This is the perfect semi-trail! Park at the lot in front of the bathrooms…. Head up the pathway next to the bathrooms for a quick switchback. It is a drop off along the path, and we have seen all sorts of wildlife so keep excited dashers by the hand.
Go On A Swinging Bridge Hike At Maryland's Patapsco Valley State Park
Grist Mill Trail is a 8. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Patapsco Valley State Park charges a fee to enter. Fees vary depending on time of year.
It is a suspension bridge consisting of a wooden deck supported by large cables. The Patapsco Valley has a history of "swinging" bridges built for pedestrian travel from one side of the river to the other. The Orange Grove Flour Mill was one such popular crossing and is where the current bridge now stands. The first bridge was built by the Orange Grove Flour Mill for employees to cross the river. The new swinging bridge, built by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources , is one of the most well known and most popular attractions at the Patapsco Valley State Park.
Disclaimer: Caution must be used at all times as natural hazards exist at Patapsco Valley State Park. Please play wisely and follow the applicable state guidance for travel and safety considerations. The park is very large and encompasses a lot of the land surrounding the Patapsco River. There are many unique sites to see in this park.