We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Patapsco Valley State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043-3499
Phone Number: 410-461-5005
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 160 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 100
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
A hidden gem in our midst

In my backyard lies Patapsco state park. You can hike, bike, run MILES of trails through woods, along the Patapsco River, and around Ellicott City. They also offer camping, day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dtmx5
,
Columbia, MD
Add Photo Write a Review

160 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 158: English reviews
Columbia, MD
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In my backyard lies Patapsco state park. You can hike, bike, run MILES of trails through woods, along the Patapsco River, and around Ellicott City. They also offer camping, day use picnic areas along the river. You can also fish here. Very scenic and beautiful, it's such a treasure to have so close by. I have come here on certain... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dtmx5
Silver Spring, Maryland
Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Went to hollofield area, paid $15 for my family to enter and was very disappointed!there were a few pavilions. The walk Down to the water was extremely steep and impossible for kids to walk. Elderly and children wouldn't be able to access the river. When you reach the river there are no facilities, no place to sit or bathroom. We... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank letsgetaway7782
Jessup, Maryland
Level Contributor
182 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

We've been hiking and playing in Patapsco for years now and it's an actual gem right near Baltimore and DC. Here are our favorite things we've done so far: Playing at the tire park! A huge recycled playground is in the Hilton area, in Catonsville and near the group camping area. It's super shady with lots of structures for big... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank crayolabird
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

This park is huge with lots of entrances from various areas. We frequently mountain bike, road bike, and hike in this park. There are beautiful waterfalls and rivers to kayak, canoe, tube, or swim in. It is clean and safe with lots of shade. There are secluded area and also areas with pavilions and playgrounds.

Helpful?
Thank Stacy B
Ellicott City, Maryland
Level Contributor
242 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

The park is fairly large and accessible in 4 locations. I have hiked all of the maintained trails, most are easy with a couple that are moderate. The only quirk is that some trails are use by the off-road bicyclist, who have the right-of-way. Most will give adequate warning and even slow-down. There are the occasional few that will just... More 

Helpful?
Thank jrzj42
Ellicott City, Maryland
Level Contributor
29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Patapsco is a very large State park with many beautiful trails. They have many paved paths which makes it easy for walking, strollers and bikes. We live near the Hillcrest//Avalon area and often take our dog for walks there. My son enjoys kayaking in the Daniel's area. The park is well utilized especially on weekends.

Helpful?
Thank GBruz
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

very nice Park! I was here at first time. On a very hot day, the park is still cool and I was relaxed and fun with my friend. Some people came with family or kids or grandparents,and friends. There are a way for hiking and a way for easy walking.

Helpful?
Thank Pa n
District of Columbia
Level Contributor
295 reviews
217 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I can't say it is one of the best parks, but it is decent for walking and relaxation. Parks are near cities, so don't take a long to get there and enjoy your time.

Helpful?
Thank 8Oiseaux
Woodstock MD, United States
Level Contributor
52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We've been to the part out by Rt 1 for church picnics and it's good for that. Nice paviliion, though the parking is inadequate. We also go the part up on Marriottsville sometimes which is quite different in nature. Mostly wooded with a lot of small pavilions. We like it. Quiet. No alcohol allowed, which is too bad; it'd be... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dale H
Ellicott City, Maryland
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We went to the Avalon section, off Rte. 1 in Catonsville. The only trouble we had was that the trails are not well marked, so even though we had a map, we were never sure if we were on the right trail. Somehow, we made it to our destination, Cascade Fall, just took a circuitous route. It was lovely, and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank ECSharon

Travelers who viewed Patapsco Valley State Park also viewed

 

Been to Patapsco Valley State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Patapsco Valley State Park and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Patapsco Valley State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?