Patapsco is our Favorite Park in Maryland. Here’s Why.

Patapsco Valley State Park

Yeah, we’ve heard about other Maryland parks.

The thing is, we can’t get enough of Patapsco Valley State Park–all 16,043 acres of it. Maryland residents from all over flock here to fish, hike, bike, and get married in this gorgeous park. Now that fall’s right around the corner, we’re even more excited to get out and explore the natural beauty so close to Hanover, MD.

Patapsco Park is one of the best parks in Maryland. Here’s how you can get the most out of a day or weekend trip.

First Things First

Purchase a Maryland Passport to enter state parks for the year, and read all Park Rules before you go. (Including the Firewood Policy, which definitely exists.) If you’re planning on going camping and don’t have a lot of camping experience, read through their helpful camping section with tips and hints on making your trip a success. When it comes to outdoor activities, preparation is key!

Take a Nature Hike

There are 170 miles of trails to explore, 70 which are regularly maintained. Check out the interactive trail maps (listed below “ Patapsco Valley State Park Trail Maps” on the main page), and discover your perfect route. Head toward the river for a calming experience during the warmer months. Don’t forget to wear supportive hiking shoes, bring extra food and water, and watch out for rogue mountain bikers–you’ll thank yourself later.

Catch Some Fish

Even if you’re not a big fisherman, it’s fun to try the sport. If you missed the official free fishing days (first two Saturdays in June and July 4), purchase a year-long fishing license and get started. Feel free to throw your slippery Maryland catches back into the river if you wish.

Stay the Weekend

Sometimes, one day in nature just isn’t enough. If you’re pining for days of smores and campfires, it’s time for a camping trip. Again, read through the helpful hints for campers and be smart so you can enjoy nature and wildlife without leaving a footprint. You’ll need to bring your own gear unless you’re in the military.

Patapsco’s OPERATION: CAMPOUT! Program, offers gear (tent chairs, stove lantern, etc.) free of charge to military individuals and families. If you’re planning on taking advantage of OPERATION: CAMPOUT!, contact the park office directly to make your reservation. Otherwise, make a reservation online. And don’t forget to take photos–you’ll definitely make some memories.

Take it Easy

The northern part of Patapsco Valley State Park, known as the McKeldin Area, is great for a more casual or sport-filled day. Here, horseback riding, swimming (subject to weather), mountain biking, and disc golfing are extremely popular. It’s also great place to host picnics with friends. Or, just kick back on a lawn chair and read a good book. This gorgeous natural park is basically in your backyard.
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