McKeldin Area Loop - Patapsco Valley State Park

#1 of 2 trails in McKeldin Recreation Area

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McKeldin Area Loop - Patapsco Valley State Park is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Marriottsville, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Robert Goldsmith (237)

6 Completed2 Reviews

Fadra Nally (223)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail for a nature enthusiast and novice hiker. Lots of terrain and elevation and change in scenery. Trail is shared with horses and mountain bikes until the end. It was a little confusing but you finish on the "Foot Traffic Only" portion. Lots of shade and spots along the river. Can't wait to hike this in all four seasons!

Jennifer Williams (90)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Absolutely loved this trail. There was a couple different trails to take. I loved how you could go down and walk down by the river and even walk across in some spots. There's one spot about halfway through where the hike gets very steep uphill. That part absolutely killed me but everything else made it worth it. A lot of birds and wildlife to see. I even saw a baby fawn on my hike. There were a lot of horseback riders on this trail as well as other hikers.

Tracy Thompson (569)

10 Completed4 Reviews

Along the water for the most of the 2nd half. $3 per person to enter the park. Easy for kids and dogs! Loved seeing the horseback riders!

Mike Seabron (141)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Trail had nice scenery and was moderate for biking. You have to watch out for the horse riders since there are some narrow areas. A re-do for sure!

Florence Sarcon (202)

7 Completed7 Reviews

The trail is easy to get to, with very few tough spots especially if the ground is wet. The waterfall area is very nice and you can walk along the stream as well.

Dan Seeley (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

A very well maintained, scenic route. The trail had moderate inclines and rock gardens. Beautiful water falls and a large portion of trail follows the river. This is a great loop for a couple hour hike. Easy access and lovely landscapes.

Lindsay Hoehn (151)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Love this part of the park! Hills and water. Great hike/run

Kimberly Austin (434)

10 Completed1 Reviews

One of my favorite trails! It loops the park nicely and has some gradual inclines, runs along the river, then surprises the first timer with an insane hill on the back side of the park. Love that crazy hill.

Christopher Morris (163)

3 Completed3 Reviews

This area is more flat than it's cousins. Hills are much more gradual, more flat terrain. However, there is an outdoor gun range in the distance, so it's not uncommon to hear occasional shot echoing through the area. If quiet is what you're after... Might want to find a better spot. Great for beginner mountain bikers like myself though.