I will lead a hike between 3.5 miles and 6-7 miles. If you prefer you can make it an Easy 3.5 miles by turning around at the railroad tracks : depending on interest and trail conditions for the longer hike. The parking lot is very small so it is suggested that you carpool.or park on the side of the road close to the parking lot... a meeting place for those coming from the north would be Security Square Mall.
Directions: Take I 695 to Exit 117, Security Boulevard West. Go past the mall and turn onto Fairbrook Road (just past the Sunoco Station) and look for Johnnycake Road on the left. Follow Johnnycake to the end. Take a right onto Hollofield Rd. Take a left onto Dogwood Road an immediate left into the parking area off of Alberton Road. The address above is the park headquarters - DO NOT USE THAT ADDRESS FOR GPS.
The 3.5 miles is an easy out and back hike along the Patapsco River with many historical ruins along the way. Shaded, NO FACILITIES. Dogs welcome.The longer 6 plus miles is a little more challenging..some hills..(knolls :) ).
The last hike we did here a member gathered info to share(Thank you):
"Alberton Area ... of Patapsco Valley State Park ... is actually an old road that once led to an old town called Daniels, MD. Daniels was a mill town that had its beginnings in the early 19th century, but was abandoned in the late 1960s. The remnants of the town were later destroyed by Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The storm flooded the banks of the river, destroyed the town and pushed cars up the hills. The area was never rebuilt, so the forest grew up around the ruins of buildings and old cars."