Patapsco Valley State Park

Hilton Area Trails

  • Forest Glen Trail - (0.6 miles) This foot-use-only trail has several very steep grades, and connects the end of the Grist Mill Trail to the Hilton Area complex near the recycled tire playground.
  • Santee Branch Trail - (2.4 miles) The Santee is a long trail connecting the Hilton and Glen Artney Areas. The trail follows a power line several times and can be connected with the Vineyard Springs, Grist Mill and Sawmill Branch trails to make a great 4.5 mile loop.
  • Pigs Run Trail - (0.2 miles) This relatively flat trail is nicely wooded and connects the Forest Glen and Santee Branch trails.
  • Saw Mill Branch Trail - (0.9 miles) This trail starts at the end of the Grist Mill trail or off the Buzzards Rock trail. The trail's moderate grade meanders downstream, allowing hikers to view several scenic pools and glades.
  • Charcoal Trail - (0.7 miles) This wide-open trail, which follows the power line, connects the Sawmill Branch and Santee Branch trails.

Trail use can be a wonderful way to enjoy this area. Tips for trail users:

  • Wear appropriate foot wear.
  • Know your route and be prepared for emergencies.
  • Carry water and a snack.
  • First aid kit and safety equipment reccommended.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Let someone know your itinerary and route – cell phones are not reliable in the valley.
  • Help us sustain our trails. Avoid trail use in wet conditions. We recommend you wait at least 24 hours after a rain event before venturing out along the trails again.