Patapsco Valley State Park Hike and Picnic! This Hike Has it All!
Enjoy the Granite-Woodstock Area Trails! A Moderate 8 Miles With An Easy 6 Mile Bailout Option Plus A Picnic Lunch On the Trail!
Post Hike Libations and Camaraderie at
The Woodstock Inn!
A remote area that truly is a hidden gem! We will make a loop in a section of Patapsco Valley State Park on trails that take us over moderate, yet rewarding, terrain. While many developed areas inside Patapsco Valley State Park provide amenities for family outings, camping, and picnics, lucky for us the state park also offers huge tracts where you’re on your own as we will enjoy today. Since the area for this hike runs through unmaintained areas of the state park, it promises solitude, peace, and wildlife.
Nearby City: Woodstock, MD
Length: About 8 total miles with an easy bailout at about 6 miles.
Elev. Gain: 1040 feet: Take note this is the elevation GAIN and not indicative of the elevation CHANGE on the hike. There are lots of ups and downs on this hike but it is still on the easier side of moderate because of it's short distance and none of the hills are very challenging.
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Trail Notes for Leaders
Large groups really take away from the hiking experience. This hike will be led at moderate pace of about 2.5mph (pace of an average hiker). Please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you.
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead
Directions to Trailhead
Click here for directions to the trailhead.
Meetup Time is at 10:30 a.m.
Optional Post Hike Get Together!
We will have optional post hike get together at the Woodstock Inn. Click here for more information about The Woodstock Inn, including it's menu to help you decide if you will join us for fun and comraderie with the group! Click here for the pub's address and directions but we meet up just across the street from the Inn so no worries about getting there post hike.
Leashed Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
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 please 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.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!
PLEASE take the leaders phone number with you in case you have any difficulty locating our group...