Vineyard Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.71 out of 5
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Intermediate
15.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,800 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
97
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Patapsco Valley State Park is open all year. The park is indeed a VALLEY.The Patapsco River cuts through Maryland and at the Avalon Area,creates a steep walled Valley.Perfect for short but treacherous single track riding. Some of the best single track on the East Coast is found here. You take a 1/2 mile downhill ride across streambeds and all singletrack.Then you can take any number of trails back to the top of the valley.Chances are you won't be back at the Park & ride. The trail system is over twenty miles in this section of Pa Taps Co alone. This description doesn't cover the McKinley Area or Hilton Area of Patapsco. Use caution on these trail systems and try not to ride alone.It's more fun with a group any way.Always take spare tubes and chain breakers. If you get stuck in this area of the park,You will have a tough time getting back. Always stay on the trails and treat the area with utmost respect. This is a river valley and we all know about erosion don't we?The trails in Avalon are some very technical trails. If you are new to MTB,please ride with a friend or be very careful.If you are an experienced rider,the challenges are endless.We have been riding Patapsco for twenty years and never tire of it's variety of trails and natural beauty.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Singletrack


October 31, 2019
rmap01 Singletrack  
 
Review: Hard to see how this is rated the #2 Trail in MD when it's been 5 years since the last review. The Vineyard Springs Trail itself is actually less than a mile long. It's typically ridden downhill as you have an opportunity to pick up some some good speed. But there's nothing particularly technical or memorable about the trail itself. The rest of the Glen Artney area has a number of other trails including Soapstone and Bulls Run which are nice and flowy. What's cools is that this area connects to the Hilton area via the Santee Branch where the riding Has some more technical features on Saw Mill and Buzzards Rock. Any ride in that section should end by blasting down Drugs for a nice endorphin rush. From there you can cross over the hanging bridge to the Avalon side or head back up toward the Park and Ride. (NB: FWIW, I would rate the broader Glen Artney as 4.0 and the Hilton area as a 4.5)




Bunny Hop

August 22, 2014
semitones Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Vineyard is a fast, fun trail. There are 3 dips/wallrides, plenty of fast rocky sections. It's a good place to learn to be more comfortable with speed. Ends at the river road paved trail -- starts at foxhall road (which is also accessible from the fireroad after soapstone (fireroad -> right on the road, take the short connector trail at the top of the hill -- big sign says vineyard).




Bunny Hop

June 23, 2014
 
Review: Nice single-track ride. Started at the blue trail to white then red. 3/4 of the trail was downhill with many fun obstacles and a few trials. All obstacles are optional, there are ways around everything. I rode the same trail in reverse back to my car. Even the uphill wasn't so bad because it was hard packed.




Granny Gear

July 15, 2012
jeffro3006 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Alot of fun on a 12 mile ride after coming in from the Soapstone Trail entrance by the park and ride. First time on it so couldn't exactly bomb it but it was still alot of fun!

Similar Trail: Patapsco Avalon Area




Bunny Hop

May 29, 2012
JMOvechkin Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Patapsco Park definitely has the best trails around. To get to the Vineland trail I like to park at the Park and Ride off of Rolling Road. Cross the street and enter a steep downhill (Ive busted my ass right off the bat here). Continue for about a mile until you come to another parking lot, find the uphill and take it! Its a short but brutal climb. When you get to the top you will come out to asphalt. Go right for about 400m and you will see a short driveway to a small parking lot, there will be a gate in front of a fire road, take the fire road and you will find Vineland.

Similar Trail: Any Patapsco trail




Gnarly

April 9, 2011
jfigel76 Gnarly  
 
Review: This trail is part of the Patapsco Valley State Park (Avalon Area) trail system. It does provide ample free parking to access the park. From the parking lot, it is all downhill into the valley and to other trails.

Similar Trail: Patapsco Valley State Park (Avalon Area)




Bunny Hop

July 13, 2005
schmuck Bunny Hop  
 
Review: All of these trails connect (avalon, vineland) so you should really just call it patapsco. It's truly a one-stop shop for mtb. Just go and enjoy!!!






July 19, 2004
Guest   
 
Review: I'm from Annapolis and now live in Georgia and I haven't found anything like Avalon down here. It is a very technical trail system with all kinds of options. There are some great valley runs up and dwon the river basin with rocks and logs alike. Theres a few fields to ride through that are awesome...get some speed going through the fields it's fun. This park is by far the best I have ridden on the east coast, it's my home trail and I miss it. Be good to it and have fun but get ready for a challenge.



Vineyard Trail MTB Trail 4.71 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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