Patapsco Valley State Park

Henryton Road, Marriottsville Maryland 21104
  • Size: Henryton Road accesses a portion of the 14,000-acre Patapsco Valley State Park, PVSP which runs 32 miles along the Patapsco River.
  • Habitat: Mature floodplain and upland deciduous forest; some field and edge.
  • Best Months: Mid-April through May; late spring and early summer for nesting Neotropical warblers; September into October.
  • Coverage Time: One can easily spend more than a half day exploring this area of the park.
  • Trails/Paths: Trails lead for miles east and west of Henryton Road, mostly in sight of the river.
  • Notable Birds: Wild Turkey, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Ovenbird, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager.
  • Amenities: There are no facilities. Alpha Ridge Park has the closest public facilities. (Return to the intersection of Henryton Road and Old Frederick Road; turn left for 0.7 miles.)
  • Handicapped Access: Parking is on asphalt. There is good birding from the parking area. The upstream road which becomes the main trail has a few gentle grades but is generally level, if sometimes muddy. Downstream trails have moderate to steep slopes and will be difficult for the mobility impaired.
  • Operation and Hours: State park hours are 8:00 a.m. till dusk.
  • Special Attractions: One of the county's finest extensive mature woodlands gives local naturalists a chance to observe many of the county's rarer birds and wildflowers.
  • Bow Hunting: There may be a deer hunting season in the fall and winter. See the section on Patapsco Valley Hunting Guide on the PVSP web page or Department of Natural Resources.
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Compiler: Scott Berglund

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