The Hilton Area is located off of Hilton Avenue in Catonsville. This area is within walking distance of many residents in Catonsville. A popular spot for afternoon walks and morning workouts, the trails are active with local residents and far away visitors. The Hilton Area is a cool place for families. There is a recycled tire playground for children 5-12 years of age and our nature center is located in this area, too. Though small in size our nature center is the hub for exploration. Our seasonal interpretive programs meet at the nature center offering activities for our young park visitors. Programs like Junior Rangers and Little Sprouts are available to peak a future Ranger’s curiosity. (Check out the Patapsco program schedule for the current schedule of interpretive programs in the park.)
You can also gain access to the River by traveling down into the river valley along the Forest Glen Trail. This trail follows the Saw Mill Branch Stream and can connect with several trails to make for very interesting hiking adventures. One of the most unique features in this area can be found along the Sawmill Branch Trail – the trail actually takes you boulder hopping in the stream. Many of the trails in Patapsco have stream crossings that are just stepping stones, no bridges, so the hiker might get some wet feet on occasion. This area also has a small campground with six mini-cabins and 12 basic campsites.
Mountain Bikers will enjoy the challenges presented along the Santee Branch Trail as it connects with more challenging trails in this section of the park and in the Glen Artney, Avalon, and Orange Grove areas of the park. Hilton is a place for kids of all ages to play and explore.
Be a part of history and join park staff for the ribbon cutting of the newly constructed All Sensory Trail at the Hilton Area from 3 to 5 p.m. on October 16th. Accessible for people of all abilities, the All Sensory Trail provides an experience in nature where all of one's senses can play. Use the guide rope to walk, roll or stroll your way around the less than half-mile loop. Smell the various herbs and plants, hear the birds and bats as they nest in the many beautifully painted houses. Try out the drums and chimes for a melodic sound all your own.
The Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park is located at 1101 Hilton Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228. Park entrance is about 200 feet from this address. Once you enter the park, the trail head will be across the street from the nature center to your left. Continue straight to park in the parking lot.
Shelters & Picnicking
Picnic tables are located near the Nature Center and Playground areas.
Shelters are available for use by reservation and carry additional charges for use. There are six rental shelters in the Hilton Area. Make shelter reservations.
Inflatable play equipment and trampolines are prohibited on site without a permit. This permit must be obtained in advance of your event. Guests wishing to obtain a permit should contact the park office at 410-461-5005. Only Shelters areas with adequate space will be issued permits. Please read the Inflatable Play Equipment Notice.
Recycled Tire PlaygroundA two-acre tire playground is available for 5-12 year olds.
Trail use can be a wonderful way to enjoy this area. Tips for trail users:
Nature CenterA small nature center at Hilton geared towards children. The Nature Center serves as a meeting point for interpretive programs. For current hours call the park office at 410-461-5005.
Family CampingCampsites – The Hilton Area has 12 tent camping only sites with no electricity.
Read the Hilton Campground Rules and Regulations.
Camper Cabins – Six single room camper cabins offer a fullsize bed and a set of bunk beds, baseboard heat, electric outlets and a single overhead light. No air conditioning is provided.
Youth Group CampingThe Hilton area has four youth group campsites. These are tent camping only sites. Youth Group campers have access to the restroom near Shelter 201.
Youth Group EntryYouth Groups arriving after Sunset, must call the park headquarters the day prior to your reservation at 410-461-5005, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to obtain additional information for entry into the park. Park gates lock at Sunset.
Camp Hosts are there to assist you during your stay. They can provide information on the park, assist you with emergencies, and provide you with guidance on campground rules and regulations. Camp Hosts are Volunteers. They may spend the entire season or at minimum one month with us. Check out our Volunteer opportunities for more information on the camp host program.
April through OctoberMonday through Friday: $2 per vehicle in-state; $4 per vehicle out-of-stateBuses: $10 per bus (a bus is a vehicle that holds more than 9 passengers)Weekends and Holidays$3 per person in-state, $5 per person out-of-stateBuses: per person November through MarchHonor System in effect: $2 per vehicle in-state; $4 per vehicle out-of-stateBuses: $10 (a bus is a vehicle that holds more than 9 passengers)
Admitted Free: Children buckled in safety seats, senior citizens 62 & older with the Golden Age Pass (requires one-time $10 administrative fee), people with the Access Maryland State Park Pass for persons with disabilities, members of the Maryland National Guard & all active duty military personnel who display their active military identification card (complimentary access is permitted for card holder only).
Entry service charges are not included in pavilion/shelter rental costs; they are in addition to those costs. Those wanting to prepay the service charges need to contact the park office before the reservation date.
Patapsco Valley State Park - Hilton Area1101 Hilton AvenueCatonsville MD 21228GPS N 39-14'44.0 W 076-44'39.0Link to Google Maps
From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), take Exit 13, Frederick Road west. follow for two miles and turn left on South Rolling Road. At first intersection, bear right in Hilton Avenue. Continue 1.5 miles and turn right into park. From I-95, take exit 47 (keep left on exit ramp), heading north (Route 166) to South Rolling Road. Follow 1.8 miles and make a sharp left on Hilton Avenue. Continue 1.5 miles and turn right into park.
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