Bull Run and Bike Jumper Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glenartney, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

The Upper Glen Artney Area consists of multiple trails which include Soapstone (PURPLE), Bull Run (ORANGE), Bike Jumper (YELLOW), Vineyard Spring (RED) and the Santee (WHITE). The Santee trail is considered as the Thru-Trail but truly doesn’t run the entire length of the Patapsco Valley State Park. One day it will be much like the White Blaze on the AT. The most challenging parts of this trail system are the Bike Jumper and the Bull Run. The Bull Run does have a few switchbacks but only on one side of its loop. There are two feeder stream crossings but they are very manageable. It's not a very large loop and has short mileage but you will get a good workout. You can shorten this hike by using the inside loop of the Bull Run Trail. Restrooms and Water fountain are located near the starting point by the Soapstone trailhead inside the Park..

hiking
7 months ago

Now that it's getting hot out the park is becoming super crowded. During the summer months, if you don't get there by 10 in the morning you may not be able to park inside the main area. You will need to park up on S. Rolling Rd. and hike down the Soapstone Trail. It got to 80 degrees today and with no leaves on the trees it was super hot out. Remember to carry plenty of water. Although this is one of my short trails it will indeed give you a workout. Many ups and downs. They placed Spot-A-Pots at the Soapstone trailhead but the water fountain is working. I never recommend this area of trails when its raining. These trails get very muddy and being steep could be a problem for some people. I wish I could have hiked more but the heat and steep hills drained this old senior. Happy Hiking !!