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A quiet suburb of Baltimore with plenty of open spaces, Parkville, Maryland is about half an hour’s drive from the state’s most populous city. It is named after a plot of land that was designated to always remain a park after the original landowner, Simon Jonas Martenet donated it to the residents. Though Parkville's beginning stretched only way back to the late 19th century, the suburb's main street, Harford Road, was once an Indian trail, and during Colonial times, an important corridor that connected the northern and southern colonies.
Book an RV in Parkville and discover how the Piedmont Plateau region gradually drops into the Atlantic coastal plain of Baltimore. Just a 20-minute drive away, you'll witness this shift in topography as the steep and rugged slopes found in the Gunpowder Falls State Park give way to the tidal wetlands that are part of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.
Encompassing parts of Harford and Baltimore counties, the 18,000-acre Gunpowder Falls State Park is home to the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River. Bring your Parkville camper rental here and pick your sport. More than 120 miles of multi-use trails ideal for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding await. Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are some of the most popular water-based recreations while swimming and boating are possible on the beach and in the marina.
For a breath of slightly saltier air and a feast of bountiful fresh seafood, cast off for a cruise on the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop. Head to one of the atmospheric Chesapeake Bay towns and cities like Annapolis, Cambridge, and Havre de Grace and hop on board a ferry that will take you to an island, a historic site, or one of the rivers. Listen closely, and you just may catch an accent not heard anywhere else in the mainland. Time your visit during the migration season and you just might witness a million waterfowl birds stop here to feed and rest.
If you don't want to stray too far from land, follow the Patapsco River in your motorhome rental from Parkville as it winds through the Patapsco Valley State Park. Dip a paddle into the river, wet a line, or lace up your hiking shoes as you explore the river’s 32-mile course through the park. More than 200 miles of multi-use trails, fascinating rock formations, and a stunning view of falls reward the adventurous.
The closest RV camping sites are within 20 miles of the town, in the Hollofield area of Patapsco Valley State Park. Your RV rental in Parkville will have access to potable water, 30 amp electric service, and a dump station. A few miles farther and you'll run into the Bar Harbor RV Park and Marina where full hookup sites await as well as restrooms and showers. You'll also have waterfront pool access and a view of Bush River.
Numerous gas stations are found in Parkville, so you can fill up your tank before leaving town for a look at some other choices farther from town. About 30 miles away, you'll find a KOA campground close to the Baltimore/DC area. Military families have more sites to choose from at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Campgrounds and Camp Meade RV Park where full hookup sites, showers, and restrooms can be found. A couple of other campgrounds open to civilians include Merry Meadows Recreation Farm (full hookups) and Bay Shore Campground (water/electric sites).
A handful of Walmart stores are located around the Parkville area, the closest being in Nottingham two miles away and Towson, three miles away. Get the approval of the store manager, and you just might have a place to stay for a night or two in their parking lot.
There's only one place in Parkville where everyone seems to converge for all their needs: Harford Road. Survey the scene to find where you can shop for antiques or sit down for a proper meal. Italian and Chinese cuisines are on offer including traditional American staples. Seafood is also on the menu. Many shops line Harford Road, so if nothing tickles your culinary fancy, you can cook up your favorites from ingredients bought from the dozen or so grocery and convenience stores found in town.
If you've always wanted to sample the tastes of Bohemia, rent a motorhome in Parkville and join in the celebration of the annual Czech and Slovak Heritage Festival held in October. Make a beeline for the kolaches (fruit portions wrapped in puffy dough), and brace yourself for the powerful "slap-in-the-face" effect of plum brandy slivovice. Learn how the Czech and Slovak republics came out of a 300-year rule under the Austrian monarchy, and listen to the (trilingual) stories of long-ago transplants and their contributions to their new homeland.
Take the Maryland Transit Administration's buses to Baltimore, and it will be worth your while to check out the city's collection of attractions while you can. Drop by at the Camden Yards to watch the Baltimore Orioles play in their home turf. Explore the Inner Harbor and step inside the public National Aquarium to see sharks, dolphins, and jellyfish, among the aquarium's ample array of aquatic species. From here, take the water taxi to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine where the "Star-Spangled Banner" flag was born. Look around and you'll also see many other artifacts on display that show how the fort was used over time since the War of 1812.
In Parkville, heritage and history are something you can see, taste, and touch. Add a generous dose of nature to the mix, and you have a memorable adventure ahead. Find the best RV rental in Parkville now, and discover which combination works for you.