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Fri. Day Hike in Patapsco State Park:McKeldin Area/Liberty Dam : Mod 7 Miles

  • Jan 31, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Patapsco Valley State Park: McKeldin Area to Liberty Dam on Unmaintained Trails: A Moderate to Easy Side of Strenuous 7 Miles

Hike to Liberty Dam on unmaintained trails, which takes you to the developed, popular McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park. Starting at the trailhead, you will walk on a rocky, packed dirt trail that parallels the North Branch of the Patapsco River. After about 300 feet, much of the rock spreads across the trail and into the water. You will see massive ferns and mountain laurel on both sides of the trail and this is a remarkable hike with tons of wildlife with more than half of this hike on unmaintained trails so few people venture out that way (the other side of Marriotsville Road). Portions of this hike are on the same trails as our other McKeldin area hikes, but it is the portion on the other side of Marriotsville out to the dam that makes this hike most unique.

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).

Trail Information
Activity Type: Hiking

Scenery: Patapsco River, Liberty Dam, McKeldin Rapids

Exposure: Shaded

Trail Surface: Dirt and some asphalt with some easy stream crossings and half of the hike on unmaintained trails.

Configuration: Combination
Nearby City: Columbia/Ellicott City
Length: 6.5-7 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate to Easy Side of Strenuous
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park McKeldin Area
Facilities: Restrooms and water at maintained area, picnic facilities, and disc golf course but none where the hike starts and ends.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.

Directions to the Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

Hike Step Off Time is 9:30 a.m.

Park Fee

There is no park fee because we do not start this hike within the park.

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 help make sure 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 leaving no trace

Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

PLEASE take a leaders phone number with you in case you have any difficulty locating our group...

Let's have good times and see you on the trail!


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  • Jennifer S.

    This is a wonderful hike! It's great to hike out to the dam, and then view it a mile away from the park. The river is so beautiful in the winter, and hiking along it easy, even in the snow!

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    Keith, thank you so much for leading this hike. Sounds like good times were had by all, yay!

    January 31, 2014

  • Rita G.

    The hike was GREAT! It is so nice to finally have good weather--------and the people are always fun to be with. And our fearless leader is always the best!

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Steve C.

    Once again "The Intrepideers" brave the elements, indigenous wildlife and tenuous footing to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

    2 · January 31, 2014

  • KathleenW

    great weather and fab group! Good times for re-fueling too!

    2 · January 31, 2014

  • Edwige

    Great hike. Great people. And above freezing :)

    2 · January 31, 2014

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