Rockburn Branch Park Trails

Elkridge, Maryland

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A 450-acre park overshadowed by the monstrous nearby Patapsco Valley State Park, Rockburn Branch Park provides a wonderful place to spend the day with friends and family. Due to its proximity to adjacent Patapsco Valley State Park, Rockburn Branch Park often gets overlooked as a hiking destination, but lots of people take advantage of its lack of entrance fee and many amenities. The variety of available activities makes Rockburn an attractive place to pass the day. Children can spend hours on the playground, toss balls around the fields, and also easily handle the hike described here. Folks who like disc golf will enjoy the course at Rockburn, which ranks as one of the finest in the area. My friend Doug and I hiked and then finished our day with a round on the course; the only casualty of the day was Doug’s Blue Crush driver disc, which was swallowed up by a towering pine tree.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

A 450-acre park overshadowed by the monstrous nearby Patapsco Valley State Park, Rockburn Branch Park provides a wonderful place to spend the day with friends and family. Due to its proximity to adjacent Patapsco Valley State Park, Rockburn Branch Park often gets overlooked as a hiking destination, but lots of people take advantage of its lack of entrance fee and many amenities. The variety of available activities makes Rockburn an attractive place to pass the day.

Children can spend hours on the playground, toss balls around the fields, and also easily handle the hike described here. Folks who like disc golf will enjoy the course at Rockburn, which ranks as one of the finest in the area. My friend Doug and I hiked and then finished our day with a round on the course; the only casualty of the day was Doug’s Blue Crush driver disc, which was swallowed up by a towering pine tree.

©  Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Elkridge
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 290 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 110 feet
Top Elevation: 380 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Rockburn Branch Park
Local Maps: USGS Savage
Driving Directions: Directions to Rockburn Branch Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

4/16/2009
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I love this hike but don't like the directions in the book at all. I have hiked 100's of hikes and I got lost after just a couple of miles and made up my own hike. Unless you take a Topo map with you please note that you will end up in the middle of the forest with several trail splits and no idea which way to go. Unfortunately, I was leading a group of 14 people and we all put our heads together and winged it. Taught me a lesson to never leave home without my Topo map. Keeping the aforementioned in mind..the area is a great get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and very doable as an after work hike given it's distance and ease of excursion required. I recommend the trail but not the directions in the book.



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