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Great place for summer parties and get together

I always prefer this my favorite spot for family & friends get together during summer. The shelters... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Titus T
Ellicott City, Maryland
we love hiking here so close to home

graet park very clean its a nice day for the kids to spend outside enjoying nature and the falls... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
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8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043-3499
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was having a great family weekend surrounded by great smelling flowers but then I noticed my son wasn't with me. in a rush, I and my wife Susanna rushed when we heard his screams. We finally found he getting pecked profusely buy a dang...More

2  Thank Marion R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always prefer this my favorite spot for family & friends get together during summer. The shelters are provided with electricity. The rest room facilities are clean. This area also has kids play area which my daughter and friends love

Thank Titus T
Reviewed 7 August 2018

graet park very clean its a nice day for the kids to spend outside enjoying nature and the falls, pack a lunch

1  Thank JulieV2524
Reviewed 10 July 2018

A wonderful, peaceful place. A lot to see and do. From scenic overviews to the Patapsco river, to wonderful paths. A MUST do!!!

Thank MarkShrader
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is a gorgeous park, with trails for all levels. Nice views of the Patapsco River. If you go to the lower park (entrance close to Relay MD), get there early if you want to get in. The only possible down side to this park...More

3  Thank Mary A
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Key points: Approach from the west and you're OK; approach from the east and beware the 11 foot bridge (and we saw NO warning signs!!); 30 amp only; entry road is steep, but not really a problem unless your vehicle is underpowered; a few sites...More

1  Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Patapsco Valley State Park offers incredible hiking options with beautiful scenic views that can be fun for all age groups!

Thank 2see2sea
Reviewed 29 April 2018

This is a lovely trail full of twists and turns with small and medium waterfalls that runs along a creek that you'll have to cross a few times. It's a bit rocky with roots along the way, and provides a lot of variety with short...More

1  Thank gr8fish2017
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Patapsco is a huge park, with everything from hiking to camping to horseback riding supported, if you pick your spot. The main areas have rangers, maps, and charge a nominal fee. There are trails in Patapsco with free parking, but go early! After 9, or...More

Thank deborahf702
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the first week of April. The trail was muddy thanks to a ton of rain recently. The trail was enjoyable, a little easier than I wanted it to be and the water fall wasn’t as big as I was expected. But we were...More

Thank Megan T
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25 July 2018|
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Response from awilliams811 | Reviewed this property |
The river depth varies greatly but its mostly shallow under 2'. Be advised that there are still signs up that the water is contaminated. Yes you will see people in here often but you couldn't pay me too.
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Response from HappyCamper00000 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. We could get from our campsite to the Baltimore Convention Center in under 30 minutes. Maybe 20 something? Make sure the Park is open during the time you plan to attend your conference, and reserve a campsite... More