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Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City

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4.4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Patapsco Valley State Park is a Maryland state park extending along of the Patapsco River to the south and west of the city of Baltimore. The park encompasses multiple developed recreational areas on over of land. In 2006, it was officially celebrated as Maryland's first state park.History20th centuryFormation of the park started with provisions in the Forestry Act of 1906. The completion of Bloede's Dam in 1906 required the implementation of protections to prevent silting from nearby farm erosion. Patapsco Valley State Park was established as Patapsco State Forest Reserve in 1907 to protect the valley's forest and water resources. The first 43 acres were donated by Russell Sage Foundation director John Mark Glenn (1858-1950) from his Hilton estate. In 1912, Maryland delegate Carville Benson promoted expanding the Patapsco Forest Reserve as a park to support his suburban development initiatives. As other sections along the river were added, Patapsco Valley State Park became one of the largest parks in Maryland.In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps opened State Park Project 2 work camps 336 and 356 at the park. CCC workers created recreational facilities and performed tree plantings for erosion control and silt management around the dam from adjacent overworked farms. Keeping the shores and hillsides vegetated minimized erosion, thus minimizing the amount of silt that could clog the turbines of Bloede's Dam which generated electricity for surrounding communities.
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  • A great place to enjoy the outdoors. Beautiful river, good well marked hiking trails. Best on weekdays, a little over used on nice weekends by mtn bikes that make you dodge off the track. 
  • We camped at Hollofield Campground, which was our base for visiting Baltimore. This is a lovely, wooded campground which provides lots of privacy with well-spaced campsites separated by the trees. The...  read more »
  • This review is based on camping in the Hilton area and hiking. This is a beautiful park, all the more so, considering how close it is to Maryland's largest city. To enter the Hilton area, you drive th...  read more »
  • Wonderful winding trails of varying difficulty and terrain. Would be great if the mountain bikers were more careful about tearing up the trails. Some are well maintained, good public picnic and camping areas. Very nice park.
  • Great park. Full of all types of trails. Is fun to go down during a storm and watch how powerful the river gets
  • It's adorable and the river is great for cooling off and it's always quiet but never empty. Parks service keeps it very clean and well maintained. I've been to several parties now at the rented pavilions and they all went smoothly.
  • This is a very well kept state park. However I wish the trail blazes were better maintained. Annual memberships come out around October and are good through the following year.
  • Great spot for clean/ smooth camping. All campsite have a picnic table and grill, lots of easy hiking trails nearby. Clean park, nice picnic areas. Also has a playground.
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