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Tall Poplar Trail South Fork

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -133' -41 m
High: 430' 131 m
Low: 297' 90 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Patapsco Heritage Greenway

Half-mile stretch of trail on a gradual decline with few obstacles and an abundance of old growth trees.

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

Description

The south fork of the Tall Poplar Trail offers a gentle climb down towards the south branch of the Patapsco and the Switchback Trail. The path splits off of the Tall Poplar Trail Main Branch just as the trail reaches a small running shelter built near the trailhead.

The trail is generally easy with few obstacles and only low-grade slopes. Due to its overall flatness, the trail does have areas that drain poorly and runners should avoid it after heavy rains to prevent damage to the trail. Before the trail opens up to the Switchback Trail to the southwest, there is a short connector to another parking lot and the disc golf course in McKeldin.

True to its name, Tall Poplar Trail is covered in old growth tulip poplar trees, creating a high canopy for the trail with an impressive view.

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#497

in Maryland

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Prime example of the large poplar trees that stand along the Tall Poplar Trail.
Jul 1, 2019 near Sykesville, MD
Small shelter for hikers near the east trailhead for the Tall Poplar Trail
Jul 1, 2019 near Sykesville, MD
Lillies of the Valley in bloom.
Sep 14, 2019 near Sykesville, MD

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