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Patapsco Valley State Park

8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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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
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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Patapsco Valley State Park is a great park. It covers a huge landscape and has multiple hiking trails. It's beautiful both in the winter and the summer. Hiking, picnic-ing, biking, walking, running... you name it, you can do it here. As a note, I usually park on Hilton Ave in Catonsville.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I grew up in Baltimore County and never ever get tired of visiting Patapsco. Each Area of the park has something different to offer. Alberton is a easy walking/biking trail. Steeped in history, you can see the remains of a town wiped out by Hurricane Agnes. McKeldin has more challenging trails. Picknall is great for picnics with pavilions to rent.

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We stayed at the Hollofield campground over the 4th of July weekend, 2014. Thursday and Friday were beautiful and my wife and I commented on how this was one of the best campsites we've stay at with our 16' travel trailer. All the sites were clean and equally appealing with flat gravel pads that drained well and large fire pits... More

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Ocean City, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Patapsco park system follows the Patapsco river from sykesville to Baltimore with many areas that are connected only by the river. The areas vary greatly in offerings and the experience will also. Some like the Mckeldin, Rt 40, and Elkridge/Illchester area have complete offerings from picnic areas to ball fields to restrooms while others like the Daniels areas barely... More

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Chevy Chase, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Such a large park with lots of varied hiking choices, plus great history and sights. There are multiple entry locations that allow you to avoid the crowds on weekends.

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