The McKeldin area is in the most Northern part of Patapsco, along Marriottsville Road in Carroll County. McKeldin has opportunities for the horseback rider, mountain biker, hiker and disc golfer. This area has miles of multi-use trails, which are very popular with the equestrian community. The Rapids area has drive to picnic spots with access to trails along the river. The Main Branch and the South Branch of the Patapsco River join in the McKeldin area. Rapids along the South Branch are a beautiful but dangerous feature of this section of the park. (Note the Rapids area and the pool below the rapids are closed for swimming due to dangerous currents in this area.)
McKeldin has an 18-hole disc golf course, which provides for challenging play for disc golfers no matter their skill level. Large and small picnic shelters can be reserved in this area for your family gatherings. See if you can find the shelter that has stunning views of the Liberty Reservoir Dam. Mountain bikers will find this section of Patapsco to be challenging and unique with trails that climb in and out of the river valley. This area also has a youth group camping area. Compared to other areas of Patapsco, McKeldin feels more wide open with a slower pace than the rest of the park. There are areas here that are perfect to set up your lawn chair and kick back with a good book or for a kid to explore with their binoculars, butterfly net and magnifying glass. Take a walk on the Medicine Tree Trail using our self-guided nature walk guide or just meander along the Rapids Trail as it follows river side on the South Branch.
A new map of the trails at Patapsco Valley State Park's McKeldin area can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.
The McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park offers youth group camping, picnicking, rental pavilions, playgrounds, fishing, ball fields, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian trails and a disc golf course. Hunting is available in designated areas by permit only. Hike, bike or horseback ride scenic valley trails.
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.
Read the McKeldin Youth Group Camping Rules and Regulations.
SheltersThere are 10 rental shelters in the McKeldin 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.
Trail use can be a wonderful way to enjoy this area.
Tips for trail users:
Horseback riding is especially popular on trails in this area. In addition to several miles of maintained trails there are miles of non-maintained trails that the horseback rider will find enjoyable. Horse trailers can be parked in the field adjacent to the basketball court.
Disc Golf Course – A Nationally known Disc Golf Course flows throughout the McKeldin Area. Eighteen challenging holes provide a popular past time for families and groups as they take on forested fairways, open fields and pin locations that can be fun and challenging for both the amateur and professional disc golfer. The objective is much the same as ball golf, but players use a disc instead of a ball and clubs. The player's goal is to put the disc in the "hole" or basket in the fewest number of throws.
Fishing – There are fishing opportunities in this area where the North and South Branches of the Patapsco River converge. Fast moving water and shallow pools make for excellent trout fishing in the Spring.
Swimming is allowed in all areas along the river unless posted otherwise. In this area swimming is prohibited in the rapid area and the pool below the rapids. This is an unguarded swim at your own risk area, and as with all areas of the river, swimmers should be cautious of swift currents, and sharp stones along the river bottom.
A Basketball Court is available for general use. You must provide your own equipment.
Bring your own equipment.
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 - McKeldin Area11676 Marriottsville RoadMarriottsville MD 21104GPS 39.35982 76.89112
From I-695/I-70 West take I-70 to Marriottsville Rd. ( Exit 83). Go North on Marriottsville Rd. for 4 miles to the park entrance on the right.
From I-70 East take Rt. 40 to Marriottsville Rd. Turn left. Park entrance is 5 miles on the right.
From Rt. 26 take Rt. 26 to Marriottsville Rd. Go South 4 miles, park entrance is on the left.
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