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After passing by this park for years to go hiking in parks further away, this is becoming my favorite hiking destination. It’s beautiful and there are so many trail options and possible loops to choose from! Maybe a few too many trails though. I have gotten turned around a couple times out in the woods and had to rely on the app to get back!

trail running
2 days ago

Please remove the protruding blowdown at 39.23987, -76.74987 — it is a true hazard and someone could get hurt. Otherwise, 5 stars.

Completed: 07/19/2018

trail running
2 days ago

Well marked trail. Must be part Billie goat to interact with the rock covered trail.
Beautiful and challenging I enjoyed the run. Completed the full yellow trail.

trail running
2 days ago

I started at the Dulaney Valley Rd trailhead and ran to Warren Rd, then back. As others have said, these trails are not well marked and it's tough to find where the trail continues when you get to clearings under the power lines. The portions closest to the reservoir shoreline are very overgrown. An app or GPS is a must.

But, that means you generally will have the trail to yourself. I was out mid-morning on a Sunday and saw only a handful of people.

Super great place to Hike or Bike. I grew up playing on the old Haul Rd. Wow, now I am a senior biking and hiking this area. The Haul Rd. and the main road leading in and out of the Park are both paved. The earthen trails throughout the North Point State Park are in good shape but you may need a map for a few sections. Some trails are access points to fields so don't get confused. The beach area is great to take a break or have a picnic because there are tables and fire grills. You can even fish or go swimming. ** Fishing License is required. ** There is not much shade here so wear a hat and carry plenty of water. The entire area is full of wildlife and all the trails are basically Flat. Today was a nice breezy so it was quite enjoyable. Contact me if you want a map I created : baltoken@yahoo.com

hiking
3 days ago

Not that bad of a Bike ride for this Old Senior. I was riding a single speed freewheel mountain bike I recently built. Its was a little bit of work on the uphills but I am a hiker too so I had no problem getting off the seat and walking the bike. This was the first time I looped the entire trail but I think I tracked it the hard way. I went thru the farm area last and most of that section is uphill. Most of the uphill section are short so the ride was fine. I converted my 20 year old 15 speed huffy to a road crusier. Today, I geared it at 44/20 (52.71). That helped on the uphills. The hills were the only time I had to do a bit of leg work.
Most all of the ride is in the Sun so be sure to carry plenty of water. My local hiking trails were muddy from two days of rainstorms so I came here. I rode 10.6 miles but forgot I paused the recorder at the Skypark. I think I will never use the pause feature anymore. It shorted my total miles.

hiking
3 days ago

Took the family on this hike and we enjoyed it. We never saw the cover photo, however, we were able to cross a nice stream a few times. Some of the trail were a bit overgrown and not well marked. After the field we followed the well worn footpath back to our starting point. We crossed a few hikers on there way out towards the field who said their path overgrown as well. All in all a good 3 mile hike.

This was our 1st hike in Patapsco Valley State Park and we loved it. The path from Landing road was easy to find. The waterfall was cool and offered a nice resting & refuel waypoint. After we crossed the waterfall we completed the loop which offered a few nice elevation changes. We had to follow the GPS to complete the loop, we had to back track twice to stay on the correct trail.

walking
5 days ago

Easy trails but lots of horse feces. Not very scenic

on Sweet Air Loop

trail running
6 days ago

Great location for trail running.
Many trails, they can get confusing.
Park is very well maintained. Always clean and freshly mowed. The trails do have some erosion and exposed roots. Run carefully. Lots of hills of varying elevations and some nice flat stretches.
All in all a great place for hiking, biking, running, and horseback riding.

This is a wonderful neighborhood trail. We walk our dogs on it several times a week. It’s accessible for all levels, and you’ll often spot a deer or two.

Great hike with the kids! Tons of stop off points. Front end is more entertaining than the back end. Though the back end is definitely less trafficked.

trail running
6 days ago

Ran a segment of the Avalon Loop Trail. Great trail for running, but watch out for bikers!

This segment is one of my go-to courses for training and mile repeats. 4 miles total.

Completed: 07/15/2018

Awesome trail. Lots to look at!

This is a very challenging trail system with a lot of elevation changes. - On the Elkridge County side of the Patapsco ( Howard County ) are multi trails that can be hiked in many ways. This loop could have been larger but 7 miles is enough for this old senior. There are two connector trails you can take if you wish to shorten the loop. You could also have hiked the Cascade Falls trail which is color coded ( blue ). The entire trail system is well marked and color-coded, except for Garrett's Pass but I would recommend a map as a backup. If you are biking this loop you are good to go. Bikes are not allow on the lower section directly where the falls are. You would stay on the upper Cascade and bike directly to the Ridge Trail. The only restroom and freshwater is located at the Swinging Bridge. The only other spot for water or restroom would be at the playground. You would have to go down the Water Bars or the NEW Ridge Extension trail and go to the Playground. The NEW Ridge Extension trail is right in front of the Restroom.

my favorite trail for morning stroll

very nice trail. the main trail is wide and smooth so you can walk it in tennis shoes. However the side trails can be rocky & root and you should probably have hiking boots on. Alltrails shows the TH in a bad spot with very little parking right alongside a busy road. the other end of the trail is near the dam and has a nice parking lot. in the future I will park at the other end of the trail. I consider this trail as easy not moderate...not much of an elevation change and no difficult areas.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous views all around. Great place if you want to just go for a hike on your own or take the entire family. Two big fields for dogs to run in if you want to take your dog. There was a place where you could rent a row/paddle boat if you so wished. There were a lot of people fishing and a lot more spaces for it than were being used. Overall a very versatile location. However, if you don't like running into child day camps I wouldn't recommend doing this one while school is out.

Revisited.

Completed 07/11/18

Great hike with lots of little spots for wading in the water or shallow pools for kids to play in.

Trail was beautiful. Early part was more secluded. recommend pants if you don’t like grass brushing you. We wore shorts and were fine though. When we went (summer) some of the old pond trail was not completely cleared.

The lake is beautiful and as a result can get crowded.

very nice walk and good get away!!!

Easy hike- took my 7yr old and puppy. Small but pretty waterfall and pretty walk along the creek. A lot of families, kids, bikers, runners. Felt safe. Overall very nice

Very cute easy trail that is very well maintained! Came across a handful of mountain bikers throughout the 3mile hike and plenty of people and dogs. Wasn’t as crowded as I thought it’d be (definitely not as bad as sugarloaf mountain). The falls are tiny but cute and it has 2 small pools below it that you can hang out in. The top pool is only about 3ft deep at its deepest and the bottom pool is max 2ft deep. Great spot to bring a friendly dog (my 10lb dog loved it, couldn’t bring my 30lb dog because she doesn’t do well with large numbers of nearby dogs while on leash)

Kinda hard to find. Enjoyable once you’re on.

trail running
13 days ago

Great trail! Well marked and somewhat hilly. Excited to discover this gem in my backyard

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