Patapsco Valley State Park

Quick Facts

Patapsco Valley State Park

Maryland

(410) 461-5005

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Things To Do

Overview

Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park's many popular pavilions.

The park is nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery. There are 170 miles of trails, with 70 of those miles identified as maintained trails. There are hiker only trails and multi-use trails accessible from many areas of Patapsco.

In one of Maryland's first state parks (1907), the valley and its natural resources have been enjoyed by the Native Americans, explorers, settlers and present-day citizens. With its source in Frederick and Carroll counties, the Patapsco serves the Port of Baltimore, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The pet policy varies by region of the park. Please visit the park's website for current restrictions.

Map of Patapsco Valley (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.296189, -76.790758

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Activities

  • Boating

    The river is accessible in many areas for paddling.

  • Bicycling

    There are hiker only and multi-use trails throughout throughout the park. Visit the park's website for specific information by region of the park.

  • Camping

    The Hollofield and Hilton sections of the park offer a variety of different campsites. Please call park for details.

  • Fishing

    Fishermen can enjoy miles of river, tributary streams and ponds throughout the park.

  • Hiking

    There are hiker only and multi-use trails throughout the areas of Patapsco Valley State Park.

  • Historic Sites

    The Avalon Visitor Center houses exhibits spanning over 300 years of history along the Patapsco River. Housed in a 19th century stone dwelling in the Avalon Area, the center includes a re-creation of a 1930's forest warden's office.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horeseback riders should contact the park regarding equestrian trails.

  • Hunting

    Permits for seasonal hunting at Soldiers Delight NEA, Patapsco Valley State Park, and Morgan Run NEA are available by contacting park staff at 410-461-5005.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and Pavilions (by reservation) are available throughout the various areas of Patapsco

  • RVing

    Hollofield section of the park offers a variety of different RV sites. Please call park for details.

Directions

Driving

Directions to Avalon: *From the Beltway (I-695) take Route 1 ( Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Route 1 South about 3 miles to South Street. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. * From I-95 take I-195 to Route 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South Street. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. * From Howard County follow Route 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left on South Street. Park entrance is on the left.

Directions to Orange Grove: * From the Beltway (I-695) take Route 1 ( Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Route 1 South about three miles to South Street. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. * From I-95 take I-195 to Route 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South Street. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. * From Howard County follow Route 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left on South Street. Park entrance is on the left.

Directions to Glen Artney: * From the Beltway (I-695) take Route 1 ( Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Route 1 South about three miles to South Street. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. * From I-95 take I-195 to Route 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South Street. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. * From Howard County follow Route1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left on South Street. Park entrance is on the left.

Directions to Hollofield: * From the Beltway (I-695) take Route 40 West ( Exit 15). Follow Route 40 West two miles to the park entrance on the right. * From I-70/Route29 take Route 29 South ( Exit 87) to Route 40 East two miles to the park entrance on the right.

Directions to Hilton: * From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), take Exit 13, Frederick Road west. follow for two miles and turn left on South Rolling Road. At first intersection, bear right in Hilton Avenue. Continue 1.5 miles and turn right into park. * From I-95, take exit 47 (keep left on exit ramp), heading north (Route 166) to South Rolling Road. Follow 1.8 miles and make a sharp left on Hilton Avenue. Continue 1.5 miles and turn right into park.

Directions to Pickall: * From Beltway ( I-695) take Security Boulevard (Exit 17) westbound. Go 0.5 miles and turn left on North Rolling Rd. Take next right (Fairbrook Road) Go one mile , turn left on Johnnycake Rd. Go 1.5 miles to Park Entrance on the left. * From Route 40 take Route 40 East to North Rolling Road toward Security Square Mall. Go 2.5 miles, turn left onto Fairbrook Road. Follow above directions.

McKeldin Directions: * From I-695/I-70 West take I-70 to Marriottsville Road ( Exit 83). Go North on Marriottsville Road for four miles to the park entrance on the right. * From I-70 East take Route 40 to Marriottsville Road. Turn left. Park entrance is five miles on the right. * From Route 26 take Route 26 to Marriottsville Road. Go South four miles, park entrance is on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(410) 461-5005

Campground reservations

(888) 432-2267

Links

Comments

The McKeldin area of the park has an excellent disc golf course. This is an excerpt from the park website:

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/patapscomckeldin.asp

*Disc Golf Course* – A Nationally known Disc Golf Course flows throughout the McKeldin Area. Eighteen challenging holes provide a popular past time for families and groups as they take on forested fairways, open fields and pin locations that can be fun and challenging for both the amateur and professional disc golfer. The objective is much the same as ball golf, but players use a disc instead of a ball and clubs. The player's goal is to put the disc in the "hole" or basket in the fewest number of throws.