Patapsco is Maryland's oldest and largest state park, offering charter bus visitors more than 14,000 acres worth of recreational green open space to explore

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Patapsco Valley State Park

Apr 25, 2014

Have you visited Maryland’s first state park? Ask your Maryland charter bus driver to take you there to enjoy many outdoor activities Patapsco Valley State Park has to offer. The state park extends 32 miles along the Patapsco River with more than 14,000 acres of developed recreational areas.

At Patapsco Valley State Park, rental bus visitors can enjoy a spot of hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and picnicking. There is even a beautiful 15 feet waterfall in Orange Grove area to enjoy.

Getting to know Patapsco Valley State Park

In the beginning, the park was established in an effort to protect the natural state of the valley’s forest and more importantly, its water resources in conjunction with the emergence of Bloede’s Dam. All thanks to the founding director of Russell Sage Foundation, John Mark Glenn, the project was launched when it was given the first 43 acres of land. Over the years, other adjoining land spaces were bought and donated. Today, Patapsco State Park is one of the largest state parks in Maryland.

The rather controversial movie, The Blair Witch Project, filmed its final scenes in an old house which dates a couple of hundred years back in 1999. The name of the house was Griggs House in Granite. The state had the intention of demolishing the house after the film but it was bought and the public called for its preservation. The house was, unfortunately, demolished in the end.

Recreational Areas at the Park

There are many different areas in the park for coach bus visitors to enjoy various recreational activities, depending on what type of scenery and surroundings preferred. Here are some of the areas found at Patapsco Valley State Park:

  • McKeldin Area: The most northern part of Patapsco, mini bus rental visitors can enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and disc golfing here. This area offers miles of multi-use trails, which are very popular especially with the equestrian community. Picnicking can be done at the Rapids area, however, swimming is now permitted due to the dangerous currents in the area.
  • Daniels Area: This area is largely undeveloped, mostly visited by anglers, paddlers and hikers. Daniels Dam is located in this area offering a display on fish spawning activity in the river. Paddlers will also love the fact that any sort of paddling can be enjoyed all year round, with a canoe put-in/take-out area just above the dam.
  • Hollofield Area: Almost in the center of the park lies this area which is home to the park’s headquarters and two major campsites. If you are looking for a stunning view of the Patapsco Valley, this is the area you should head to. The Overlook changes with every season from the brilliant greens of spring to the rich colors of fall.
  • Pickall Area: If you are looking for a place for a large group, then this area is just right for you. Throughout the area you can find large picnic shelters, along with two playgrounds, basketball court, and lots of open play fields.
  • Hilton Area: A popular spot for afternoon walks and morning workouts, with a nature center and recycled tire playground in this area. Attracts both tourists as well as locals.
  • Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove Area: This entire area consists of three areas, all within the southern end of the park. Consists of the most amenities for every kind of visitor, head here if you are unsure which area you would like.

Call 1-800-304-1993 or 617-371-2972 to get a quote or to reserve a bus for an easy hassle-free trip to this great park in Maryland.

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