This Maryland Hiking Trail Takes You to an Abandoned Town

The Old Church | © Patrick Gillespie/Flickr
The Old Church | © Patrick Gillespie/Flickr
Photo of Jasmine Eppes
Freelance Writer22 September 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, is generally known for its crab cakes, Old Bay seasoning and The Wire. However, did you know that in Baltimore an old ghost town full of abandoned memories awaits you to come, visit and reflect upon its remnants? There’s also a well-hidden secret — a hiking trail that brings you up close and personal to the abandoned town of Daniels.


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Where Is This Town Currently Located?

The town of Daniels used to be in the area that is now Patapsco Valley State Park, which extends along the Patapsco River. Patapsco Valley State Park is full of hiking trails, picturesque nature scenes, wooded areas, and so on. So if you plan on hiking through the town of Daniels, you’ll be in for a real treat.

Once you make the decision to begin the hiking trail to see the town, it’s best to park either in one of the designated areas within Patapsco Valley State Park, or you can park here at the beginning of the specific hiking trail.

Background On History Of The Town of Daniels

Daniels was originally a town full of textile mill workers who had some of the basic things that we do today, such as cars, churches, general stores, etc. Up until the 1960s, everything was great for the 90 families that lived in Daniels. However, things eventually took a turn for the worse. The mill closed and all 90 families that relied on the success of that mill had to move away.

To this day, no one has occupied that stretch of land. Therefore, there are memories that were left behind from the period of Daniels’ inhabitancy. There are still abandoned cars, churches and other ruins that will make you wonder what life was like for those townspeople. Were they happy with their lives? What was their daily life like? If the mill didn’t close, would they still be there today?

So many potential stories to explore.

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