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Patapsco Valley State Park

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Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone Number: 410-461-5005
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History, nature and beautiful landscapes next to the city.

I have hiked, camped, stayed in mini-cabins, cycled and explored most of the areas of his vast park. There is distinct history including railroad, manufacturing and areas that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Rick B
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Denton, Maryland

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Denton, Maryland
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have hiked, camped, stayed in mini-cabins, cycled and explored most of the areas of his vast park. There is distinct history including railroad, manufacturing and areas that were makeshift campgrounds 100 years ago. It is a greenway park, following the river watershed, with pockets of areas designed for use. Those pockets are sources or parking and amenities. If you... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Patapsco Valley Park is close to folks living in the surrounding Baltimore metropolitan area. It offers many hiking trails, and at some entrances, other activities such as golf-Frisbee, and mountain biking. However, I go to enjoy the outdoors - it is well kept, though a handful of people still litter (which I pick up and recycle), and it is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The railroad trek was beautiful even in freezing cold. We did a 2.5 hours trek alongside Patapsco river.

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Elkridge, Maryland
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98 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Nice place for hiking and scenery. Very little parking and roads very narrow: be careful! Would recommend for family time.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Patapsco Valley is a great Maryland state park for hiking - as well as picnics and other outdoor activities. Given the numerous "areas", like Hollofield, McKeldin, and others, the park is very large with a number of good hiking trails or varying length and terrain. Some hidden gems are a number of historical sites and artifacts along some of the... More 

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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

PVSP is comprised of a series of discreet areas, each of which is along the Patapsco River near Baltimore, MD. On this visit, I did a 5.7 miles hike within the McKeldin Area of PVSP, one of the smaller areas in the system. McKeldin Area trails are typically easy to moderate, without any serious hills. This time, the focus was... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I love this park and it's wide open Pavillions We had a church picnic there this year as well as my Masonic organizations annual picnic. The only issue consistently here is the long lines at the gate. It has sometimes taken over thirty minutes just to get into the park. They need to figure this out!!!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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371 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

All kinds of adventures can be had here - fishing, hiking, picnicking, etc.. I went for a winter hike on a frozen trail.

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Smithtown, New York
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This is a nicely kept park with many areas for picnic. There are also hiking trails, but it's rather hilly for a casual walk. Not the best park I've been to.

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Temecula, California
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

The weather was gorgeous & the trails were just beautiful!!! I live in California & I'm a Flight Attendant who has seen the world..This is LOVELY!!! Take time to go into the town & get a bite to eat too!!

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