Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco State Park Loop! A Moderate 5.5 Mile Hike!
A 450-acre park overshadowed by the monstrous nearby Patapsco Valley State Park, Rockburn Branch Park provides a wonderful place to hike with little foot traffic! Due to its proximity to adjacent Patapsco Valley State Park, Rockburn Branch Park often gets overlooked as a hiking destination, but lots of people take advantage of its lack of entrance fee and many amenities. Today, we will be enjoying both parks in this 5.5 mile moderate circuit hike. There are two minor stream crossings on this hike, but are almost always dried up in late fall and winter.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellicott City
Length: 5.5 total miles
Scenery:Rockburn Branch, mixed hardwoods, historic structures
Exposure: Mostly shade
Traffic: Light to moderate
Trail Surface: Packed dirt, asphalt, and crushed rock.
Trail Type: Jagged, intersecting loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Total Elevation Change: Minimal, 500 Feet
Local Contacts:Rockburn Branch Park/Patapsco Valley State Park
A moderate pace of about 2.5-3.0mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).
Park Fee: None, yay! Note: While there is a fee for Patapsco State Park, it is waived if entering on foot when crossing over from Rockburn Branch as long as you start and end your hike at Rockburn, which we are, hence no fee!
Step Off Time is 11:00 a.m.
Click here for up to the minute weather information for this hike and it is on rain or shine!
Directions to Where We Meet for The Hike
Click Here for directions to where we meet for this jaunt.
Please remember we hike the pace of the group and it can vary. We take breaks as necessary and have a guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back for each group of hikers and our guides/sweepers hike in teams which helps ensure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive and encouraging with no pressure on speed but focus on safety while leaving no trace .
A Leashed FIDO is Welcome on This Hike!
Be sure to bring my number which is listed below in case you have any difficulty locating the parking lot.