Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas

Elkridge, Maryland 21075

Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas

Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Known simply as the Avalon area by most cyclists, this small corner of the Patapsco Valley State Park is quite possibly one of Washington, D.C./Baltimore’s most popular mountain-biking playgrounds. Avalon’s terrain is oftentimes severe and nearly always challenging, but for serious off-roaders, these conditions represent nothing less than prime mountain-biking real estate."

Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas Reviews

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7/22/2010
Very good for mountain biking a very good exercise with the best downhills on the area.
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2/1/2009
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1/1/2009
Very nice biking trails. I've done several in the park, but on this date, we entered on the Soapstone trail. It is easiest to park in the Park and Ride off I-195. Be prepared for some COLD water crossings in the winter. The park does a very nice job of maintaining trails. A trail guide ($3)is helpful for first visit to park. Restricted hunting permitted near trails - bright colors might be best.
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10/15/2008
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8/11/2007
This place is the best all around singletrack and easily one of my favorites ANYWHERE! It has multiple loops, climbs, rocks, logs, bridges, drops, rocks, steep, shallow, luge like speed descents. This will test you, but it is good for beginners and advanced alike. Spent 3 hours there today and i was completly done.

Some Advice. Two options for entrance, one off of 295 north of airport, or get of 95 onto 100 west, get off at 103 going north, first light right onto Montgomery, first light left following Montgomery as it turns left (straight is a gas station with powerbars and water etc., if you see a golf course you are close to gas station, but going the wrong way for the park)After Left turn onto Montgomery follow for @2 miles, turn left at church onto landing road. look for parking areas. You can also park in Rockburn branch park.

There is a bathroom and water fountain by the suspended bridge, but no trash, you must carry in and out. Have fun, and i suggest a tube/pump or a cell phone. Getting lost is likely and a flat will be a long walk to the car.
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10/2/2002
As a long distance runner, this trail provided an excellant off-road experience. The trails are marked and link together allowing for an extended run. The hills were great too.
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1/1/2002
better than ever- yeah,hard climbs and head spining loops, but a good challenge and always a new root or rock trying to put you off the sadle...but it still is not better than Hartshorne park in New Jersey
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6/28/2001
Surprisingly good for a park so close to Baltimore! I expected relatively flat terrain with only a few log piles as obstacles. I didn't expect to see many of the rocks or roots that makes mountainbiking different from road riding. But I was pleasantly surprised. Although its not the most technical park around, it has a great mix of technical terrain, whippy single track, decents and climbs. Really a good time. The only down side is the mud, is this place ever dry?
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Trail Information

Elkridge
Nearby City
20
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Difficult
Physical Difficulty
3 to 5 hours
Duration
Open from 10 A.M. to sunset, Thursday through Sunday
Season
75 feet
Trailhead Elevation
390 feet
Top Elevation
Patapsco Valley State Park
Local Contacts
Patapsco Valley State Park trail map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018