What is the Patapsco Trail Fest?

The Patapsco Trail Fest is the trail event for all ages, abilities and user groups.  The event includes two nights of camping, guided hikes, rock climbing, kayaking, a mountain bike race, ride and enduro, and a half and full off-road marathon.

In every activity, there will be distances and levels of difficulty designed specifically for kids and families. We are excited about this format and we think it’s a great fit for the park and it’s diverse group of users!

… And yeah, beer gardens, food trucks, playgrounds etc. etc.

Who are the organizations behind the Patapsco Trail Fest?

The event will be presented by a coalition of nonprofits including Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, Adventures For The Cure, White Oak Running, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Mountain Club of Maryland, MORE, Mid Atlantic Climbers, The American Alpine Club, The Howard County Conservancy and the Baltimore Canoe and Kayak Club.

What’s the schedule?

Camping on Friday and Saturday nights, cycling events on Saturday, trail running, climbing, kayaking and hiking events on Sunday.  The trails are open throughout the event so if you want to use them while one of the other events is taking place you’re free to do so, we just ask that you be considerate and not interfere with participants in other organized events. Some suggestions include biking to Ellicott City or beyond, frisbee golfing at McKeldin, or geocaching just to name a few. 

2019 schedule of events

Can I bring my family?

You bet.

How much does it cost?

Every effort has been taken to keep registration fees to an absolute minimum, but there is a lot of resources involved in an event of this magnitude.  When you see the registration fees we think you will agree that they are some of the least costly of any Mid Atlantic event – our goal is accessibility and celebration, not revenue.  The event is free to attend and food and beverage is sold with little or no margin.

When can I sign up?

All links are on the website, and registration is now open.  Please preregister – it makes is so much easier on our dedicated volunteers!

How do I volunteer?

Send an email to patapscotrailfestvolunteer@gmail.com

How do I get involved, how does my group get involved?

We want you aboard. Send us an email through our contact page, or message us on Facebook- Link to our Facebook! 

Is there a rain date?

No, there is no rain date for Patapsco Trail Fest.