Marriottsville, Maryland

Hike the Switchback trail in Patapsco State Park

3.9 Miles Total - 249 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

Lovely wooded trail featuring a river. 

Park in the lot off of Marriottsville Road (see map) to access the trail. Trail is dog-friendly and a good one for kids. 

Photos: Jeff Kubina, Doug Miller

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Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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Gorgeous trail to share with kids

We took an autumn hike the day after heavy rains and were still able to enjoy a nice loop on the purple “Tall Poplar” trail. Painted trail markers on the trees were easy to connect with after walking across the grass (opposite the playground) from a big honor box pay lot. The playground equipment and bathrooms were a fun post-hike surprise for the kids and the swollen river was gorgeous. The park website has trail maps for this entire area

Fun Place For Some Exercise

Patapsco offers some fun trails that are perfect for those looking to get into hiking, they don't offer grand views but can be fun for beginners.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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