Patapsco Valley State Park
Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville Maryland 21104
- Size: A section of the 14,000-acre
Patapsco Valley State Park (PVSP) on both sides of the South Branch of
the Patapsco River. The river in this area is the boundary between
Howard County and Carroll County.
- Habitat: Mostly upland deciduous
woods, developed areas near the road, and open areas adjacent to the
railroad tracks and at a pipeline crossing downstream.
- Best Months: April and May; late
spring and early summer for nesting Neotropical species;
- Coverage Time: Several hours to a
- Trails/Paths: Trails lead upstream
- Notable Birds: Wild Turkey,
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least
Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Common Raven, Veery, Northern
Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Black-and-white
Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Mourning Warbler,
- Amenities: No facilities. Although
outside the scope of this website, the McKeldin Area, PVSP, is 0.7
miles north on Marriottsville Road in Carroll County. It has full
facilities, is open 9:00 a.m. to sunset, and offers excellent birding.
It is a fee area.
- Handicapped Access: Limited,
although it is sometimes possible to see/hear Yellow-throated Warblers
from the parking area. Level gravel parking.
- Operation and Hours: State park
hours are 8:00 a.m. till dusk. No fee area.
- Special Attractions: In April and
early May, this is one of the best areas in the county for Cerulean and
- Bow Hunting: There may be a deer
hunting season in the fall and winter. See the Hunting Guide at Department of
Natural Resources. There is no hunting in the bridge
Compiler: Scott Berglund