Trail Map of Avalon Super Loop - Patapsco State Park

lots of ruins, waterfalls, trains, and river views

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Avalon Super Loop - Patapsco State Park
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Difficult: 12.7 miles, Full day
Other Information: Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
 
Overview: Do the entire Avalon Patapsco state park in 1 day!

This loop covers the majority of the Avalon area, with multiple ruins, waterfalls and other artifacts to find along the way.

Starting at the parking lot, you hike up the road a ways to the Ridge trail sign.

The next leg is the maintenace loop which has an old old tractor to look at and some other artifacts.

After that we head into a good wildlife viewing area where deer is commonly spotted.

Next is a popular offroad biking spot with some water aquaducts to view that are rather dated.

Returning, and going through a nice open field brings us to some rock formations, then settler homes (two of them) one with a dated gas pump 1930-140's era.

Before going through some small switchbacks on the next leg, we see two old possible outhouses that are probably state park buildings (old ones).

Then we continue through the switchbacks, taking us along the Cascade falls area to view some of the best falls in the state! The falls are in a valley area and very secluded. A side hike loop is added for length, and adds some more ruins for some old piping fixtures and a barrel.

Going over the swinging bridge we find the ruins of the "superlative" company along the railroad tracks. More artifacts along the side of the road, as we head back.

Plenty of railroad bridges, tunnels, and aquaducts dot the trip back, and 1 more set of building ruins make for a ruins filled trip.

Have lunch along the benches on the Patapsco river as you head back or have a bbq picnic in the parking lot area with ample facilities.

Tips:

  • bring a hiking pole for steep areas
  • bring plenty of water and food, backpack
  • lunch along the river by the benches on the way back
  • picnic area for bbq in parking lot
  • get trail map from ranger station $6 to add more distance
  • park entrance fee $4
parking lot
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ridge trailhead
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ridge trail view
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maintenance area
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common deer area
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sidetrail with a stream
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wrought iron fences
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sidetrail with some drainage structures
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drainage structures
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old blocks and assorted pans
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road to next return trail entry
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flat trail easy going, rock formations
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walk along the field
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old house ruins - unstable
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old house ruins - unstable
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2 building ruins
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road
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old piping and machinery
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old building
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cascade falls in a valley
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swinging bridge over the Patapsco river
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building ruins, superlative
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artifacts on the side of the trail
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well crafted auquaduct
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benches for lunch, river view
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small train bridge
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optional trail entry through tunnel
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building ruins
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well crafted auqaducts
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cross over bridge to return to parking lot
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