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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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Columbia, Maryland
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Top Contributor
620 reviews 620 reviews
182 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Linthicum Heights, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I frequent this location just to get away to hike, relax, and to be a part of nature. I am a budding photographer and looking through the lens provides a glimpse of Heaven...This Park is gorgeous and offers much to many...hiking, biking, picnicking, reading, relaxing, photographing, fishing. So many marked trails; everything is here, a must see!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Patapsco has great hiking and water activities. There is a great playground at the Hilton entrance. I hike there regularly with my family. Good picnicking areas as well.

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Odenton, Maryland
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It's one thing to charge per vehicle, but per person...for an active duty family...on memorial day? And not for camping, just for day-use picnic.

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