McKeldin Area Loop, Patapsco Valley State Park

Baltimore, Maryland

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Starting from the swift rapids of the South Branch, to the confluence of the North and South Branches and beyond, this hike follows the mood of the Patapsco River— sometimes lively, sometimes lazy. About two-thirds of the hike comes into very close contact with the river. The return is a woodland walk through a narrow hollow favored by white-tailed deer. Thanks to the topography of the area, it is possible to find solitude even when large groups are enjoying picnics in the park pavilions. The rolling landscape and cliffs provide a buffer that allows for quiet enjoyment of the stream valley. Special considerations: The lush Maryland vegetation can overtake a trail in a summer. If a trail segment seems overgrown, it may be in need of a volunteer. The park is used extensively by equestrians and bicyclists. On week- days it is possible to find solitude in the park, but the bottomlands have undergone significant damage in recent years.
Hiking Maryland & Delaware

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Hiking Maryland & Delaware

by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)

Starting from the swift rapids of the South Branch, to the confluence of the North and South Branches and beyond, this hike follows the mood of the Patapsco River— sometimes lively, sometimes lazy. About two-thirds of the hike comes into very close contact with the river. The return is a woodland walk through a narrow hollow favored by white-tailed deer. Thanks to the topography of the area, it is possible to find solitude even when large groups are enjoying picnics in the park pavilions.

The rolling landscape and cliffs provide a buffer that allows for quiet enjoyment of the stream valley. Special considerations: The lush Maryland vegetation can overtake a trail in a summer. If a trail segment seems overgrown, it may be in need of a volunteer. The park is used extensively by equestrians and bicyclists. On week- days it is possible to find solitude in the park, but the bottomlands have undergone significant damage in recent years.

©  David Edwin Lillard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baltimore
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Patapsco Valley State Park Hilton Area
Local Maps: USGS Ellicott City, Maryland
Driving Directions: Directions to McKeldin Area Loop, Patapsco Valley State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

5/28/2010
1

A nice relaxing hike with great views of the river and chances for swimming. The trail guide and map are confusing; instead of following the guide, I'd recommend buying the park's own trail map ($2 at the entrance station) and following the trails by name. The McKeldin Rapids trail (orange blazes) is the highlight.



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