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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Mike Seabron (59)

1 Completed0 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 Completed8 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 (118)

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.

Amy Grundel (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Ryan Nielson (638)

8 Completed2 Reviews

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

Alicia Schafer (91)

1 Completed1 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.

Sam Enos (46)

0 Completed1 Reviews

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