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Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco State Park: A Moderate 5 Miles

  • Jul 26, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco State Park! A Moderate 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 mile moderate circuit hike. Please not that there are two very 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: 5.0 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: Minimal, 500 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, 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 9:00 a.m. (To Beat the Heat)

Weather Information
Click here for up to the minute weather information for this hike and it is on rain or shine!

Directions to the Trailhead

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 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.


Ken S:[masked]

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  • Jane

    Beautiful Day, great hike

    July 29, 2014

  • Tom F.

    Sorry, but I went down the wrong Montgomery Road, drove all over, asked directions, and arrived too late. Still managed to hike around and see the park.

    1 · July 26, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    Great hike. Big thanks to Ken and all you guys for making this such a wonderful morning.

    3 · July 26, 2014

  • Mary T.

    Nice hike, a little longer than advertised, but it was great weather and a good pace, so no problem. Lots of people out enjoying the trails today.

    July 26, 2014

  • Marcia

    Ok. Thanks

    July 25, 2014

  • Ken S.

    Clearly I need to practice writing on this site more often. .. If all you have are sturdy tennis or jogging shoes, you may be fine. Last time Someone wrote"tennis" shoes, she fared poorly shoes

    1 · July 25, 2014

  • Ken S.

    There will be some rocks and boulders, â

    July 25, 2014

  • Ken S.

    My recommendation is to wear hiking boots if possible. If you &

    July 25, 2014

  • Marcia

    Are tennis shoes appropriate for this hike?

    July 25, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Marcia. The trails are packed dirt so tennis shoes will work just fine. Last night I was running on these trails with my dog and there were several other people out running so yes tennis shoes will work just fine.

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • T.J. Burnside C.

    I'll be there with my dog Oz. :)

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Mary T.

    Wayne, can you address the stream crossings for this hike at this time of year? Thanks.

    July 19, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      I'll get back to you later, after I've had a chance to checkout the trail.

      July 19, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Mary. I did our hike today. The streams are relatively narrow (the widest is about 5 feet wide) with stones in them so you can cross without getting your feet wet.

      2 · July 20, 2014

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