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Patapsco Valley State Park

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Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone Number: 410-461-5005
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take a hike! play at a tirepark! play in the water!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Jessup, Maryland

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Jessup, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank Stacy B
Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank GBruz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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.

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District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Woodstock MD, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely got a great workout. The trails are steep but interesting. The river was gorgeous. It seems alot of people are rafting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for the first time in mid-June from the Ellicott City entrance on Rt. 40. There isn't really much there. There's a walking and a separate hiking trail and a bunch of picnic areas. Key thing is the hiking trail which leads to a small river. It is quite nice but pretty short. Still good for a quick... More 

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