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Baltimore, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park

You’ll find two wooded creeks and plenty of solitude on this 2.8-mile lollipop loop nestled in the heart of Patapsco Valley State Park.

Rating

From the parking lot, begin hiking southwest on the Soapstone Trail. The trail immediately descends 200 feet to Soapstone Creek and follows the creek, zigzagging through hundred-year-old trees and thick, lush forest. At the Soapstone day use area, veer northwest paralleling another unnamed creek, before meeting up with the Bull Run Trail. Turn right onto the Bull Run Trail, climb to the top of a small hill, and cross an open meadow. Follow the path along the ridgeline before descending back down to the Soapstone trail. Turn left onto the Soapstone Trail and retrace your steps back to the car.
Mapped by Josh and Leanne Tallman

To Trailhead

Take I-395 S to I-95 S toward Washington. In 5.8 miles, take exit 47B and merge onto MD 166 N toward Catonsville. In 1.1 miles, bear left to stay on MD 166 N, then turn left onto S. Rolling Rd. Continue 0.2 mile and park on right side of the road at trailhead turnout.

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