Come join us for a hike in Patapsco Valley State Park and an early dinner in historic Ellicott City.
The hike we will be taking is approximately 5.5 miles long and will take about 2.5 hours to complete.
The hike begins by following a dirt path that runs along a small river. After about 3/4 mile, the trail goes down some steps to the base of a small cascade waterfall. From there the trails continues along the upper edge of a small valley and will descend into a parking lot. There are bathrooms and water fountains here.
Next we cross the Patapsco river on a swinging bridge. We will then follow a paved path for about a mile. At this point we will go through a short tunnel and proceed along another dirt trail. This trail ascends up a moderately steep hill and eventually takes us to the All Saints Convent. This is a really nice building with small gardens all around the area. The convent is still in use and sometimes you will see the nuns walking around (or driving sports cars).
After passing the convent we will follow the road to another park entrance. Here there is a playground made out of old used tires. After passing the playground. we will follow another dirt trail that takes us back down to the Patapsco river and the paved path. From here we return to the bridge and take the first path back to the parking lot.
The trailhead is located off of Landing Road in Elkridge. A good address to search on is 5090 Landing Road, Elkridge, MD. To get them from 29, take the exit for 100 east. Take the exit for 108/104. At the traffic light make a left. Make another left at the next traffic light. Where 104 ends, turn right onto 103. Make a left on Ilchester Road and then finally turn right on Landing Road.
There are a series of small dirt parking areas on both sides of the road. Just be sure not to park in the nearby neighborhoods. Parking can be somewhat limited so car pooling is recommended. Katie and I can fit up to 3 more people in our car.
After the hike it is about a 10 minute drive to the historic area of Ellicott City. There are several good restaurants there to choose from including the Trolley Stop, Cacao Lane, and the Ellicott Mils Brewery. We can decide where to eat based on what everyone is in the mood for and what place is the least crowded.