Summary: This is the first of the many unmaintained trails within the Patapsco Valley State Park that I hope to document. These trails seem to vary widely in their condition and yet offer some wonderful, quiet hikes through the river valley. This is very short hike, 0.72 miles round trip, through open forest to a meadow at the top of the hill. The trail is clear and not too rugged. In late fall and winter, you should have a lovely view of the river below. In the summer, the river here is calm enough to offer swimming and rafting fun for older kids and adults. The trail is shared with horses and we saw a few. The first part of the trail is quite steep, but it becomes more gentle as you continue. There are over 170 miles of trails in the park, mostly unmaintained, which afford hikers wonderful opportunities to enjoy the forest and the river right near Baltimore. Check out the others as I document them!
Trailhead: Follow Old Henryton Rd. North from Old Frederick Rd. until it dead ends. Though most maps show a bridge over the Patapsco River at this point, it is long gone. Once at the small parking lot near the river, there are trails in several directions. Follow the trails down to the east (right), and stay on the right most trail. It will quickly ascend. (Lat:39.35035 Lon:-76.91382)
Trail Guides for Patapsco Valley 1:
Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Map
by Md State Parks (Md State parks)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Patapsco Valley State Park
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Renee Burton
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Reviewed by Billy on 8/24/2007
Thanks for the information you posted about this hike. It was perfect for my boys (age 3 and 5). We hiked up to the meadow, then back down to swim. Spent at least an hour and a half in the water--they didn't want to leave! It's the end of summer, so it was hot and balmy, but the hike is short enough that it doesn't really matter--plus there's a cool swim waiting when you're done. Thanks again.
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