Patapsco Valley is a stunning Maryland state park located in Ellicott City, Maryland. This gorgeous park extends 32 miles along the Patapsco River and spans 14,000 acres of land. If you enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and hunting, this is a park that has much to offer. You’ll love the ample opportunities for viewing wildlife and water activities.
Things to Do at Patapsco Valley
Grist Mill Trail
Grist Mill Trail is a wheelchair accessible trail that is paved, wide, and mostly level. If your kids love the river they’ll love exploring the cut outs to the river. If you exit the bridge and turn left you’ll hit the Bloede Dam. Several trails connect here, offering additional opportunities for exploration. Make sure you bring a camera and take pictures of the stunning views.
The Swinging Bridge
This iconic bridge is an absolute must do. You’ll get incredible views of the Patapsco River. Because it swings, you’ll want to be careful when crossing with small children, but that’s not a reason to miss out on the fun.
Keep this important park policies in mind (directly from the park website).
- Archery-only hunting for deer permitted on 3,760 acres of designated hunting areas with daily sign-in required – Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit required
- Mercer property – Archery/Muzzleloader hunting for deer permitted on 150 acres of designated hunting areas with Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit/reservation required
- Hunt from Vehicle provisions for disabled hunters
- Pets are allowed in the Avalon, Orange Grove, Glen Artney and McKeldin Areas of Patapsco Valley State Park.
- Pets are allowed in the day-use area of the Hilton Area. Pets are prohibited in the campground of the Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park.
- Pets are allowed in the day-use and campground areas of the Hollofield Area of Patapsco Valley State Park.
- Pets are prohibited in the Pickall area of Patapsco Valley State Park.
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