Here is where it began and here is where it still stands for you to explore.

  1. B&O Ellicott City Station Museum
  2. Belmont Manor & Historic Park
  3. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
  4. Ellicott City Colored School, Restored
  5. Ellicott City Firehouse Museum
  6. Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House 
  7. National Historic Road
  8. Museum of Howard County History
  9. Patapsco Female Institute
  10. Thomas Viaduct
  11. No. 8 Street Car Path
  12. Patapsco Valley State Park- Avalon Area
  13. Patapsco Valley State Park- Daniels Area
  14. Patapsco Valley State Park- Hilton Area
  15. Patapsco Valley State Park- Hollofield Area
  16. Patapsco Valley State Park- Pickall Area
  17. Rockburn Branch Park
  18. Trolley Line No. 9 Trail
  19. Banneker Planetarium
  20. Howard County Conservancy at Belmont
  21. Patapsco Heritage Greenway
  22. Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery at UMBC
  23. Lurman Woodland Theatre

Follow the river west from Baltimore, Maryland and discover where America’s industrial revolution took shape. For more than 200 years the Patapsco River Valley has given rise to historic events and scientific advances that transformed the State and the Nation. From the industrious Ellicott Brothers and other settlers who harnessed the river’s falls into power for America’s earliest mills, to the that (#7) origins of the Historic National Road moved the country westward. From a nationally renowned educational institute for to the scientific genius of a free (#9) girls black mathematician who helped layout the. From the (#3) streets of Washington D.C. national landmark structures and architectural to (#1 & 10) wonders of early railroading might the ambitious conservation efforts that ultimately resulted in Maryland’s first State Park. (#14)

Looking to get outside and be active? There’s a variety of fun recreational activities in the Valley. Whether you’re looking for a paved, stroller friendly path, a robust hike to a, or a challenging (#12) beautiful waterfall cycling route. Enjoy a leisurely canoe or kayak or improve your (#13) paddle on the river mountain biking skills at a BMX skills course. (#17) More than 200 miles of trails traverse, (#12,13,14,15,16) Patapsco Valley State Park many leading to hidden remnants of and (#12) yesterday, an iconic swinging bridge. Amenities (#12) beautiful Cascade Falls include family-friendly picnic and play areas, a sensory-friendly trail, and a (#14,15,16) nature center with seasonal, interpretive. For a spectacular view of the (#14) programs in the (#15) Valley visit the scenic overlook Hollofield Area. Colorful murals grace urban pathways that connect visitors to local neighborhoods. Built along old railway beds and historic street car a walk along these trails is (#11,18) lines reminiscent of an earlier transportation era.

The Patapsco Valley is a wonderful place to discover and appreciate nature. The Patapsco River offers anglers peaceful spots along a stocked river. Bald eagles have returned and recent efforts to restore the river to its natural course is having a positive impact on the health of its aquatic life. Many unique species of wild flowers lie hidden deep in secluded woods as well as birds and other wildlife. There is even a place to explore the (#19) wonders of the galaxy. Appreciation for and insight into this delicate ecosystem is featured at the Howard County Conservancy’s Nature Center at Belmont where educational guided hikes are (#20) offered monthly. In its stewardship capacity Patapsco Heritage rallies volunteers to remove (#21) Greenway trash and invasive species, and plant trees. Get your hands dirty and join us for an upcoming event. Better yet, become a member of our organization to help preserve and protect the Valley.

Home to two college campuses cultural opportunities abound in the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. Unique exhibits, exciting lectures, dance and theater productions, and an array of musical performances take place throughout the year. Each summer, outdoor music fills the air at multiple venues including a beautiful, naturally wooded outdoor amphitheater. Shakespearean actors take the stage (#23) and weekend (#9) amidst historic ruins festivals bring live music. One of Maryland’s largest July 4th celebration includes a parade and a (#7) down the historic National Road popular evening fireworks display. Easels can be found along streets and the river banks as artists flock to PAINT IT! a popular plein air weekend. Shoppers are sure to find the perfect gift at one of the artist-owned and operated fine art galleries featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fine woodworking and prints by local artists.