Patapsco Valley State Park Alberton and Daniels Areas

Windsor Mill, Maryland

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Stroll along the Patapsco River, visiting numerous historic sites along the way. A hike in this portion of Patapsco Valley State Park serves as the best reminder of the thriving nature of the area long before it was a park. As a general rule, I’m not a huge fan of hiking on asphalt, but this trail is very peaceful, and very pleasant. It traverses a wide valley, loaded with birds. Thick forest flanks the abandoned road to the right, and the Patapsco River is just on the left; it’s full of rocks and runs swiftly. Near the river, sycamores and box elders dominate, but the whole area—up the hills—is studded with beech, dogwood, oak, and tulip poplar. Understory growth includes mountain laurel, redbud, serviceberry, spicebush, and witch hazel.

Patapsco Valley State Park: Alberton and Daniels Areas Professional Review and Guide

"Stroll along the Patapsco River, visiting numerous historic sites along the way. A hike in this portion of Patapsco Valley State Park serves as the best reminder of the thriving nature of the area long before it was a park. As a general rule, I’m not a huge fan of hiking on asphalt, but this trail is very peaceful, and very pleasant. It traverses a wide valley, loaded with birds.

Thick forest flanks the abandoned road to the right, and the Patapsco River is just on the left; it’s full of rocks and runs swiftly. Near the river, sycamores and box elders dominate, but the whole area—up the hills—is studded with beech, dogwood, oak, and tulip poplar. Understory growth includes mountain laurel, redbud, serviceberry, spicebush, and witch hazel."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Windsor Mill
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Ellicott City
Driving Directions: Directions to Patapsco Valley State Park: Alberton and Daniels Areas

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May 2018