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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +56/141 ft
Total: 116 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rockburn Branch Park

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#57 of 97 mountain bike trails in Maryland
#8348 in the world

There are several trails to ride, some long steep hills and not too technical. It's fairly well used and
there are some park areas around it, a frisbee golf course and an old farm house.

A great warm up, or quick before/after work ride.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
http://www.co.ho.md.us/RAP/RAP_HoCoParksRockburn.htm Just outside of Patapsco State Park off Landing Road or Montgomery Road, behind Rockburn Elementary School
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  • Muddy wheels
    *****

    This trail was great. But there were a lot of small techey climbs with a lot of roots.

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  • Ken Harris
    ***

    This is a purpose built flow and skills track. It's a good place to practice jumps, rollers, climbs and downhill without a lot of technical stuff. It's not a hard place to ride and can be an enjoyable ride before or after riding the PVP Trails.

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  • enathan1
    ****

    Easy beginner loop around rockburn Park. Mostly packed single track and no obstacles. Winding turns and gradual, low grades make it a fun and light course. Only downside is it is quite often very populated.

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  • enathan1
    *****

    Awesome park overall, but more specifically, great place to learn to mountain bike. There are a variety of trails ranging from pavement to rooty windy inclines. No serious obstacles that could stop you and most stream crossing have bridges. No serious downhills or climbs but fun, fast, rolling terrain. Great place to pick up some confidence and skills. There is also a skills park which I haven't been to.

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  • Stinkbug14
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    The trails in Rockburn are okay, not great but good for those who don't want to go on a long ride. if you want to ride trails Potapsco is nearby so go there. The pump track is nice, but their is really no beginner jump line. Since it is placed on a hill maintain speed through the jumps is much easier, however you do have to ride back up this hill after you do the jump lines.

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  • Gottatrysomething
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    It's relatively dry and Sandy in some spots. However there are some parts of the trail that are muddy which made things interesting. I ended up across a busy road into another trail which i can't remember what the name of it was. Anyway the further I got the more roots were on the trail so I decided to turn back. Started on the trail around 830am and got off it around 1036 am. Enjoyed it for the most part and will come back. Learned to lead with the rear tire a little and it made riding more fun.

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  • Craig Pool
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    So there is roughly about 10 miles of decent beginner style trails here. For a good trail map of this park, and Patapsco I always recommend people go to Openstreetmaps.org, more specifically for this park: http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/39.2183/-76.7626&layers=C Rockburn is mostly double track, and the Southern side tends to be rooty and sandy. the Norther side has more single track, where some is mixed in with the Frisbee golfers, but others spots are not. There are some gravel roads, and paved areas also. The Nu Trail in a clockwise pattern is fast and flowy double track, but be on the look out for hikers. The more Northern/Western trails are single track, and while not too challenging to mix a some turns and roots in. Most of the trails in this park are good from new mountain bikers. The park is sort of known locally for that. You start in Rockburn, then eventually take the power line trail over into Patapsco, where the trails can get progressively harder. For a weekly night ride, our group starts at Rockburn Elementary and uses Rockburn as the warmup going into Patapsco.

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  • FireWire79
    *****

    I have to say, I really enjoyed riding here. The trails are short, intense, and loads of fun. I never knew that I could get comfortable in the air on a mountain bike. I have been looking form more trails like this in my area, but no such luck.

    The only gripe I have is that the pump track seems to be to small for a MTB. It made it difficult for me to get the free speed and felt a little tight, and that was on a small frame with 26" tires (May have been a lack of skill, but I just couldn't find it).

    All in all, I will go back. Definitely .

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  • Christopher M
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    Rode both the skills park and the park trails. The skills park is great. Lots of jumps, berms and lines to try. Lots of parking right next to the park. Wasn't very crowded when I went. The trails behind the park are ok. Lots of other trail users and the trail itself its wider than normal single track.

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  • PoeKneeTale
    *****

    Cant say much about the trails behind the skills park but the skills park is awesome. Pump track makes for a great workout after a few dozen laps, jump lines are huge and even the druffle shuffle is a lot of fun. I ride these on a DH bike from time to time, so they definitely arent "BMX only". . .

