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Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City

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State Park
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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  • Had a great day at the park! Enjoyed going to the Avalon and Orange Grove areas and conquering my fear by walking across the swing bridges. For anyone like me who might have been afraid of the idea of...  more »
  • Howard County Parks and Recreation do an excellent job keeping this park rustic while making it accessible. They maintain it beautifully. There is a treasure trove of variety from picnicking for many ...  more »
  • I have a list of places in Maryland I want to see and the swinging bridge at Patapsco State Park was on the list. It's a nice park with a paved walking trail. It was not as nice as the C&O trail that ...  more »
  • We had a family camping weekend at this park. Overall there is not much bad I can say about this place, the only real peeve is that the sites are slightly small. Also, no two parks are the same. For instance, last campground we got to pick our own sites but I was surprised to find that our sites were already pre assigned. It worked out because the other family we were with ended up right next to us. The camp host was very welcoming and helpful. Overall it was a fantastic experience and we'll definitely be back again!
  • A nice place to kayak. We've been going here to kayak for a few years. It's a nice paddle upstream and a reasonable float downstream. And they have a trail beside the stream for hiking or jogging. They have a good parking spot beside the steam, though it could be made larger for more cars. We expected the water level to be more since we've not had much rain but it was actually quite high. There was a lot more plant life than we'd ever seen - not sure whether it is native of invasive. And the were a lot more Canada geese than we've seen there before.
  • The patapsco is such awesome spot. All the old mills are being taken down. See blodie dam while you still can
  • Fun place to hike and relax. Great trails, both paved and dirt. Great scenery.
  • Beautiful park with plenty of things to do for everyone... lots of trails for hiking, mountain biking, camping, plenty of picnic areas (walk-up and reservation-based), playgrounds, and history.