Rockburn Trail

Rockburn Branch Park, Maryland

Elevation Gain148ft
Trailhead Elevation297ft
Elevation Min/Max270/309ft
Elevation Start/End297/297ft

Rockburn Trail

Rockburn Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Howard County, Maryland. It is within Rockburn Branch Park. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 297 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 148 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. This trail connects with the following: Morning Choice Trail, Pain Cave, Skills Park Trail, Nu Trail and Twisties.

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Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area (Falcon Guides)
Scott Adams & Martin Fernandez
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"The Rockburn Branch Park area is an excellent place to introduce people to mountain biking. Its rolling trails allow the novice to intermediate cyclist a chance to focus more on developing skills rather than trying to make it up the next climb. Don't let this fool you though. Rockburn is also a great place for the advanced cyclist to enjoy Howard County's great outdoors. And its proximity to Patapsco Valley State Park makes it a great addition to any ride. If you want to pack on the miles, you should definitely combine Rockburn's picturesque loop with the trails of the Avalon area. Trail Surface: Mostly doubletrack, some singletrack, and one small section of asphalt."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore (Menasha Ridge Press)
Evan Balkan
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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."

Rockburn Trail Trip Reports

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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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Described as easy, this trail is a challenge for any level given the abundance of exposed tree roots along parts of the trail. Not appropriate for introducing novices to mountain biking!

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