McKeldin Area

Ellicott City, Maryland 21042

McKeldin Area

McKeldin Area Professional Review and Guide

"McKeldin is a unique stop in Patapsco Valley State Park. It’s nudged into the southeast corner of Carroll County, where the north and south branches of the Patapsco River converge. Scenic Liberty Lake, one of Baltimore’s primary water supplies, falls the valley just north of McKeldin.

Damming in the north branch created Liberty Lake, less than 1 mile from the Switchback Trail. During late fall and winter, cyclists can enjoy a picturesque view of the lake at Liberty Dam Overlook, located at the northern end of SwitchbackTrail."

McKeldin Area Reviews

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description can be deceiving - steep climbs of a few 100 ft gain on several trails - some rock garden sections - several connected trails. we link them all and do laps. an excellent workout. horses on wkends - so go wkdays.

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Trail Information

Ellicott City
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
1 to 2 hours
Open from 9 A.M. to sunset
310 feet
Trailhead Elevation
350 feet
Top Elevation
Patapsco Valley State Park headquarters, (410) 461-5005
Local Contacts
Patapsco Valley State Park map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018