A Hike in the Wild and Secluded Gorman Stream Valley! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 5-Mile Hike with Optional Post-Hike Meal
The Middle Patuxent River, mature mixed hardwoods, some fascinating ruins, and even a small swamp are the highlights of today's hike! The Palisades, too, offer a unique sight in Howard County. This location is truly a hidden gem in Howard County and my favorite hike in the area. The concentration of thrushes during spring migration, in particular among the hemlocks, makes this an attractive place to visit, but year 'round this is a fantastic hiking venue. Habitats found along both sides of the river are highly varied, ranging from bottomlands and upland deciduous forest to a hemlock grove on a north-facing steep, rocky cliff overlooking the river, but today we will be hiking on the south side of the river.
You will soon forget you are anywhere near civilization. Along the western third of the area, the trees are typical of river bottomlands, capable of surviving occasional flooding. In the central section, the primary type of forest is upland deciduous, but there is also a hemlock grove on the cool, rocky slopes that rise abruptly from the river. Farther east, a drier deciduous forest is dominated by beech and oak. East of the power line cut which is close to our turn around point, the mature forest is again dominated by tulip poplars.
This area is mostly wooded, entirely undeveloped, hence a true hidden gem, and contains no active recreational facilities so be sure to bring your own water. Please wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes for this easy trek, yet a hike with some areas of rugged trails and several stream crossings. The hike is almost all flat with one or two small and very short hills.
Don't forget your camera for this hidden gem of a hike!
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Columbia, Ellicott City
Scenery: Stream, mature mixed hardwoods, and even a small swamp! The palisades, too, offer a unique sight in Howard County. This hike also features a small swamp as well as hemlock groves and mountain laurel along palisades.
Trail Surface: Packed dirt with a very wild feel
Length: ~5 miles
Trail Type: Out and back
Skill Level: Easy to Easy-Side-of-Moderate due to the rugged trails.
Trailhead Elev: 50 feet
Top Elev: 90 feet
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular 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 pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
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DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
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Directions to the 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!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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