Soapstone Trail

MODERATE 122 reviews

Soapstone Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Catonsville, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
331 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running





wild flowers




over grown


washed out

Directions from Baltimore, MD: Travel Interstate 695 to U.S. Highway 40 / West Frederick Road exit. Proceed 2 miles. Turn left on South Rolling Road. Proceed just past the I-195 Park and Ride and park on the right side of the road. Trailhead is located just to the right of the wide section of the shoulder. Chances are cars will already be parked there.

2 months ago

not bad. was a bit boring for the kids

3 months ago

Not a bad trail.

4 months ago

There are many New Alternates trails along the Soapstone. The DNR was building a New bridge on one section. There is Now a completed New trail you can hike instead of the Overgrown. I use the New trail to go over to the Bull Run. The old Overgrown Trail is shorter and easier but the New trail is longer. The Old Overgrown will lead you to the top of the Bull Run but the New Trail leads you to the bottom side were you can just take the switchback to go down to the parking lot at the Soapstone trail-head. The New Overgrown trail is not marked or on any maps. The OCM map does have the right-side alternates of the Soapstone.

4 months ago

Neat, easy little build-your-own-hike area. The old ghost town remnants are especially cool, as is the bridge area. Moderately crowded.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Loved it for biking. I took a 5 and 7 year old on their bikes and it was a bit too challenging for them yet, however I enjoyed it immensely on the mountain bike. For hiking it's great for kids.

6 months ago

This is a moderate trail with hard aspects. Following the tracks of the course, I found it to be not well marked. I prefer moderates and hards that are well marked because they become extensively harder by trying to stay on course when they are not well marked. Such is the case of this trail. Patapsco State Park is considerably large with many cross linking trails, and some are much better marked than others. The upside is that this course is less than three miles long. Going 7 miles or longer on a poorly marked trail can be taxing when there are cross links. This course is runnable, but I suggest walking or hiking first to learn the proper turns. It was a good outing, but bothersome in having to stop, reverse, or go back to stay on course. 3.5 Stars

8 months ago

This one was a workout! Definitely a "moderate" rated hike, not really a stroll through the woods. Lots of up and downs, rooted trails, cross creeks, and variations of terrain. On this Thursday I passed maybe six or seven folks throughout the whole loop during the four o'clock hour. Trails were a bit muddy in spots, two days after a rain. Sneakers were not the correct shoes to navigate through the mud; I was slipping quite a bit out there. I had to constantly watch the map on my phone, as the trail markings were not obvious in some spots. There were a lot of intersections that were not marked, so you either had to guess and backtrack, or check the map on the phone. Keep this in mind on your journey. The falls pictured on this trail's description are not seen on this loop, not sure where they are in this park.

8 months ago

A few parts of this loop were closed and/or overgrown. Several crossings are not well marked so we ended up doing a lot of backtracking. Ran into a few other hikers with the same problem. Would be a 4 star hike with better trail maintenance.

10 months ago

This was an ok trail just to start out with. Not a ton of great views. (your walking down into a valley). Tons of people with pets and bikers.

11 months ago

Great terrain changes.Fun hike.

Monday, September 19, 2016

so peaceful

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Well maintained trail, good markings.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Absolutely loved this trail! Be sure to pick up a map though, as I got stuck in the bull run trail for a bit as it stems off of the soapstone trail. I parked at the end of I95 and it worked out nicely.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nice walk but the trail markings are sub par at best and some areas are very over grown with vegetation. We also found ourselves having to take game trails to get back to the main trail.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

There were several creeks in which I saw fish, crayfish and a frog. The trails are good, not too intense and not too easy. I liked the scenery. It seems like a good place to bike. It's definitely one of the best trails near where I live. Will go back to explore the other trails that I haven't explored yet.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Great short trail. I wouldn't rate it as moderate.

Monday, July 04, 2016

It was a real challenge navigating for the first time. I lost the trail a few times and had to backtrack a lot. Otherwise, the views were spectacular and the traffic was very light (started hiking at 8:45 am). Those inclines are no joke, and are all over the loop. If you're looking for an easy and even path, this is not the trail for you. I loved the challenge and the scenery was very rewarding. Will be visiting again.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lots of inclines for a good workout!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

It was fun! Got to see a lot and enjoyed the serenity. It was a bit difficult finding the trail (I came in from Eddie's Welding shop/the area below the waterfall.) but once I did, I enjoyed myself. Stay hydrated and if crossing the stream, know that the rocks are very slippery.

Monday, April 18, 2016

It's a nice path. You cross streams a lot. The second part does past the parking lot and that hill is quite challenging but worth it.

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