Patapsco Valley State Park

(Daniels/Hollofield Area)

Location:Patapsco Valley SP Daniels Area, Ellicott City, MD


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Contact:Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Dist. From Balto.:< 5 miles
Dog Trails:


Dogs are not allowed in the developed areas of the park (generally those with buildings or picnic areas).  There is still access to some very nice trails for dog hikers.  Patapsco Valley SP also publishes a pamphlet called "A Guide to Your Pet in Patapsco Valley State Park " (233 Kb Acrobat document) which gives information on rules and lists some of the dog accessible trails.

Trails are available on both sides of the Patapsco, but there is no easy access from one side of the river to the other. The main trails are flat and wide, as the main trail used to be a road. There are also some spur trails as well. (5+ miles each way). Click here for a map of the trails in the Daniels area. 

General Info.:


Patapsco Valley SP, as the name implies, borders the Patapsco River and many of it's tributaries. It is comprised of several areas that span 32 miles of the river. The Daniels area can be accessed from both sides of the Patapsco.  The Howard County side offers wide, flat trails and access to the Daniels dam.  An active fish ladder, one of several along the Patapsco, can also be viewed.  The Baltimore County side is somewhat harder to access, but passes by the ruins of several of the buildings that made up the town of Daniels which was wiped out by hurricane Agnes back in 1970.  The Ruins of St. Stanislaus church can also be accessed from a side trail.
Special Notes:In addition to natural beauty, Patapsco has many historical sites. The river provided the life-blood of a number of industries dating back to colonial times. In those days, ships could sail all the way up the Patapsco to just below the Hilton area at Elkridge Landing.
Further info: DNR Patapsco Valley SP WWW Page

Country walks near Baltimore
Fisher, Alan Hall
Pub. 1993 (3rd edition)

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