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One of the most enjoyable features of the Orange Grove, Glen Artney and Avalon section of the Patapsco is the many ways you can hike the trails here. You simply decide where you wish to park then work your loop from there. No need to just hike a boring out and back trail. There are so many connectors that you have the ability to hike a long track or cut it short if you are pressed for time. I am a local and hike here weekly. Within this one area you can hike one mile or seven and loop back from where you started by simply using the Grist Mill trail if needed too. The older soapstone can get muddy at times but on big deal. If you need a custom map of this area contact me: baltoken@yahoo.com It was windy and cold today but I love it. Sure beats sitting around the house all day. ( Seniors )

3 days ago

nice trail. really enjoyed our day. we didn't see anyone else on the trail. great views. lots of great pictures espcially along the creek. we will do again.

Nice trails, interesting near the river. Look for the Narnia tree.

Great hike in the morning. Lots of Spring birds including Bluebirds and Woodpeckers. Crowded after 10, like a bus dropped off 100 people! Parking up and down the road got full!

Nice trail, unfortunately the red trail part was closed.

simple trail to get fresh air before spring arrives.

Beautiful day out and the park got super crowded. It was so crowded the DNR was working the gate. Bikers and Hikers where everywhere. Great to see so many people out and about. I first hiked up old River Rd. to check on the dam removing progress. On my way back I decided to climb the Bike Buster trail to short cut my way to the Falls. To avoid much of the Cascade Falls trail I took the upper trails then came back down the Cascade. This way I did have to go up and back on the crowded Falls trail.

6 days ago

This is a nice trail for hiking. Not much elevation, so it’s more of a nature walk, but still very good peasant. About half of it is a gravel path and the other half is a dirt path going through the woods which was much more pleasant to walk. The gravel path runs parallel to a creek which is nice to sit by and relax. Some horse poop and muddy spots were found along the way in the walking path, so watch your step. There is a portopotty at the far end of the loop near the Kingsley Schoolhouse which I didn’t use, but good to know its there I suppose. Would definitely do this trail again if I’m looking for a light walk.

Great Saturday morning hike. I wouldn’t call the loop a hard hike, maybe a medium hike.

Great walk a few stream crossings
Looking forward to coming back once grass is greener

6 days ago

Definitely would not classify this as a moderate trail; it's almost completely flat. Was really peaceful once you get off the Lone Wolf Trail which is paved and runs along a bunch of houses. The trail is well maintain and takes you through some pretty marshlands and a field perfect for checking out wildlife. Would like to go back once spring arrives and everything is in bloom. Not entirely sure where to park for this trail. There's a sign in the parking lot saying for residents only but we rolled the dice and were fine.

6 days ago

This is part of a residential neighborhood and is an easy trail for the residents. Parking lot said private parking for residents only violators will be towed. I’m sure it’s a lovely trail for the residents.

I have hiked this trail quite a few times. There are a few steep hills but overall it’s a great hike!

on Green Ash Trail

7 days ago

Nice trail....very enjoyable.

Really easy Hike! I was looking for a quick hike to take my dogs on today to let them blow some energy and this was perfect for it! Trails are easy to follow. Loved that there was water so my Aussie could swim!

Not a tough hike, but it's different than most hikes in MD that I've done. The terrain changes at several different parts of the trail, which is a nice change of scenery on a decently long hike! Really beautiful and bonus - there's a little history here, so if you have time it's worth stopping to read the signs and check out the sights for a little MD history!

Beautiful little trail with nobody else there. Lots of birds and a little North by Northwestish in that there was a biplane circling overhead.

Views weren’t great. the waterfall was nice, but wasn’t part of the extended loop

Hiked to Black Rock last weekend. Trail was clearly marked, no issues navigating. The first mile is a bear, but after that it's smooth sailing. A lot of foot traffic. Saw maybe 40-50 people between the parking lot and Annapolis Rock and only saw maybe 5-6 people between Annapolis Rock and Black Rock. Worth it to go to Black Rock. Equal views to Annapolis Rock even if the rock itself isn't as picturesque and as a bonus I had the whole place to myself.

Will definitely go again, just need to go on off peak hours.

Note: Annapolis Rock has a privy if ya need to go.

The falls were a disappointment, and it was difficult to get a good view anyway because there were railings preventing you from getting close.

My kids loved this trail. There are actually two trails a yellow which travels around the park and a blue trail that follows the stream. The dogs we ran into were leashed which was really nice since so many places we go they aren't. We did lose the blue trail and ended up on the yellow which was fine. There are tons of rocks for the kids to jump on and a couple of crossing on the stream which weren't hard to cross, so no one's feet got wet. Overall a nice place in the middle of town which you forget about when you get on the trail.

10 days ago

I wouldn't rate this as rugged or strenuous. The walking surface, although muddy in places, is actually pleasant compared to other trails I've been on. The terrain is rolling with any steep sections being short bursts. The most difficult part of this hike was crossing the streams on a chilly March day. I would suggest extra socks and shoes for the crossings unless you're on a bike or horse.

The wife and I enjoy this place very much so. We walked the complete outside Perimeter. It's all paved in blacktop and easy on the feet. No hills and that's great if you are deal with IT band issues. With the trees being so bare we saw a few deer. The wife was so busy talking they heard us coming and ran. When I come here by myself I have nearly tripped over the deer. They never even run away. We saw squirrels running around the whole time. It was very breezy out and a bit colder on the waterfront.

I want to do this hike with my friend, but we will need 2 cars. One at each end because we plan on doing the whole hike one way. Where do you park at on the southern end?

Great trail to see pileated woodpeckers and eastern blue birds. Trail connects North Potomac at highway 28 with the Potomac River at Pennyfield lock on the C&O tow path. Mostly green space, with no major road crossings. Few hikers, bikers and horses all share this greatly enjoyable trail.

I parked at the park headquarters, and instead of doing the whole loop (that would take you along the road for a while) I went to chimney rock then wolf rock and then turned around back to the car. The rocks are so fun to climb on and the views are awesome! Wouldn't rate it as challenging, lots of kids and dogs on this trail.

12 days ago

Great hike. Started off on the purple trial and then completed the white trail. Broke my ankle at the end but would definitely hike it again.

13 days ago

I enjoyed this trail. With me, I had my two daughters who are 6 and 4. We did the Turkey Trail along with the Turkey Spur. They found it quite doable and enjoyed the hike. We will be back to do the full loop soon

I was a bit thrown off by the first leg of this trail as it runs parallel to I-70, though the rumble of traffic subsided after the first mile. Overall, this was a nice walk through the woods. I would probably rate is as “easy” as the hike was mostly flat with minimal inclines - which makes it suitable for families! The view was great.

First attended the Maple Syrup Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park, then I hiked this trail. There were nice views of the waterfalls. This was a very nice hike.

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