Patapsco Valley State Park

Daniels Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
  • Size: Daniels Road provides access to a portion of the 14,000-acre Patapsco Valley State Park, (PVSP), which runs 32 miles along the Patapsco River.
  • Habitat: Floodplain and upland deciduous woods, forested stream valley, open areas.
  • Best Months: Spring, summer, and fall. Because some Neotropical species breed here, late spring and early summer can be particularly productive.
  • Coverage Time: Up to a half day.
  • Trails/Paths: Access point for several miles of trails along the river and in upland forest.
  • Notable Birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Eastern Screech-Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Lincoln's Sparrow.
  • Amenities: No facilities. Small personal watercraft launch area above dam. One small paved parking lot; additional gravel parking areas.
  • Handicapped Access: Parking is on asphalt or gravel. The mostly gravel road/trail along the river upstream is level. Other trails are dirt with moderate to steep slopes.
  • Operation and Hours: State park hours are 8:00 a.m. till dusk. This is not a fee area.
  • Special Attractions: Large variety of warblers in spring, summer, and fall. The historic dam, fish ladder, and historic church add interest.
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Compiler: Scott Berglund

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