Patpasco Trail Fest is the premier trail user event for Patapsco Valley. The idea of PVSP Trail Fest was created to unite as many user groups as possible in one weekend. We want PVSP Trail Fest to truly benefit the users of the park with great events for all disciplines. Mountain biking, Trail Running, Hiking, Camping, climbing, canoeing and many other events are all included within the weekend! Check out all of the races and activities we will be hosting, and come join us!
Please visit this website for more Information: http://pvsptrailfest.com/
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, 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, demo and food trucks, playgrounds etc. etc.
What happened to the Patapsco Epic and the Patapsco 100?
Both the Patapsco Epic and the Patapsco 100 are being tabled.
Why? There are several reasons:
Our community is a diverse group of users. Many mountain bikers use the trails included in the Epic and the 100 for more than just knobby tires.
The highly successful Patapsco Trail Work Series consistently has volunteers representing many different interests and groups. Expanding the scope of the event to include activities other than biking benefits the entire community and the park.
The Epic and 100 were both scheduled to fit within the endurance racing season. By shortening the event and moving the date to September, we believe it can be enjoyed by more people, with less schedule conflicts and optimal trail conditions.
In short, the Patapsco community has decided to have one inclusive event to celebrate the remarkable trail system that we all share and enjoy, and to promote camaraderie and stewardship across user groups.
Who are the organizations behind the Patapsco Trail Fest?
The event will be presented by a coalition of nonprofits including MORE, Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, Old Line Velo, Adventures For The Cure, the Patapsco Valley 50K, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway and the Mountain Club of Maryland.
What’s the schedule?
Camping on Friday and Saturday nights, cycling events on Saturday, trail running 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, kayaking in Daniels, frisbee golfing at McKeldin, or geocaching just to name a few.
Can I bring my family?
How much does it cost?
Every effort has been taken to keep fees to an absolute minimum, but there is a nominal cost to put on an event of this magnitude. When you see the registration fees we think you will agree that the fees are some of the least costly of any Mid Atlantic event – our goal is accessibility and celebration, not revenue.
The Epic and the 100 were fundraisers, why not focus on raising funds?
We are raising funds for the park through the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park and its annual fundraiser, Cocktails for Trails, that takes place annually at Elkridge Furnace Inn.
We strongly encourage everyone to come out and support this event, it’s a heck of a nice party and assembly of folks who make Patapsco so great. And, please – if you have connections with granting organizations, businesses or would like to make a contribution – please let us know! Your support goes directly to Patapsco Valley State Park.
When can I sign up?
All links are on the website.
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?
Yes, the following weekend, September 24/25.
For the Mountainbiker:
There will be several Mountain Biking races and rides to accommodate all riders. Stay tuned for more information, or visit the registration page.
We are lucky to have such a great mountain biking community here in Patapsco, and we want everyone to get together for some great riding with a large celebration at the end of the day!
Here’s the link to bike reg to register: https://www.bikereg.com/patapsco-trail-fest
For you runners:
There will be a variety of Trail Running events this weekend to accommodate all types of runners! A marathon and half marathon are being offered to truly test endurance as well as a 1-Mile Kids Fun Run, an 11K, and 6k this year also!
Registration is being handled online here this year: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=38150
Camping is also Available:
Camping will be allowed in the Pickall area of Patapsco Valley for the night of the 16th and 17th. Smaller activities will be offered during the afternoons and evenings after main events take place. Camping will be the best way to link up the weekend to enjoy all of the activities offered!