Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Quest - The Nature of History

5/28/2018 - The Avalon area of Patapsco Valley State Park is closed, due to flooding. Please call park staff for updated conditions. Park Quest does not start until June 1st.

Introduction To Quest

Using the activity sheet and map you download offline you will answer important historical questions about the park while also finding out some amazing fun facts about nature.

Quest Information

Patapasco.AvalonQuest.JPGThe Quest begins at the Ranger Station in Avalon. Outside of the ranger station is a history plague that coincides with a question on your sheet. Read the question and answer it using the plaque. Underneath the plaque is a number that coincides with a bulletin board in the park that has a question about nature and a fun fact. (Bulletin Boards are located near our restrooms.)Write this answer into the blank space provided that coincides with the number. You will also find out the Title of the next historical plaque on the quest. The same steps will continue as before until you receive directions to get to your final destination. Once here, you will find a locked box that you can unlock using the numbers given to you. Here is where you’ll find your stamp and a great spot for a photograph.

The quest is available Monday through Sunday. However, during the summer months the park fills to capacity on weekends. Plan accordingly. Restrooms are open year round. Keep in mind as temperatures cool some will be winterized and closed. The quest begins at the history plaque located at the Ranger Station. You should not need to ask the attendants for assistance, as this quest is self-guided.

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

Patapsco Valley State Park, one of Maryland’s first state parks, extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, and horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park’s many popular pavilions and established picnic areas. With over 200 miles of trail, 70 miles that are maintained, Patapsco is a premiere destination for many. Patapsco has a rich history and its natural, historical, recreational and educational resources have been enjoyed by Native Americans, explorers, settlers and present-day citizens.

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:

  • From the Beltway (I-695): Take Rt. 1 (Exit 12A) toward Elkridge. Follow Rt. 1 south about 3 miles to South St. Turn right. Park Entrance on the left.
  • From I-95: Take I-195 east Toward BWI. From I-195 take Rt. 1 South (Exit 3) and turn right toward Elkridge. Turn right onto south Street. Park Entrance is on the left.
  • From Howard County: Follow Rt. 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left onto South St. park entrance is on the left.
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