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2015 Reservation/Transaction Fees:

In addition to the park facility use fee, there is a nightly reservation/transaction fee. Internet reservations, the per night fee is $4.56. Call Center, the per night fee is $4.61. Walk-In transactions at the park, the per night fee is $4.51. Reservation/Transaction Fees are Non-Refundable.


Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Thu Jun 02 2016


Nature Exploration, History and Recreation Galore! Enjoy the woods and water along the Patapsco for varied recreation including camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback trails and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park's many pavilions available for rental. It features a view of the historic Thomas Viaduct, the world's longest multiple-arched stone railroad bridge, located in the park's Avalon Area. You also can walk across the 300-foot suspension swinging bridge in the Orange Grove Area.


Interactive Maps and Trail Guide can be found at:


Please read what our campers and visitors are saying about Patapsco Valley State Park:

The new paving is great in the Hollofield area campground but most of all the Rangers are amazing. Helpful, considerate and friendly.

You make the guests feel welcome. One ranger came to our campsite with a partially blind bird and spoke to us for quite some time about the bird. The first day back to school, it was all one of my daughter's could talk about to the other students.

The host was friendly. The firewood service was a reasonable alternative to the ash borer ban. The decor of the little log cabin was a nice experience for my kids.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Baseball/Softball Fld
  • Basketball Net/Court
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Disk Golf
  • Dump Station
  • Dumpster
  • Educational Programs
  • Electricity
  • Evening Programs
  • Fire Ring With Grill
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Hot Showers
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Naturalist
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Program
  • Park Headquarters
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • River
  • Standing Grills
  • Stargazing
  • Swing Bridge
  • Tent Area
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Accessible
  • Trails, Horse
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Tubing
  • Visitors Center
  • Volleyball
  • Water Fillup Station
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Youth Group Camping

Alerts and Important Information

Multiple Reservations
Any person or group requiring 3 or more rentals (campsites, shelters, or any combination, there of) must first contact the Park Headquarters at 410-461-5006 prior to making reservation.

  1. The consumption or possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage will be prohibited in all state park areas with the exception of the interior areas of full service cabins & motorhomes.
  2. Permits may be issued upon request by the park manager for special events operating under a use agreement.
  3. Alcohol permits will only be issued through the Reservation System (1-888-432-2267) for a designated shelter, or other approved facility at the time of creation of your reservation or any time prior to your reservation date.
  4. A $35 fee will be charged for each alcohol permit and MUST be obtained prior to the event.
  5. If you have reserved in the Pickall Area both of two adjacent shelters, 705A and B, 706A and B or 707A and B; then you need only purchase one (1) permit.
  6. Permits may be revoked for cause by Park Manager, their designee or a Natural Resources Police Officer.
  7. For additional alcohol information, visit:http://dnr2.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/alcoholfaq.aspx

    Visit our website: http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/central/patapsco.asp

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.29472, -76.78583
39°17'41"N, 76°47'9"W

*Pickall Area -
  • 8125 Johnnycake Rd., Baltimore,MD 21244
  • From the Beltway (I-695) take Security Blvd. (Exit 17) westbound. Go 0.5 mile and turn left on North Rolling Rd. Take next right (Fairbrook Rd.). Go 1 mile, turn left on Johnnycake Rd. Go 1.5 miles. Park Entrance is on the left.
  • From Rt. 40 take Rt. 40 to North Rolling Rd. toward Security Square Mall. Go 2.5 miles, turn left onto Fairbrook Rd. Follow above directions.

    *Hilton Area -
  • 1101 Hilton Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228
  • From the Beltway (I-695) take Frederick Rd. (Exit 13) through Catonsville to South Rolling Rd. Turn left and make first right onto Hilton Avenue. Bear left and follow Hilton Ave. 1.5 miles to the park entrance on right.
  • From Howard County follow Frederick Rd. through Ellicott City into Baltimore County, turn right at South Rolling Rd. and follow directions above.

    * Hollofield Area -
  • 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • From the Beltway (I-695) take Rt. 40 West (Exit 15). Follow Rt. 40 West 2 miles to the park entrance on the right.
  • From I-70/Rt. 29 take Rt. 29 South (Exit 87) to Rt. 40 East 2 miles to the park entrance on the right.

    * Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove/Lost Lake Areas -
  • 5120 South St, Halethorpe, MD 21227
  • From the Beltway (I-695) Take Rt. 1 (Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Rt. 1 South about 3 miles to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
  • From I -95 take I-195 to Rt. 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
  • From Howard County follow Rt. 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left onto South St. Park entrance is on the left.

    * McKeldin Area -
  • 11676 Marriottesville Rd, Mariottsville, MD 21104
  • From I-695/I-70 West take I-70 to Marriottsville Rd. (Exit 83). Go north on Marriottsville Rd. for 4 miles to the park entrance on the right.
  • 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.
  • Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    8020 Baltimore National Pike
    Ellicott City  MD  21043

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (410)461-5006
    Avalon Area - Thomas Viaduct Avalon - Cascade Falls Orange Grove - Swinging Bridge Hilton Area - Buzzard Rock Trail