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Home > Visit a Gateway > Patapsco Valley State Park
Patapsco Valley State Park - Ellicot City, MD

Hollofield Area – This area features a scenic river valley overlook, playgrounds, picnic sites including rental pavilions, fishing and camping. There are 73 campsites, some with electric hookups, a pet loop and a camp store. Hunting is available by permit.

Daniels Area – This area provides year-round flatwater canoeing for two miles of river behind Daniels Dam. Paddle your canoe or kayak and enjoy your lunch on rocks at the headwaters of the Patapsco. View abundant Great Blue Heron, kingfishers and beaver activity, or bring along your fishing rod. The Daniels Dam has a fish passage and accompanying exhibit.

Pickall Area – Eleven large picnic pavilions are available for rental by reservation only. Playgrounds and ball fields are also on site. Hunting is available by permit.

Hilton Area – Hiking trails and shaded picnic sites are available, along with a recycled tire playground. Youth group camping is available. There are 14 family campsites (tent camping only - no electricity). This area also has camper cabins, with heat and electricity, and a camp store/concession.

Avalon-Glen Artney-Orange Grove – This area offers hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, canoeing, bicycling, tubing, rental pavilions, fishing, equestrian trails, ball fields and playgrounds. The Orange Grove Scenic Area has a two mile drive along the Patapsco to the Swinging Bridge. A fish passage has been installed at Bloedes Dam. This area is known for several historical sites – the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Thomas Viaduct, remains of the Orange Grove Mill, Avalon Iron and Nail Works and Bloedes Dam. The Avalon Visitor Center houses exhibits detailing 300 years of Patapsco history.

McKeldin Area – This area offers youth group camping, picnicking, rental pavilions, playgrounds, fishing, ball fields, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian trails and a disc golf course. Hunting is available in designated areas by permit only. Hike, bike or horseback ride scenic valley trails.

Biking Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking
Size: 14,000 acres
Accessibility: All developed areas of the park have facilities that are accessible to the disabled. Most picnic pavilions and all restrooms are accessible. A one acre pond in the Avalon Area is restricted to fishing by those people under 16, over 61, or disabled with an Access Maryland Pass, and is accessible by wheelchair. Also in the Avalon Area is the scenic Grist Mill Trail, a 1.5 mile paved multi-purpose trail along the Patapsco River. The trail is wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair accessible platform for fly fishing is available to anglers at Morgan Run Natural Environment Area off Klee Mill Road.

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