Rockburn, Pain Cave, Iskills, and Nu Trail Loop

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Rockburn, Pain Cave, Iskills, and Nu Trail Loop is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elkridge, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles
229 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



washed out

Super easy grade to the entire area on this side of Landing Rd. This looping trail system basically circles around the Rockburn Branch Sports Complex. All trails are wide earthen dirt and sand mix with a few roots. The area can be a bit tricky because of the trail markings. They don't looked to drain very well so I don't recommend hiking this area anytime after a rain storm. Wait a few days because the trail stay muddy for days and many sections are washed out like trenches. If you are a mountain bikers there is a very nice Skills Course with large dirt mounds. Parking options are the pull-off on Landing Rd. but that spot is quite small so a better option would be to drive into the sports complex. Across the other side of Landing Rd. is access to the main section of the Patapsco Valley State Park with many more great trails. Plan ahead and work out a route. With all the connecting trails you can plan your mileage.

1 month ago

Some of section I did today was park road and not in the shade. Basically half of my hike is the Frisbee Golf course and trail system. The Long Cut trail through the woods is not marked, very confusing without All/Trail up and running. Only two small sections of the Jelly Bean trail was muddy. All other trails are dry.
Some trail have high grass so be sure to spray for ticks before you go.

1 month ago

Today, This Park was my only option near me due to the Patapsco Valley State Park ( Avalon section ) being closed due to all the flooding. - All of the trails in the Patapsco from Washington Blvd. to Ilchester Rd. and from S. Rolling Rd. to Landing Rd. are CLOSED. - All entry points to trailheads are rope off. - If a Ranger is there they with not yet you park. - You need to drive into Rockburn Park and just follow the road to the end, which is a good place to start a loop. - With all the rain, many trails are very muddy in sections. - Pain Cave by the Twisties is the worse. - Most all of the Nu Trail was dry except for one spot near the blacktop road. - What a couple of weeks! Rain, Rain, Rain, Cut Grass then Rain again. " Hike in mud or cutting wet grass". No differents. GO HIKING. ( BEWARE ) - I found one tick on my pack. - I sprayed it with Permethrin when I got home. - Good to go for a few weeks now.