Parking Options

We understand that many of our visitors can only access the heritage area via car which is why we’ve created (yes, we– one of very our own board members!) the parking map below. Trailhead Parking Map

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Accessible/ Adaptive Recreation

Trolley Trail #9 is a short trail that starts in Ellicott City and ends in Catonsville. The trail distance is about 1.25 miles (one way). The trail can be reached from Parking Lot A in Ellicott City or in Catonsville at the end of Edmondson Avenue. The first thing you may notice about the Trolley…

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Archery

If Archery or bowhunting seems like an enticing sport- you’re not alone. The Heart of Maryland Bowhunters Club is located within the Patapsco Valley State Park area in Marriottsville and leases a 40-acres tract of land from DNR, in order to provide its members with realistic hunting situations. With fifty 3D target scenarios and 9 targets ranging…

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Hunting

Patapsco Valley State Park has 17 hunting areas located in Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard Counties and is open for deer hunting only. Permits are required. See below to find out more information, including equipment allowance, bag limits, and ways to obtain a permit. Additional Resources Patapsco Valley State Park and Morgan Run Natural Environment Area

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Fishing

As all fishing enthusiasts know, there’s nothing quite like the calmness of the water, the baited anticipation, and then the thrill of the catch! And along the Patapsco River, fishing for trout or even for snakehead ( to conserve the delicate ecosystem) can be a perfect past-time for all family members and friend groups. Bring your patience…

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Trail Running

Trail running is essentially running on any route that’s not on surfaced, paved, sealed, or asphalt roads. Fortunately for those wanting to rail run in Patapsco Valley State Park, we have over 200 miles of trails, with 70 of those miles identified as maintained trails. Community-led organizations such as Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park lead one…

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Horseback Riding

With over 170 miles of trails to explore, Patapsco Valley State Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and with routes of all challenges, horseback riding can be a family-friendly activity. Don’t forget your bug spray and please bring water for yourself and your horse! Additional Resources Horseback Riding at Patapsco Valley State…

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Swimming

Swimming can be a refreshing sport and along the Patapsco River, it can be particularly enthralling. Swimmers are reminded, however, to be cautious and to pay attention to notices prohibiting swimming due to strong currents, and to be careful of sharp stones along the river bottom. Additional Resources McKeldin Area Swimming

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Paddling

Whether you’re a novice or an expert paddler, the Patapsco River offers some of the most breathtaking scenic views for anyone wanting an experience to remember out on the waters. Additional Resources and Readings: Paddling the Patapsco Daniels Area Paddling

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Birding

The Audubon Society recognizes the Patapsco Valley as an important bird habitat area. The mature hardwood forests and diversity of other habitats make it appealing to a wide variety of resident and migrant species. The Patapsco Valley forms a natural migration corridor for birds. Chances of encountering rare or migrant species are higher in the…

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Climbing

Climbing history in Patapsco started back in the 1960s and today some of the more popular spots include Ilchester, Friction Wall, Woodstock, and the Bloede Dam area. For Climbers, the steep, rocky hillsides of Patapsco State Park have always been an attractive asset and many of our climbing routes feature great beginner and intermediate climbs-…

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