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Nice trail and a good place for friendly dogs.

Nice hike, wet parts due to the recent snow but dog loved it! Would go again

hiking
20 hours ago

Love this place. Trail was still pretty muddy which equated to a quiet peaceful hike with no one else on the trail, just me and my lab. Completed it counter clockwise this time. Beautiful canopy and nice place to reset your heart and mind.

hiking
20 hours ago

Fun trail. Pretty easy. Thanks, Doug, for the tip about the HS.

Great trail. Easy walk with a few rocks to navigate and a few creek crossings. Took the family and very much enjoyed it. Out and back took about 1hour, 45 minutes while taking our time for a few pictures.

hiking
1 day ago

When it comes to Hiking or Backpacking the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Avalon, Orange Grove, Hilton, Hilltop and Glen Artney areas are by far the best trail system in the whole Valley area. You can CAMP in the Hilton area at 1101 Hilton Ave. in Catonsville, Md. There are plenty of pavilions, restrooms and drink fountains in many of the sections. There are so many loops you can hike so the miles and terrain will indeed vary pending your planned trip. You can even take the kids hiking or just go to one of the two playgrounds. I have been backpacking this area since the late 60’s and have seen many changes. The biggest was in 1972, The Storm of Agnes. Can you picture the water as high as the railroad tracks? Many of the trails you see on All/Trails was created and recorded by me. I am still out here weekly. Simply view my recording for the many options to hiking this area. Email me for my custom map I created. baltoken @ yahoo.com

hiking
1 day ago

Entering the trail from the right of the parking area is a rocky downhill hike. Beginners like my husband and I benefited from using trekking poles. The second half of the loop heading back up to the left side of the parking area is much smoother.

hiking
1 day ago

A great hike, however the distance should be revised to 7.5 miles.

Crazy weather we are having again this month. Maryland weather, Wait 5 minutes and it will change. Just a few days ago I was hiking Rockburn park in 60 degree weather. Today it's back in the 40's - 30's with the wind chill and snow being forecasted in the evening. The only reason I saw a few people on the trails was because it's a weekend. I didn't take any photos today because I had my mittens on and my hands kept getting cold. I kept my cellphone in my pocket the whole time. Wear clothes in layers and try not to sweat. I am a local and hike everyday. This is one of my favorite loops.

February has been feeling more like Spring. The temperatures made it into the 60's which was great for getting out on the trails. It seems to always rain the day before we get these high pressure temperatures. Once again, most all of the trails are a bit muddy if you are in the low terrain areas. Higher sections of the trails dry out much faster. I saw a few people on the trails but it was 1 o'clock in the afternoon. I hiked this area because I have been deal with plantar fasciitis and wanted the distance but a location that was mainly flat. Beside it being muddy, it was a great hike. Being a senior, ever day on the trail is a great day. The terrain is not as hard or bad as the elevation lines show on the grid.

This was a fun hike with some good scenery. I kinda did it in two loops by accident. After coming back to my truck I figured out the part I missed and hiked that too. My recommendation is to start hike to left of mansion. Just go under pipe crossing up stairs and bear left. Historic walk to white land of promise. I'm pretty sure you'll walk by big tree other people have mentioned. It's big! From there follow rock run yellow and you get to walk along nice creek for a little. When you come to man made dam cross road to Wilkinson and grab the orange blaze ( left) from there. After that your on the trail according to app. This way you'll come down ( later) ridge trail red and that's a pretty good ascent.

great trail but beware that from now until April, parts or the trail are closed for stream restoration. If you access the trail from the marked trailhead at the library headquarters bldg, you can only do a one mile loop. It's only possible to connect to the most scenic section of the trail, behind Annapolis high school, if you are willing to go off trail,

For now, I recommend parking at Annapolis high school. Look for the many paths into the woods behind the athletic fields. It's challenging hiking with beautiful views of Broad Creek. You will see blue herons and may get lucky and see a bald eagle.

easy and scenic so it is not boring

After two day of rain I was ready to get back on trail. It was 40 degrees, trails were muddy in a few sections and some spots were still frozen from overnight temps. I went early to beat the next batch of rain storms. Very few people in the park but I did meet up with a fellow All/Trails user and friend, ( Mark Sweadner ) whom I met last summer. Him and I talked about the All/Trails software. I am always glad to help people out when it comes to hiking these trail systems in the Patapsco Valley State Park. I basically live in the park and hiked over 400 miles last year. I created a map last year of this complete area of the park. Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com for a copy.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice short hike.

An ok walk but not to clear where to park to do which trail. It seems the school house trail and the devided trail run together to make the whole distance. Trail is also not marked very clearly. Had to use my phone GPS as to not get turned around but yet ended up still getting turned off trail from lack of trail markers.

One of my favorite trails in the area!

walking
7 days ago

Love this trail as it is one of many historic trails and buildings in Baltimore, it’s a very nice trail to go on if you don’t want to pay to enter the fort.

road biking
7 days ago

Good trail for bikers, decent length, and very flat. Keep in mind that the trail, now that the new housing development has started, is closed further south, and if you choose to go past that the area that is marked off, they changed it to a road so you may have some problems.

Great hike with fun stops along the way.

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