Patapsco River State Park Hike

Maryland's Patapsco River State Park stretches for 32 scenic and historic miles south and west of Baltimore. Our hike today will take us through the park's Orange Grove section, featuring the remains of once-bustling mill towns serving ironworks, flour mills and other industrial enterprises. Total length of our easy hike should be about 5 miles, mostly on well-shaded trails with a few stream crossings, one picturesque waterfall, and several hundred feet of elevation gain scattered along the way.  Bring plenty of beverages, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, a towel and water shoes (if you'd like to cool off your feet) and about $12 for transportation, admission and trip fees. Meet either at 9 a.m. by the station attendant's kiosk inside the Greenbelt Metro Station or at 9:45 at the Cascade Falls parking lot, the last lot on the left inside the park's Avalon entrance near Elkridge, MD.

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  • Karen

    Yes....very fun group to hike with...good combo of 1st timers and repeaters. I look forward to organizing another....

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Basil

    Beautiful park, excellent group to hike with. The path we took was a tiny bit hilly, but not much elevation. Very muddy though - lots of slipping around and laughing. Afterwards we cooled off by a gorgeous pool and waterfall. I hope to see you all again on another hike!

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was well organized. I enjoyed the friendliness of the group.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great! Perfect hike on a beautiful day!

    July 14, 2013

  • Keith

    Hate to back out at the last moment but we may have thunder showers tomorrow so I'm out! Enjoy

    July 12, 2013

    • Karen

      Hey..thanks for letting us know..I did see this last night. We lucked out! :) next time! :):)

      July 13, 2013

  • Laura M. O.

    Enjoyed meeting everyone today.

    July 13, 2013

  • Anne B.

    Sorry to back out so late; will try to make the next one.

    July 13, 2013

    • Karen

      No prob...thank you for letting us know....have a good day

      July 13, 2013

  • Oscar

    Woke up late so will drive to the metro station just in case an extra driver is needed.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Harris

    I live in Baltimore and I will meet you at 9:45

    July 12, 2013

  • Karen

    Fyi....right now, looks wet for Saturday.....and this is a rain/shine hike. With the humidity, you won't be able to tell the difference anyway. :)

    2 · July 8, 2013

    • Karen

      Expect mud....pack a towel and some flip flops for drive home! :)

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first hike with the group. I plan on going and will look for everyone at the Cascade Falls parking lot.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Robert H.

    This sounds PERFECT; especially the dog-friendly part. Alas, I can't make this weekend, perhaps a make-up session later in the season, smiles.

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • Karen

      Yup...I'm aiming for 10miles on Sunday.....prime trail running training....and so close to home..... :)

      July 12, 2013

    • Laura M. O.

      We need to talk.. Just started doing 5ks myself and have had friends urging me to do trail running

      July 12, 2013

  • Keith

    I also need a ride. I will meet the group at the Greenbelt Metro. Keith

    July 12, 2013

  • Karen

    Hello Patapsco Hikers.....

    Who can drive?
    Who needs ride?

    Thanks!

    July 9, 2013

    • Haile

      I need ride

      July 10, 2013

  • Haile

    It is going to be my first hiking in US and I hope I enjoy the outdoor activity.

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Karen

      Oh yay! .....this will be good, but there are better..... :)

      July 9, 2013

    • Haile

      For now it is nice. Next time, I will be in a better hiking area.

      July 10, 2013

  • Teresa

    I'm in!

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Kibby

    I have butt dialed and even done a butt text. This is the first butt RSVP I have managed. Alas I will catch another hike or kayak trip. I have My daughter that weekend

    July 6, 2013

    • Karen

      Haha! Classic......

      July 6, 2013

  • Karen

    The park is dog friendly.....so bring your pups. Or adventurous cats....!

    July 5, 2013

  • Craig H.

    Will have to miss this one because of a prior commitment.

    July 5, 2013

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