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Best trails in Elkridge

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Looking for a great trail near Elkridge, Maryland? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Patapsco Valley State Park or Rocks State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Great Falls Park or McKeldin Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 20 moderate trails in Elkridge ranging from 1 to 8.4 miles and from 32 to 380 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Elkridge
Top trails (31)
#1 - Cascade Falls Loop Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 55 m
Note: As of September 2020, this trail has been redrawn to begin at a parking lot within the park. Hikers are still able to park at the Landing Road parking lot however be aware that if the parking lot gets full and you park on the street, you may be fined or towed.Show more
#2 - Morning Choice, Cascade Falls, Ridge, Rockburn Branch, Hop the Snake and Nacho Trail Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
#3 - Garrett's Pass Via Cascade Falls Trail Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Trail is quite a bit rocky and many roots too. This entire trail system is marked in BLUE. It features a Waterfalls and a few small stream crossing.Show more
#4 - Cascade Falls, Lewis and Clark, Old Track, Morning Choice, Valley View Trail
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Note: Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well. This trail is a fairly easy one. You could park at the swinging bridge or on Landing Rd. If parking at Landing Rd. then access the loop via the Morning Choice trail.There is a water fountain and restrooms at the swinging bridge. The trail features the Cascade Falls and a few small stream crossings. Plenty of shade trees on trail when hot out. You can see the whole ridge during the winter season on Valley View trail section.Show more
#5 - Morning Choice, Lewis and Clark, Chuck Norris, Three Sisters, Ridge Trail, Hop Snake, and Rockburn Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
#6 - Grist Mill, Vineyard, Santee Branch, Sawmill Branch Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
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.Show more
#7 - Buzzards Rock and Hilltop Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
#8 - Upper Cascade Falls Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
This upper loop of the Cascade System is one of the originals. It's rocky in many sections and there are a lot of terrain changes. You have two stream crossings with rocks in place and also a wooden footbridge. No matter which way you start the loop it's a 1-mile gradual climb up then an easy 1-mile down. You decide if you want to see the Cascade Falls first or last. The trails are blazed in BLUE and very well defined. No Overgrown areas at all. The main Cascade Falls area is heavily crowded on weekends.Show more
#9 - Avalon and Orange Grove Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
This is a great multi trail loop that could be started from three different locations. As you come down from the Ridge Trail you have the option to connect to the famous Cascade Falls. The falls section is the only area bikes are no allowed. Bikers would have to exit the Ridge Trail and go down River Road. You can park at the playground, the Lost Lake Pond or at the swinging bridge. There are restrooms at all three parking location. There is only a Spot-A-Pot by the pond but you can get freshwater at the playground or at the swinging bridge.Show more
#10 - Grist Mill and River Road Loop
Patapsco Valley State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
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