Patapsco Valley State Park

Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City: Address, Phone Number, Patapsco Valley State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Patapsco Valley State Park
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SparkleGoth
Annapolis, MD507 contributions
Nov 2020
This is one of my favorite areas to hike, with so much natural beauty and many historic ruins. If you love beautiful old ruins as much as I do, then hike in the Daniels area and the old St. Mary’s College areas of the park.
Written October 18, 2021
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Jim M
Hellertown, PA116 contributions
Jul 2021
My family spent a wonderful morning at the park. We parked near the swinging bridge and took a short hike up the hillside to the Cascade Falls. We then crossed over the bridge and walked down to the river where everyone waded out into the water. Everyone had a great time. My son and his family have already been back to the park for another day of fun and adventure.
Written July 13, 2021
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Jennifer M
Philadelphia, PA95 contributions
May 2021
Wow! What a hike! We entered through the Avalon entrance ($2 admission for our car). Lots of parking available. Outside the parking lot was the swinging bridge. After the bridge, we turned right to enjoy the peaceful river. This area was paved and stroller-friendly. My 3 year old son loved throwing rocks into the river. We also saw many families bring water shoes for a nice dip on a hot day. Others were relaxing on beach chairs. Many were walking their dogs. Note that we didn't get any wi-fi signals in this area.

We then backtracked towards the Swinging Bridge to go on the Cascade Falls Trail (not paved). Within 10 or so minutes, we saw the waterfalls! There were small "pools" for kids to play in. It was a great hike, and we spent about 2 hours exploring! Wish we had more time, but our little one was ready for a nap.
Written May 25, 2021
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LisaCrowley
Hollywood, FL76 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This a scenic must do while traveling thru Maryland. A huge state park offering camping, hiking trails, pavilions for parties or reunions....this park has it all. Pack a cooler and bring a few folding chairs and sit by the river. Bring a few innertubes and let the kiddos float down the river a bit. Calm waters. Picnic areas with grills. Bathroom accessibility. Today was 3$ admission per person. Bring your bikes and ride through the park.I even saw people horseback riding. Lots of shade to be found even on the hottest days of summer.
Written May 22, 2021
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Wildflower Hawk
Glen Burnie, MD118 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
As my title says, it’s not the area in Ellicott City. I’ve been coming to this part of Patapsco Park for 20 years and just today took a new trail that was far less populated which was good for walking my dog-aggressive dog. The river became wide and unshaded toward the end of Cascade Trail(not to be confused with Cascade Falls Trail which is a different beauty). We were surprised by a snake so beware of that in the green next to the water. An easy asphalt flat walk with lots of sights!
Written April 20, 2021
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,546 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
After lunch in Elkridge, we went to this state park. Despite not living very far, we have never been here. We went in blind and definitely needed a map of which none were available. We found several hiking trails and a swinging bridge. The trees were bare still so it's not as scenic as I was hoping. Due to the beautiful, late winter weather, several were here hiking and bicycling. We will be back in the future.
Written March 14, 2021
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Mama Travels
16 contributions
Aug 2020
We started exploring this great state park late last year, and it is making us want for more warmer days so we can really get to those hiking trails. We went through the entrances on Woodstock Road and Daniels Area (no entrance fees). The latter has a dam (great photo opp!) and a great place for fishing. The former has no parking and you will have to park on the road. Plenty of swimmers come down this way in the summer so parking may be an issue. Unfortunately, some areas have litter and stamped out unauthorized campfires so the cleanliness could be better. There is also graffiti on some of the walls of rundown buildings. Nevertheless, it's good to have so much nature that's within a few miles from where we live.
Written February 6, 2021
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akt85
Madison, AL159 contributions
Nov 2020
I had a chance to take a late autumn hike with my brother and sister in law. It was a Monday so the trails were not crowded. The short hike we went on was pretty challenging as one had to hike up and down to get to a former dam on the river.

The trails could have been better marked. There is not much at this state park. There is a nice overlook by the campground area. The park also needs better maps. At least it was easy to social distance at this state park and cheap to get in.
Written November 3, 2020
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AnitaS484
Ocala, FL951 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Now living in Florida it was quite a treat to hike on an Autumn day on varied terrain. Dog friendly we had our trusty companion along and she also enjoyed our hike. Paths were pretty easy to follow. We stopped and had lunch beside a stream. Just a perfect day!!

Written October 31, 2020
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Svennicht
Rockville, MD66 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
This park has a destination worthy disc golf course. Has lots of port a potties. I only mention this because the damn app now insists my revives have a certainty m amount of characters!😖
Written October 9, 2020
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