Natural surface connectivity
between the Ellicott City and Catonsville areas of PVSP
Ellicott City has long been the gap in the connectivity of the PVSP trail system. Many trail users consider “Patapsco” to be the trails downriver from Ilchester Road, while the majority of the trail system in PVSP is north of Ellicott City! The planned OEC Connector coupled with Gray’s Mill Trail, makes the natural surface connection through OEC much more doable.
While this trail had been an unmaintained social trail for many years, it saw an exponential increase in use after the catastrophic floods of 2018 closed River Road. Friends worked with park management to survey the trail, review the alignment, obtain approvals, make sustainable improvements and ultimately open it as an official trail.
“As River Road and the area around the Simkins Mill site continue to evolve as a park destination, this natural surface connection will be a wonderful resource for our community. Friends and their relationship with the park is bringing incredible opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation to every park user.”
John Strychula, Owner Cycle Mill Bike Shop & PVSP Supporter