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  • Davez69gto
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    If you were on a bmx style bike this would be a nice place to go. The park is enjoyable even on a mountain bike however it is not what I was looking for. From a mountain biking perspective the trails had too much loose dirt and not enough obsticles. I felt bored. However if you are looking for trails to ride this would work for you.

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  • MtnBkrNewbie
    *****

    This track is great. The park is fun for hours for kids and adults. Been here for 4 hours already and my kids still don't want to leave. I am not much of a risk taker so I keep to the obstacles which are also challenging. Great fun

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  • akrantz
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    The skills park is for BMX kids. The MTB triails in the park are nice. There are a LOT of washed out sections. There are also some seriously muddy sections that are just awful. I ended up in another trail network but eventually made my way back into the Rockburn section.

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  • okayhop
    *****

    Plan and simple, this place is FUN! Every time I have come out, I always meet friendly people from tweens to grizzlied older guys that still urn for fun. The actual riding here won't get your mileage up for the year, but it will make you exponentially better on single tracks once you learn to ride the runs.

    The easy trail is most applicable to most local single tracks. Learning to pump the terrain here has helped me gain "free" speed at places like Rosaryville, Schaeffer Farms, and Fountainhead. The intermediate run has gotten me used to air time on a bike. It is also simply a lot of fun to try and clear the jumps. The advanced rock gardens are great for working on bombing through rock gardens in control without having to go too far into the wilderness to figure it out.

    Go spend a few hours here on whatever you like. BMX, XC, AM, DJ, anything will be a blast.

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  • TrickkyGangsta
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    Rockburn Branch Park (http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/rockburn-branch-park.html) is comprised of both the Rockburn Skills Park (http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/rockburn-skills-park.html) and Rockburn Branch Loop. The Rockburn Branch Loop actually connects the Rockburn Skills Park and Patapsco Valley State Park (once you cross Landin Rd to the Morning View Trail that is). The skills park is small but awesome. It is comprised of a pump track, an easy flow track with switchbacks, pump hills, and small jumps, a jump track with larger tabletop jumps, and a diamond back rock garden track. If the skills park gets to packed it almost wouldn't be worth the wait despite its fun-ness. The Rockburn Branch Loop isn't really much other than a connector trail to Patapsco ... nothing to really report there. The skills park is well worth your visit! Once you're done go ride some Patapsco single track!

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  • TrickkyGangsta
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    Rockburn Branch Park (http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/rockburn-branch-park.html) is comprised of both the Rockburn Skills Park and Rockburn Branch Loop (http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/rockburn-branch-loop.html). The Rockburn Branch Loop actually connects the Rockburn Skills Park and Patapsco Valley State Park (once you cross Landin Rd to the Morning View Trail that is). The skills park is small but awesome. It is comprised of a pump track, an easy flow track with switchbacks, pump hills, and small jumps, a jump track with larger tabletop jumps, and a diamond back rock garden track. If the skills park gets to packed it almost wouldn't be worth the wait despite its fun-ness. The Rockburn Branch Loop isn't really much other than a connector trail to Patapsco ... nothing to really report there. The skills park is well worth your visit! Once you're done go ride some Patapsco single track!

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  • TrickkyGangsta
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    Rockburn Branch Park is comprised of both the Rockburn Skills Park (http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/rockburn-skills-park.html) and Rockburn Branch Loop (http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/rockburn-branch-loop.html). The Rockburn Branch Loop actually connects the Rockburn Skills Park and Patapsco Valley State Park (once you cross Landin Rd to the Morning View Trail that is). The skills park is small but awesome. It is comprised of a pump track, an easy flow track with switchbacks, pump hills, and small jumps, a jump track with larger tabletop jumps, and a diamond back rock garden track. If the skills park gets to packed it almost wouldn't be worth the wait despite its fun-ness. The Rockburn Branch Loop isn't really much other than a connector trail to Patapsco ... nothing to really report there. The skills park is well worth your visit! Once you're done go ride some Patapsco single track!

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  • RoadWarrior
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    The trails themselves are as stated, wide beginner, The skills park is a different story, several different jump lines, pump track,and technical downhill XC line. Overall the skills park is small, but it's good for a 1/2 hr. of fun then head over to Patapsco

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  • *****

    This place is awesome, the jumps are sweet, pump track is amazing and the rock line is insane! I would go here every day if I could.

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