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“Best kids bike path in the area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Patapsco Valley State Park

Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-461-5005
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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YPSILANTI
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best kids bike path in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

A great stroll for the adults too. Wide asphalt paths along a wooded river connect the swimming holes. Historic plaques at the grist mill ruins and train trestle. An easy climb to Crystal falls at the end of the 3 mile path (restrooms nearby). Those with a fear of heights may find the wood suspension bridges a challenge. Several side paths for those who can handle rough terrain and steep climbs.

Visited September 2013
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Excellent hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This beautiful park is an oasis. Excellent hiking trails from easy to challenging. You can hike and bike on a trail or along a paved path. Great mountain biking, a swinging bridge and a hike up to falls are among the popular activities at this park. You can also float down the wide stream in a tube. There are picnic, camping and bathrooms that help to make this a versatile fun outdoor experience.

Visited July 2013
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Severn, Maryland
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“A pleasant afternoon away from the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I moved to Maryland two summers ago and have enjoyed Patapsco immensely. My first experience was on a 10 mile trail run that took us up hills, along a river, over bridges and along history. The scenery certainly made for a relaxing and enjoyable run among the trees. Since the first time I went I've returned to hike and bike as well. The park is always clean with the facilities kept up well making for a great afternoon out. I'd recommend Patapsco to anyone wanting a slice of Maryland without having to drive too far from DC or Baltimore.

Visited April 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Country Setting Close to City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

If you are looking for a natural country park setting with the added bonus of a picturesque river, Patapsco Valley State Park is a good choice. Nice and varied hiking/walking trails, an old-fashioned pedestrian cable suspenion bridge, and many picnicking/recreation areas. Throw in the bonus of loads of historical places from the first chartered railroad in America (the B&O) to the ruins of several private "finishing" schools dating from the 1800s and you have a unique park. And all of it located less than 20 minutes from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Facilities at the Park's several accesses vary, but are generally adequate for your family needs. All in all, a nice alternative to traveling hours to find a rural country setting. Side factoid: the Park was the setting for most of the shooting of "The Blair Witch Project". You will not find the house associated with the movie, though: it was torn down for safety reasons.

Visited May 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“very nice for a walk in the woods in thr middle of an urban/suburban area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Pock a fine weather day ad you'll enjoy climbing up and over paths and trails.Sounds of teh stream and wildflowers adds to the enjoyment

Visited August 2012
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