Patapsco Valley State Park Loop

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Patapsco Valley State Park Loop is a 4.8 mile lightly 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
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
570 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

ECLIPSE HIKE - The last 1/2 mile of my hike was on the paved Grist Mill Trail. As the sun passes through the leaves on the trees it created mini Eclipse shadows which turned out to be a prefect ending to a wonderful day. Pictures are posted.
Trails were a bit muddy due to all the evening storms day after day. Many down trees on the trails, even on the drive up River Rd. to the swinging bridge. All stream crossings were manageable. The Sawmill trail was in the worse shape compared to the Santee, Charcoal or the Vineyard trail. Two restrooms and water fountains along the route. I took a break for lunch up at the Hilton Area to wait for the Eclipse to start. I had my headlamp and wanted to be on the trail as it got dark. It got pretty dark in the woods because of all the leaves on the trees this time of year and it felt like a very late evening hike. When I got out of the woods and on the Grist Mill Trail I SAW THE LIGHT.

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hiking
8 months ago

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,

hiking
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