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Occupying more than 16,000 acres, Patapsco Valley State Park immerses you in the natural beauty of the Old Line State. The park stretches for 32 miles along the banks of the Patapsco River and features eight maintained recreational areas and two family-friendly campgrounds. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Maryland sunshine, whether you're hiking woodland trails, paddling on the river or enjoying a woodland picnic.

The park also cradles centuries of history, with sites like the Thomas Viaduct and Swinging Bridge offering a glimpse of a bygone era. At just 20 minutes from Baltimore and one hour from Washington DC, Patapsco Valley is eternally popular with weekend warriors. Whether you're planning a whirlwind getaway or a long-distance road trip, Outdoorsy makes it easy to rent an RV in Howard County.

Getting Outdoors

Stretch your legs on more than 200 miles of trails, some designated for hikers and others welcoming horseback riders and mountain bikers. As you explore the network, you'll discover cascading waterfalls, crystalline brooks and scenic lookouts. In the summer, there's no better way to cool off than a dip in the Patapsco River. Featuring an enormous dam, the Daniels Area is also popular with swimmers. Launching a kayak or canoe is also a great way to enjoy the river.

One of Maryland's most iconic sights, the historic Thomas Viaduct traces its history to 1835. It continues to reign as the longest multiple-arched stone railroad bridge in the world and spans more than 600 feet across the Patapsco River in the Avalon Area of the park. Also of historical interest is the 300-foot Swinging Bridge in the Orange Grove Area. Cross the bridge to explore the ruins of an old flour mill.

Thanks to its riverside setting Patapsco Valley State Park is a top destination for anglers. Most of the park is open to fishing, with the chance to reel in sunfish, smallmouth, bass and more – perfect for a fish fry back at your RV rental site. In the spring, fast flowing rapids and shallow pools in the McKeldin Area make for excellent trout fishing. McKeldin is also home to a popular 18-hole disc golf course that takes you through forested fairways and grassy fields.

Camping at Patapsco Valley State Park

RV camping at Patapsco Valley State Park offers a unique chance to wake up in a sun-dappled forest and roast marshmallows around a crackling fire. The park maintains two campgrounds, one in the Hilton Area reserved for tents only and another in the Hollofield Area, which welcomes RVs. Take your pick of more than 70 sites, some with electrical hookups of up to 50 amp. You'll also enjoy all the creature comforts you'd expect when state park RV camping, including hot showers and flush toilets near each loop.

Sites are on the smaller size, with a maximum RV length of 25 feet. All feature picnic tables and fire rings to maximize your time outdoors. Planning to bring along Fido? Patapsco Valley State Park campground offers a handful of pet-friendly loops. Be sure to read the Maryland Park Service Pet Policy and reserve a designated site. Camp hosts are on-hand to welcome you to the park and answer any questions.

Exploring the Area

At just 10 miles from Downtown Baltimore, Patapsco Valley State Park is a great base for exploring Charm City. Admire masterpieces at the Walters Art Museum, stroll around the bustling Inner Harbor and work your way through a bounty of farm-to-table restaurants. History buffs shouldn't miss the Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, where 'The Star-Spangled Banner' anthem was penned during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. For a change of scene from camp food check out Cross Street Market, where you'll find organic produce, craft beer and gourmet picnic supplies.

If museums and monuments make you tick spend the day in Washington DC. Work your way through iconic sights like the Lincoln Memorial, United States Capitol and The White House. Closer to the park, Elliot City is a great place to stock up on supplies. There are gas stations and grocery stores, as well as cafes, restaurants and even a craft brewery.

If you're motorhome camping with kids, Clark's Elioak Farm is guaranteed to please. The working farm features a petting zoo, pony rides and seasonal pumpkin patch. There are also plenty of play and picnic areas to explore, plus special activities on summer weekends. Golfers will jump at the chance to tee off at Hobbit’s Glen, a par-72 course that's hosted a handful of Champions Tour events.

RV Rentals in Patapsco Valley State Park, MD

Patapsco Valley State Park, MD is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Patapsco Valley State Park. Outdoorsy's Patapsco Valley State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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Patapsco Valley State Park

Close to Baltimore, lots of great hiking, small waterfalls and mountain biking.

Mar 15, 2019