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McKeldin Rapids Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

Scenic trail starting at the McKeldin Rapids and following the southern branch of the Patapsco.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

325' 99 m

High

259' 79 m

Low

22' 7 m

Up

80' 24 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great for kids!

Description

The McKeldin Rapids Trail begins at one of the most scenic locations in the Patapsco watershed, the rapids it is named for. After a brief slope with cut steps, it opens to the beach side of a peaceful pond at the base of the rapids. The trail then heads back into the woods to follow the river as it winds around a bend. The trail is generally very flat and has few obstacles, although there is a section that crosses a sheer rock face on a slant. This crossing should be taken carefully, especially when wet. The east end of this trail connects with several others allowing for a larger loop around the McKeldin area if desired.

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Shared By:

Patapsco Heritage Greenway with improvements by Alan Williams

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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#126

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#8,169

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Photos

View of the Mckeldin Rapids Area.
Jul 1, 2019 near Sykesville, MD
A nonvenomous black rat snake sunbathing on the Mckeldin View Trail.  Always remember to give wildlife a wide berth and treat them with respect!
Jun 27, 2019 near Randall…, MD
McKeldin Rapids
Sep 14, 2019 near Sykesville, MD
View across the water where the north (right) and south (center) forks of the Patapsco meet.
Jun 27, 2019 near Randall…, MD
patapsco river
Apr 7, 2020 near Sykesville, MD
Start of the McKeldin Rapids Trail.
Jul 29, 2019 near Sykesville, MD

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Jun 7, 2020
Martin B
Apr 25, 2020
MaryBeth Munns
Great trail to see the Rapids. if you want to cross over to the through trail to get to Woodstock road, go past the designated cross over for abou… — 9h 00m
Jan 1, 2020
Christa Peters-Lidard
First day hike — 0h 20m
Jul 1, 2019
Suz Pecoraro