Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Quest

A Quest through Time: History Hike

Introduction To Quest

Take a journey through time in the Avalon area of Patapsco Valley State Park. during this four mile hike you will discover historical facts unique to this area. Dress for a moderate hike, and wear comfortable shoes. Please bring bottle water and a pen or pencil.

the visitor center at the Avalon area of PatapscoQuest Information

This is a self-guided beginner/intermediate quest. Begin at the Avalon History Center. Here you will find a box that will open with the code 5120. In the box you will find an instruction sheet and a list of questions for the quest. When you reach the last post you will have the opportunity to come to the ranger station and have your questions verified and receive your passport stamp. If the ranger station is unoccupied, call the duty ranger for assistance at 443-534-1766.

The Avalon area can be very popular on summer weekends. We suggest you arrive in the morning as parking becomes difficult later in the afternoon. Occasionally, we may need to close the Avalon area once it reaches capacity. Families are encouraged to complete this quest during the week.

Park Information

The Avalon and Orange Grove areas are within the southern end of Patapsco Valley State Park. The primary entrance is located off of South Street in Baltimore County. Avalon, once home of the Avalon Nail and Iron Works, has only a few remains of the bustling mill town that once dotted the shores of the Patapsco River. Today, this section of the park has large picnic shelters, playgrounds, and access to trails that travel through the river valley as well as up and out of the valley. You travel through Avalon to reach the Orange Grove area.

Orange Grove is one of the most scenic areas of Patapsco, once the home of the village of Orange Grove, a mill town that supported the flour mill on the Baltimore County side of the river. A swinging bridge similar to the one that spanned the river in the 1800’s and early 1900’s crosses the river today connecting guests to the popular Grist Mill Trail. This area provides access to picnic shelters and picnic sites, as well as access to several trails located in this section of the park.

Patapsco Valley State Park - Avalon
5120 South Street
Halethorpe MD 21227
GPS N 39-13'11.0 W 076-42'18.3

Directions to Patapsco Valley State Park:

  • Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove/Lost Lake Areas – From the Beltway (I-695) take Rt. 1 ( Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Rt. 1 South about 3 miles to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
  • From I-95 take I-195 to Rt. 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
  • From Howard County follow Rt. 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left on South St. Park entrance is on the left.