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About Hollofield - Patapsco Valley State Park
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ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Hollofield - Patapsco Valley State Park is located in Maryland
Latitude
39.295 N
Longitude
-76.787 W
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8 Reviews of Hollofield - Patapsco Valley State Park
Great if you don’t want to travel far

We were at site 430. It was a perfect spot tucked away from the others and a short walk to the restrooms. You can purchase firewood from the camp hosts nearby as well. The fire pit at this site was a little difficult to cook with because the grate was very high and could not be lowered. Overall we had a great time exploring the park especially the nearby railroad track. Would visit again.

Great location, but too close and crowded

The site was nice and level, but a bit small, with a short driveway. We actually brought 2 vehicles this time, and it was really tight. Fair amount of trees surrounding our site, but since there are still very few leaves, it felt way closer and less private. This campground is very popular, and set up as two loops; an inner loop with electric sites, and a more spread-out outer loop with non-electric, tent-only sites. The inner loop was completely full, and the sites were just too closely spaced for my preferences. There were a few sites with a little extra room and privacy (419 and 420 caught my eye), but for the most part they were packed in pretty tightly. If you’re a tent camper and don’t need electric, the sites on the outer loop were quite nice and private.

Bath house was old, small, and not exceptionally clean, but adequate for our needs. Did not use the showers this time. However, there are only 4 restroom stalls and 2 showers on the ladies side, so I can imagine the lines would be pretty crazy during the summer time. I expected lines this weekend, considering the campground was full, but we lucked out. There is also a dishwashing room with a deep double sink, but this was old and dingy as well. I’m really surprised that the bath house hasn’t been renovated yet, considering the size and popularity of the park. I’m also amazed that there is only one bath house and a single water spigot to service both loops; normally in MD State Parks, there is a water pump every few sites.

Overall, while this is a great park for day-tripping with a very convenient location, we just didn’t care for the campground. If you don’t mind the proximity to other campers and multiple scouting groups, or if you can make use of the more private tent sites, this might be a good option. We were hoping to count on this park for quick weekend getaways, since it’s only about 15 miles from us, but we may be willing to drive a bit further to get the more peaceful, woodsy experience we prefer.

Great place for a weekend getaway!

We have stayed at both the Hilton location of PSP as well as this one. We preferred the Hilton spot, with kids. However, this location is also great. The sites feel private, the camp hosts are lovely and they provide good firewood (instead of those preset bundles).

There is a "natural" playground in the loop, and then if you drive down further to the park entrance, there is a large playground for the kids. I've attached photos from the "natural playground" aka, large rocks and overturned trees. The kids loved it.

The things I didn't like about it were the old bathrooms- they were clean, but very outdated-, and the fact that the planes from the airport kept flying over, which made it hard to sleep. I've heard that this area gets pretty crowded on the weekends, but during the week, it wasn't too bad. Easy to walk trails are right off the loop and there are tall trees with a little opening to see the stars. Overall, it was a great place to get away for a few days!

Great Location for Visiting Baltimore

This is our second time staying here this year and we have reservations to come back in September. I have family in the area and it is convenient and inexpensive to stay here. Nice wooded sites set far apart from each other in two concentric circles. The inner circle has electric but no water or sewer. The outer circle is primitive. There is a dump station. There is a decent bathhouse but it does get buggy. Powerful fan keeps it comfortable on all but the hottest days. The camp hosts are helpful and friendly

The campground and park fill up on the weekends but are nearly empty during the week. There are several hiking trails in this part of the park or you can drive to other parts for additional hiking. They run very few ranger programs. But the main attraction is the proximity to the tourist sites in Baltimore. If you camp and want to visit the city, this is a budget conscious way to do so. And, when you are at your campsite, you really are in the middle of the woods.

Great Location for Visiting Baltimore

This is our second time staying here this year and we have reservations to come back in September. I have family in the area and it is convenient and inexpensive to stay here. Nice wooded sites set far apart from each other in two concentric circles. The inner circle has electric but no water or sewer. The outer circle is primitive. There is a dump station. There is a decent bathhouse but it does get buggy. Powerful fan keeps it comfortable on all but the hottest days. The camp hosts are helpful and friendly

The campground and park fill up on the weekends but are nearly empty during the week. There are several hiking trails in this part of the park or you can drive to other parts for additional hiking. They run very few ranger programs. But the main attraction is the proximity to the tourist sites in Baltimore. If you camp and want to visit the city, this is a budget conscious way to do so. And, when you are at your campsite, you really are in the middle of the woods.

Great Location for Visiting Baltimore

This is our second time staying here this year and we have reservations to come back in September. I have family in the area and it is convenient and inexpensive to stay here. Nice wooded sites set far apart from each other in two concentric circles. The inner circle has electric but no water or sewer. The outer circle is primitive. There is a dump station. There is a decent bathhouse but it does get buggy. Powerful fan keeps it comfortable on all but the hottest days. The camp hosts are helpful and friendly

The campground and park fill up on the weekends but are nearly empty during the week. There are several hiking trails in this part of the park or you can drive to other parts for additional hiking. They run very few ranger programs. But the main attraction is the proximity to the tourist sites in Baltimore. If you camp and want to visit the city, this is a budget conscious way to do so. And, when you are at your campsite, you really are in the middle of the woods.

Close to everything yet alone in the woods

We always have a blast at patapsco state park. Great wooded sites

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Car camping

The campground was great. Pet friendly. Very quiet. I only gave it 4 stars because the camp sites are too close together. Fire pits were well designed, bathrooms were relatively clean.