Patapsco - McKeldin, Marriotsville Road Meet in the Parking Lot Along the Small Road Just North of the River.
From Frederick Area (I-270 & I-70): Head east on I-70 E (28.9 miles). Use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 82 for US-40 E toward Ellicott City (0.4 miles). Continue onto US-40 E (0.5 miles). Turn left onto Marriottsville Rd (5.3 miles). Turn left (0.2 miles). DO NOT ENTER THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE PARK FOR THIS HIKE BECAUSE THIS HIKE STARTS OUTSIDE OF THE PARK! If you turn into the park entrance and pay a fee you are in the wrong place! Public Transportation: There is no public transportation to, or in, Patapsco Valley State Park.
NOTE: Please remember to take the leader(s) number(s) with you but please respect the fact that we are all volunteers and there is often no cell coverage at trailheads and varies according to service provider. If you call very close to hike time, please understand that we are very busy with pre-hike preparations for ourselves in addition to group sign in, pre-hike briefing, and then leading the hike. It is also very difficult to provide instructions to someone while following them too, hence providing very detailed directions on this separate page. Leaders are advised to not answer phones once a hike is started so we don't miss a turn on the trail due to the distraction of a call. Thank you for your understanding and see you there!


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