PATAPSCO STATE PARK
Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,000 acres and five developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, disc golf as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park's many popular pavilions.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities, with several water trails available to explore the Patapsco River's scenic beauty. However, motorized boats aren't allowed in order to maintain peace and tranquility within the area. Boat rentals are not provided on-site; therefore, guests must bring their own equipment or rent from nearby facilities outside the park.
Enjoy fishing in a park that spans over 32 miles, offering freshwater and tidal portions. Species include trout, bass, catfish.
The Avalon area provides excellent opportunities for anglers to catch smallmouth bass and sunfish.
In the Daniels Area you can fish from shore or launch your own canoe or kayak into the river.
You'll find white perch during springtime at Elkridge Landing while Liberty Reservoir is home to largemouth bass year-round.
Remember Maryland's Department of Natural Resources requires all fishermen aged 16+ to have a license before casting their lines.
Patapsco State Park is located near Baltimore, Beltsville and Brooklyn
1. Patapsco State Park offers numerous picnic spots with tables and grills.
2. Shelters are available for large group picnics, requiring reservations.
3. Picnic areas near playgrounds provide family-friendly options.
4. Some sites offer beautiful river views perfect for a scenic lunch break.
5. Alcohol is permitted at designated picnic shelters only.
Biking enthusiasts can explore over 200 miles of trails, but should be aware that some are quite challenging.
The park offers both paved and off-road options for cyclists to enjoy.
Be cautious as the terrain varies from flat surfaces to steep hills with rocky paths.
A few routes may require advanced biking skills due to their technical nature and potential obstacles on trail.
Remember, not all areas permit bicycling; check signage or consult a map before setting out.
Riders must yield right-of-way when encountering horses or hikers on shared-use trails in order to avoid accidents
Ensure you wear appropriate safety gear such as helmets while riding through these scenic landscapes.
It's recommended beginners stick with easier courses until they're comfortable tackling more difficult ones.
Birdwatchers can enjoy over 200 species of birds, including warblers and hawks. The park offers guided birding tours. Various habitats like woodlands, wetlands and meadows attract diverse avian life. Bird checklists are available for tracking sightings.
From I-70 East take Rt. 40 to Marriottsville Rd. Turn left. Park entrance is 5 miles on the right.
From Rt. 26 take Rt. 26 to Marriottsville Rd. Go South 4 miles, park entrance is on the left.