Patapsco Valley State Park: McKeldin Area! An Easy Side of Moderate 4 Miles Along the River with Optional Lunch!
"Starting from the swift rapids of the South Branch, to the confluence of the North and South Branches and beyond, this hike follows the mood of the Patapsco River — sometimes lively, sometimes lazy. About two-thirds of the hike comes into very close contact with the river. The return is a woodland walk through a narrow hollow favored by white-tailed deer. Thanks to the topography of the area, it is possible to find solitude even when large groups are enjoying picnics in the park pavilions. The rolling landscape and cliffs provide a buffer that allows for quiet enjoyment of the stream valley."
This is a great transition hike for those looking to progress from easy to moderate hiking due to rolling hills, but it is not too long. We offer a social/nature enjoyment pace in addition to a workout pace for this easy side of moderate trek..
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Length: About 4.0 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate (Great transition hike for those looking to progress from easy to moderate hiking due to rolling hills and a nature enjoyment pace being offered in addition to a workout pace)
Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park Hilton Area
Local Maps: USGS Ellicott City, Maryland
Trail Notes for Leaders
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We hike rain or shine! Click here for the trailhead forecast!
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Directions to the Trailhead
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Hike Meetup time is at 10:00 a.m.
Monday through Friday: $2 per vehicle in-state; $4 per vehicle out-of-state. Weekends and Holidays: $3 per person in-state, $5 per person out-of-state. Admitted Free: Senior citizens 62 and older with the Golden Age Pass, people with the Access Maryland State Park Pass for persons with disabilities, members of the Maryland National Guard & all active duty military personnel who display their active military identification card.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means 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, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido Is Welcome on This Hike!
Please take the hike leaders number with you just in case and let's have good times and see you on the trail!