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Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco State Park: A Moderate 8 Mile Hike

  • Mar 15, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco State Park

A Moderate 8 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. Today, we will be enjoying both parks in this 8 mile moderate circuit hike.

There are three minor stream crossings on this hike, but are almost always dried up in late fall and winter.

Trail Information

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellicott City
Length: About 8 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
Season: Year-round
Total Elevation Change: About 1000 Feet
Local Contacts: Rockburn Branch Park/Patapsco Valley State Park

Hike Pace
A moderate pace of about[masked]mph and the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).

Park Fee: None

Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Weather Information

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 Hike

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 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

Justin:[masked]

Mike:[masked]

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  • Linda O

    Thank you, Mike for leading this hike! It was a wonderful hike with great people and beautiful weather!

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Kathy

    Mike did a great job leading the hike, and he was very patient in helping us with multiple stream crossings. It was a good hike with small hills. I really enjoy the hikes at Rockburn and Patabsco because they're close to where I live.

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Natasha

    This was a perfect day for a hike! Mike was a wonderful hike leader. Thanks for making this
    hike possible! I had an awesome time!

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Betsy L.

    Lovely day for a very nice hike in two parks. Thanks, Mike, for great leading, and for a helping hand on all the stream crossings. How nice to finally have a hike without the need for Kahtoolas!

    March 15, 2014

  • Manjula R.

    Nice hike with great group of people.

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Edwige

    Great day for a hike. A big thank you to Mike for leading and especially helping at water crossings!

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Denice H.

    This was my first hike, so I don't have a basis for comparison to other spots the group has gone. Everyone was friendly and supportive. This was a perfect outing for me and I hope to do it again. Thanks for being such a nice leader, Mike.

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Denice H.

    Hi first hike, so I'm excited to come.

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Liz

    Hi - very interested in this hike and would love to know if space opens up!

    March 13, 2014

  • Mimi

    Would love to go, esp. cause it is so close to home (a rarity).
    If a slot opens , please let me know!
    M

    March 9, 2014

    • Kelly

      It is close to my home too, wish both of us can get spots

      March 9, 2014

  • Natasha

    Anyone driving from Balt? Let me know if you'd like to share a ride.

    March 9, 2014

  • Sabrina

    Hi Mercedes - Is that last spot in your car still available? If so, I'd love to join.

    February 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Still available, Sabrina. Will send you an email.

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We'll be picking up one person at Shady Grove Metro at 9am for this hike -- room for one more. Will drop back off at Shady Grove after hike. Reply here or send me an email if you want the spot. :-)

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we have to print out our ticket & bring with us?

    February 10, 2014

  • rachel

    anyone driving from dc? i'd love to join and happy to pay for gas.

    February 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rachel, if you can metro to Shady Grove, I'd be happy to pick you up there & drop you back afterward.

      February 10, 2014

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