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River Road Trail

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The trail follows the Patapsco State Park along the south branch of the Patapsco River. It is mostly a horse trail and is pretty technical in some spots. Lots of climbing, twisty single track with mud when it rains. Several stream crossings and lots of "unexplored" portions. At least I haven't explored them all. I found a 12 mile loop but you could spend an afternoon in there. I suspect it connects in some way to the McKeldin State Park in Marriottsville but I haven't gotten there yet.
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Trail Directions
Take rt 32 north (from I-70). Turn left onto Sykesville Main street. Take the first right onto River Road. About a mile up the road is a small cut out on the left. The trail head is tough to find but worth the hunt.
Trail Length
12 + miles
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Review Date
November 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Rick Wiker , from Sykesville, MD

For first 2 miles, very tough with steep hils, hairpins, fallen trees. Then at old Gorsuch Switch Road bridge abutments, the main Patapsco State Park horse trail merges from the left and the path to River Road from then right. The trail is now wide enough for a small jeep. About a mile later, just past a small ford of a brook, a scenic side path leaves on the right,and follows the brook as it falls over shelves of rocks and eventually ends in the large L-shaped 40-acre overgrown field near the pipeline crossing on River Road. You will be a 1/2 mile from the road. But if stay on the main path, you'll get to Henryton Road in two more miles and then another mile or so to get to Marriotsville Road. To continue on, you probably have to go the park entrance 1/2 mile up the road on the north side of the river. It's a get walk. If you're biking, watch out for horses.

Recommended Route:
From Sykesville, cross Main St river bridge into Howard County, turn left onto River Rd. After about a mile, then turn left immediately before fencing on the left side as you leave the valley.

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