Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park’s many popular pavilions.
The park is nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery. We have 170 miles of trails, with 70 of those miles identified as maintained trails. There are hiker only trails and multi-use trails accessible from many areas of Patapsco.
In one of Maryland’s first state parks (1907), the valley and its natural resources have been enjoyed by the Native Americans, explorers, settlers and present-day citizens. With its source in Frederick and Carroll counties, the Patapsco serves the Port of Baltimore, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Avalon Visitor Center houses exhibits spanning over 300 years of history along the Patapsco River. Housed in a 19th century stone dwelling in the Avalon Area, the center includes a re-creation of a 1930’s forest warden’s office.
Water Contact Alert for South Branch of Patapsco River
posted November 20, 2013
The Carroll County Health Department has issued a water contact alert for the South Branch of the Patapsco River as a result of a recent sewage overflow. The public should avoid water contact with this area of the river through at least December 20, 2013. Please contact the Carroll County Health Department at 410-876-1884 for additional information.
Firewood Permits will be available Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting November 4th. They are valid for 14 days from date of purchase. The fee is $25 for two truck loads without sidewalls of ½ cord each. For additional information, call 410-461-5006.
Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Maps
New maps of the trails at Patapsco Valley State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.
- "Click" here to view the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail overview map of all park areas
- "Click" here to view the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Map of the Hollofield/Pickall areas
- "Click" here to view the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Map of the McKeldin area
- "Click" here to view the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Map of the McKeldin north area
- "Click" here to view the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Map of the Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove areas
- "Click" here to view the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Map of the Daniels area
- "Click" here to view the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Map of the Halethorpe area
- "Click" here to view the instructions for printing and downloading the Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Maps
2013-2014 Patapsco Valley / Soldiers Delight / Morgan Run Hunting Guide
Please note the opening day has changed for some areas. Be sure to consult this revised Patapsco Hunting Guide.
- Hunting Guide for Patapsco Valley, Soldiers Delight, Morgan Run
- Hunting Area Maps
- Hunting Area Maps
- Hunting Area Maps
Bloede Dam Project and Analysis
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently conducting a feasibility study to evaluate Bloede Dam's negative impact on the ecology of the Patapsco River and issues related to public safety.
The dam, located on the property of Patapsco Valley State Park, is an obstacle for fish passage, and it fragments aquatic habitat.
Bloede Dam is owned by the DNR. The Department is currently taking public comment on a report of the alternatives to address the problem.
If you would like to submit written comment, please email: email@example.com.
It's never too late to discover the joys of sitting around a roaring campfire, roasting marshmallows or sleeping under the stars!
With the new OPERATION: CAMPOUT! Program, we can lend you gear free of charge (includes a tent, chairs, stove, lantern and more). This program is designed for military individuals and military families new to camping or experienced campers stationed or recovering in this area. OPERATION: CAMPOUT! is an opportunity for families to reconnect with each other and the great outdoors in a comfortable, safe and relaxing setting.
Campsites have picnic tables and fire pits. Some sites have electric hook-ups. Restrooms and shower facilities are nearby.
Contact the park office directly by phone to make your reservation. Be sure to let us know you are reserving through OPERATION: CAMPOUT!
Patapsco Activities E-mail Alerts
Would you like to receive weekly e-mail updates on what is happening in Patapsco Valley State Park, Soldiers Delight and Morgan Run? Sign up to receive the Patapsco Valley News. Park staff send e-mails no more than twice a week highlighting special activities occurring throughout the park. Send your e-mail address to PatapscoValley-News@dnr.state.md.us to be added to our mailing list.
Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City MD 21043
Contact Patapsco Valley
Main Office: 410-461-5006
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to Sunset
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
- B&O Railroad Museum in Ellicott City - 8 minutes (www.ecborail.org)
- Merriweather Post Pavilion - 10 minutes (www.merriweathermusic.com)
- Baltimore Inner Harbor - 30 minutes(baltimore.org)
- Orioles Baseball - 30 minutes(baltimore.orioles.mlb.com)
- Ravens Football - 30 minutes (www.baltimoreravens.com)
- National Aquarium in Baltimore - 30 minutes (www.aqua.org)
- Baltimore Zoo - 30 minutes (www.marylandzoo.org)
- B&O Railroad Museum - 30 minutes (www.borail.org)
- Maryland Science Center - 30 minutes (www.mdsci.org)
- Washington, D.C. - 60 minutes (washington.org)
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us