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Patapsco Valley State Park

Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone Number: 410-461-5005
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

What a treat to have such a diverse natural resource, literally within minutes of the Baltimore/Columbia hubub. We come to one of the several stretches of Patapsco State Park almost weekly. There are strenuous trails past waterfalls, gentle paved trails along the river, swinging bridges, and tunnels running below active railways. There are portions of the park in which you... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were looking for a short, but worthwhile family hike and we had a nice time. We came in early November when the fall foliage was glowing. We will definitely come back!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Patapsco Valley State Park has many areas. McKeldin is one of my favorites as it seems more spacious and more convenient. They have a Frisbee golf course and nice hiking trails. Nice pavilions and play areas, too.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Pleasantly greeted; offered maps to the park grounds; given military discount; parking areas well light and maintained; would return again and again.

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Millville, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

During our visit the fall foilage was in its' full beauty, we visited the Ruins of the Female Institute and found the history and building beaufitul. It was amazing to walk through, and could be a pleasure for those interested in hiking.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We pulled up to the camp at 12:30, two and a half hours before check-in, and we were not allowed to enter at all! We were not allowed to even walk the trails! What a bad first impression to give your customers!

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63 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We went here on one of the days that allows you to fish in the park without a license or trout stamp, and first went to an area farther afield to get some peace and quiet to fish. Although we had a somewhat peaceful place, there was a large family a little ways away that started to have some "fun"... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

So far I have only explored the Hilton area of this park. I hiked both the buzzard's rock and saw mill trails. Reasonable price for entry (3$ per person on weekends) and plenty of parking on a busy Sunday. We had a hard time finding the entrance to the trails and in finding a posted map. Luckily I had a... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I did not think we'd be able to squeeze in a weekend camping trip this year, but then learned that there was a campground just 30 minutes away at Patapsco State Park, in the Hollofield Area of of Rt. 40. The campground is sprawling and clean, and well shaded. Really great spot for a local getaway or a cheap place... More 

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37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great for bikes, strollers, walkers, runners and hikers! The main path at Avalon area is well sized and starts out paved for at least 2 miles. We found visiting the historical markers in the park to be worthwhile. They were interesting.

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