The Dogwood Trail

The Dogwood Trail

Superior Trail – Improved Connections

Please note: we are now building only the machine built trails at PVSP. All volunteer work is on pause due to the COVID19 Pandemic, we hope to resume our volunteer trail building soon – in the meantime, we are thankful to have our contracted builders working to build new sustainable trails!

The Dogwood Trail will eliminate the dangerous on road section that is currently used to connect the Pickall and Daniels areas on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River!


The Dogwood Trail is underway!

The Dogwood Trail design takes advantage of the spectacular terrain, we are incorporating many of the natural elements when constructing this sustainable trail.
Great flow at the entrance to the Dogwood Trail near Pavilion 701.
Trail in progress – we are working with our trail builder to maintain the backcountry feel and natural terrain of the Pickall Area.

You can build this trail!

We are sorry you aren’t out here swinging a trail building tool, but you can still be a big part of the Dogwood Trail!

The Pickall Area of the park has become a destination for trail users at PVSP. With the new trails reaching the pavilion areas from the Pickall Trail (Festivus, Bestivus, etc.) more trail users make Pickall the hub of their hike, run, or ride.

Pickall’s location in the middle of the park, and it’s large pavilions and ample parking makes it an ideal place to stage trail events – it was the home of the legendary Patapsco 100 and now hosts Patapsco Trail Fest. Also in the planning stages is a new loop that will serve to host NICA races and be headquarters for practices and training rides for MICL, (our local NICA chapter) and the enormous amount of student-athletes that call PVSP home!

The Dogwood Trail promises to be a favorite with park visitors. It is a beautiful trail section that eliminates the dangerous road that most trail users now use to connect the Pickall and Alberton areas. We want every park visitor to have a great outdoor experiences – the Dogwood Trail is a critical link.
Trail building pros from the Maryland Park Service discuss a new “climbing turn” suitable for all trails users.
Steep side slopes and challenging terrain make for a beautiful trail corridor.

The opportunities that the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park create mean that when we bring our league together for events within PVSP, we can point our families in nearly any direction to continue their exploration of the park. There are many lessons of history, stewardship, and the environment that can be learned across communities that are well connected.


Jonathan Posner 
Co-Founder and Co-LeagueDirector
Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League

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