8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City Maryland 21043
Size: Several hundred acre section of
the 14,000-acre Patapsco Valley State Park
Habitat: Upland deciduous woods,
river bank, open areas, small pond.
Best Months: April, May, and
September for birds. May through August for
wildflowers; October for scenic views from
Coverage Time: Several hours to a
Trails/Paths: Two miles of marked
trails plus transmission line rights-of-way;
extensive day use and camping areas.
Notable Birds: Bald Eagle, Broad-winged and other
migrant hawks, Kentucky Warbler, Wilson's Warbler,
Brewster's Warbler, Blue Grosbeak.
Amenities: Restrooms (portable
toilets in winter), picnic areas and pavilions,
playground, ball field, seasonal campground. PVSP
Handicapped Access: Good birding from
paved park roads and parking areas. Paved path to
overlook. Accessible restrooms (accessible portable
toilet in winter).
Operation and Hours: The day use
(fee) area south of US 40 is open 9:00 a.m. till
sunset. Access by car to the Headquarters building
(non-fee) area north of US 40 is limited to 8:30
a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, otherwise the road
gate is closed.
Special Attractions: Panoramic views
of the Patapsco River Valley; interesting
wildflowers. Headquarters building sells maps and
Bow Hunting: There may be a deer
hunting season in the fall and winter. See the
Hunter's Guide or Department of Natural