Patapsco Valley State Parkextends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River to the south and west of the city of Baltimore, encompassing more than 16,000 acres and eight developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding and mountain biking - there are over 170 miles of trails! There is truly something to do in Patapsco in every season throughout the year, from playing in the river in the summer, taking in the changing leaf colors in the fall, working up some heat with a hike in the winter, and searching for ephemeral wild flowers in the spring.
McKeldin Area: The park's most western section features multi-use trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking, a disc golf course, and fishing. There is a nice playground, bathroom facilities, and CFIN loves to hike the Rapids Trail during the summer and cool off with some good river play.
Daniels Area: Once the site of a milltown called Daniels, the Daniels dam here backs up the Patapsco River providing smooth water for canoeing and kayaking, fishing, and swimming. There are no amenities in this portion of the park - it is a nice place to feel like you are away from it all.
Hollofield Area: The park's center section features a 73-site campground, hiking trails, and shelters, plus a scenic overlook of the entire river valley. There is a short walk to Peaceful Pond, a neat place to look for animals.
Pickall Area: This area offers large picnic shelters and two playgrounds.
Hilton Area: This area has a nature center for children and is home to the famed recycled tire playground. CFIN has camped here every year and loves hiking the Forest Glen Trail down to the river in all seasons.
Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove Area: The area features many historic sites including the Thomas Viaduct, Bloede's Dam, the Old Gun Road Stone Arch Bridge, and the Swinging Bridge. The Avalon Visitor Center is housed in a remnant of the milltown of the same name that once served the Avalon Nail and Iron Works. Cascade Falls is located in the Orange Grove area of the park. It gently descends a 10–15-foot face and can be reached by way of a marked trail at the last parking lot in the Orange Grove area.