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Paved Grist Mill Trail in Patapsco Pk closing

Paved Grist Mill Trail in Patapsco Pk closing

       Beginning Tuesday, Sept 5  the paved Grist Mill Trail in Patapsco St Pk will be closing for 18 months for a sewer line relocation; in preparation for removing the Bloede Dam.  This Dam has been a obstacle for fish and a serious hazard to swimmers.

        The Grist Mill Trail is part of the popular bike route linking the Catonsville - Relay areas with River Road and historic Ellicot City.  If you haven't done this easy loop and enjoyed the Grist Mill Trail, I encourage you to do so in the next few days.  I usually start on Edmondson Ave, just outside the Beltway.  I head west on Edmondson and about a half mile later turn left ( south) to reach Route 144. I then turn right ( west) on 144 and about a mile later turn left at the light onto Rolling Rd south. Following Rolling Rd's twists and turns, I turn right at the park entrance, just before Route 1.  I ride the park road (no charge for bikes) to the swinging bridge, walk my bike over this short bridge, and make a left onto the soon to be closed Grist Mill Trail.  When the trail ends after a narrow bridge crossing the Patapsco, I go right and follow the Patapsco River on my left to Old Frederick Rd, Route 144.  After turning left I take 144 to Ellicott City, where most of the shops are now open after last year's July flood. Bean Hollow is good for coffee or lunch.  I then reverse directions, recross the Patapsco, and take the 2nd left to pick up the Trolley Trail.  I take this Trail to the north end at Edmondson Ave, where I make a right to return to the Edmondson Ave start, just outside the Beltway.  CHECK OUT THIS RIDE FRIDAY or DURING THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.  I advise going early to avoid the Labor Day crowds.

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