McKeldin Area Loop - Patapsco Valley State Park

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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.

he 1,403-acre McKeldin Area of Patapsco State Park, best known for its varied, steep and wooded terrain, is reminiscent of the mountains of Western Maryland. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on eight miles of trails. Facilities include two large picnic shelters with grills and a fireplace, and eight smaller shelters in a forested setting.

McKeldin's predominantly oak upland forests and the river wetlands support a wide variety of plants and animals. Watch for rabbits, gray squirrels, woodchucks, red fox and white-tailed deer. Along the banks of the Patapsco River, you may spot Canada geese, green herons, kingfishers, mallards and wood ducks year-round. Although rarely seen, screech owls, barred owls, great-horned owls, kestrels and wild turkey also inhabit the forest.

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10 Completed 1 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.

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3 Completed 3 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.

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3.00 entrance fee... Cash only. Wish I knew about that before driving 40 minutes to get here.

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8 Completed 2 Reviews

The hike by the river was pretty, but there were gun shots and automotive/train noises in the background throughout.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very nice park. Took our golden retrievers on a hike and it was nice to hike with them. Some people were horse riding and it was nice to see a series of families hiking. The water is clear and the rapids were a pleasant surprise.

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Was a fun mountain bike trail for me and my freind, was pretty easy in most parts but could get pretty rough, had some jumps, and the scenary was nice

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48 Completed 53 Reviews

We hiked this trail today with our five kids and two dogs. We followed the outermost trails in a loop around the park. The first part of our trip was average but we really enjoyed the McKelkin Rapids section along the Potomac river. One section in particular has a great area to spend some time with some great rapids that open into a large pond-type area that the dogs could chase sticks in. There was a large sandy area that the kids played in while we took a break. This is a great hike for the family if the drive isn't far.

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14 Completed 8 Reviews

Nice easy ride. All the trails interconnect and were well marked. Trails were clear and flat. Easy access to the river. Good beginner course. Bring a map (costs $2 at the gate). Family park, so watch out for kids and slow moving traffic. Horses and people have right of way.

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3 Completed 8 Reviews

Not a bad hike. The waterfalls and rapids are not high. But beautiful.

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1 Completed 5 Reviews

I have run an approximate 5mile loop here 2 summers ago. Its a nice mostly wooded shaded trail of varying terrain from grass, dirt, some rooty, rocky terrain with varying elevation changes (mostly moderate except one steep challenger but not too long).

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