Grist Mill Trail is a 5. 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. Perfect for after work before you catch the sun before it sets. Nice scenery riding along the lake and some historic ruins to pass by and swinging bridge. Love doing this trail!
Swinging bridge - Picture of Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City
Swinging bridge - Picture of Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City - TripAdvisor
The eastern 1. The trail is gentle and wheelchair accessible. It passes by the Swinging Bridge and Bloede's Dam. The mill burned in , but you can cross the bridge to view the ruins. Bloede's Dam, on the National Register of Historic Places, is said to be the world's first submerged electrical generating plant, which was housed under water inside dam. You may not come within feet of it both above and below the dam.
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.