Horseback Riding at Patapsco Valley State Park

Everything You Need to Know

With over 170 miles of trails to explore, Patapsco Valley State Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Here's some information to keep in mind to ensure that you and your family stay safe while having fun.

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What To Pack for Your Trip

  • Snacks
  • First-aid kit
  • Rain gear
  • Cell phone with GPS
  • Whistle
  • Bug spray
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Plan Ahead

Riding is allowed in all Patapsco areas. Please note, you will have more encounters with other visitors the further South you ride.

If you are planning on a large group ride, please contact us at​:​

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Park Hours

9 a.m. until sunset.
Sunset times are posted at the entrances to all areas.
You may not block the gates.

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For the most up-to-date maps, please scan the QR code below with your phone camera.

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Bring water for you and your horse.

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November 1st - April 1st
The only restrooms available are:
Avalon restroom by shelter 104.
Hilton restroom by shelter 201.
Hollofield restroom by shelter 300.
McKeldin restroom by Contact Station.

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11676 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD
Parking in field by basketball courts.

8020 Baltimore National Pike
Parking by Park Headquarters (weekdays only).


Avalon/Orange Grove/Glen Artney
5120 South Street, Baltimore, MD
Parking along Gun Rd.

1101 Hilton Avenue, Catonsville, MD
Parking in lot by shelter 245.

The park fills early, especially on weekends and in the summer. If you are coming during peak days, please arrive early and carpool when able. Check our website in advance for park events that could limit parking.

Please clean up any horse feces in parking areas.

Horses are allowed on designated trails and roadways only.​

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Emergency and 24-Hour Contact Information

​​Emergency Assistance
​For park information or assistance,​ call the park ranger.
​Duty Ranger
443-534-1762 North
443-534-1766 South
​For 24-Hour assictance or to report a violation,
Call the Natural Resources Police

The Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the primary law enforcement agency for Maryland State Parks.

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Get Involved
410-461-5005 or scan below:

Ask about our Volunteer Mounted Patrol, our Volunteer Rangers patrolling by horseback.

See a problem on the trails? Let us know! Scan below or call 410-461-5005.

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