Patapsco Valley State Park: Granite and Woodstock Area Trails: An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 7 Miles Plus 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.
This hike begins on a trail alongside the Patapsco River, hiking up to the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Patapsco River, then veers up onto the hills above the river valley, passing through groves of mountain laurel. We will visit an abandoned quarry that is filled with water, then follow a stream back to the river to complete our circuit.
Since the area for this hike runs through unmaintained areas of the state park, it promises solitude, peace, and wildlife.
Trail Information Nearby City: Woodstock, MD
Length: ~7 total 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 its short distance and none of the hills are very challenging.
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
There is no park fee for this hike.
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The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of 2.5 - 3.0 mph. This is the pace used in most hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and paces so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and/or ability.
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Optional Post Hike Get Together
We will have optional post hike get together at a place to be determined.
Directions to Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
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A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
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