool one. This hike will indeed warm you up. This loop consists of long ups and downs. It’s a boulder hop on the Saw Mill trail and quite a few rocks on the upper section mainly when you are coming down. Start your recorder and leave it in your pocket. With mittens on and hiking poles, which I truly recommend I didn’t take any pictures. Bundle up because it’s always windy up top. This is one of my favorite loops. I created a map last year of this complete area of the park. Message me at for a copy.

2 months ago

After staying off the trails for 15 days I needed to get back in the saddle. After suffering for weeks from Planter Fasciitis I am doing much better. Christmas is only a week away and the weather is in the high 50's. Totally unreal after receiving these little snow shower last week. Some sections of the stream was starting to freeze. Great hiking weather and very few people are on the trails now. With basically all the leaves gone from the trees you can now see the whole valley. This was a great loop to be able to see the Dam Removal Project. Up at Ilchester Rocks is a great view and you are above it all.