Hollofield Area Campground

Patapsco Valley State Park

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Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Reservations: 888-432-2267
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GPS: 39.2952, -76.7879

Last Price Paid: $30
Number of Sites: 73
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 411 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Thumb horr
Annapolis, MD
25 Airstream International Signature FB
2 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 420

matthorr would stay here again

“Great park and friendly hosts. ”

Reviewed Aug 29, 2017

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The goods: the park has great trails and is close to Ellicott City (a historic area, also plenty of nearby shops and restaurants, particularly Korean). The river is rocky and you can easily wade into it to cool off. Fishing is allowed in the park. The hosts (sites 422 & 423) are very friendly, firewood is $5 a bundle. The dump station is near the hosts, fresh water is near the bathhouse in the middle of the inner loop, trash dumpster is at the entrance side (low number) of the inner loop.

The others: Campsites are close together so you will see your neighbors (though it was very quiet). Some sites have 30A/20A service only (inner loop). The road from the park entrance is long and steep, so it is a long hike (but the campground loop and ridge trails are worth it). If you don't need electric, site 430 is the nicest trailer site.

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Voyagers On Wheels
Jupiter, FL
33 Winnebago Voyage
2004 Honda CRV
53 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 400

Voyagers On Wheels would stay here again

“Pretty much everything we want in a campground”

Reviewed Apr 15, 2017

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****NOTE the name of this place is Hollofield Campground at Patapsco Valley State Park NOT Hollofield State Park. There are 2 camping areas within this State Park-cabins are in the Hilton area (and they do not allow pets in that area.) Hollofield is for tents and RVs and this review is for that area.

****MD no longer uses Reserve America but its own state site: https://parkreservations.maryland.gov

***PAY ATTENTION to directions if your rig is over 11' high

We stayed 5 days at this lovely campground and wish we'd had more time since we didn't get all that we wanted to do done.

Access: I cannot stress enough the need to follow the directions to the campground if you are above 11'. You MUST use Rte 40 EAST/Baltimore National Pike. There is a stone underpass after you leave 40E that is only 11'1". That said, if you follow the directions it is very easy to get there. The entrance to the campground/park is well marked. But the entry process is a bit of a ding. They advise you to call ahead if you will arrive after 4pm to have a ranger meet you but from the (futile) attempts my husband made to get a trail map from the ranger at the front gate it might make sense to call at any time. We arrived 2 hours earlier than check i time and were told we had to wait in the parking lot until 3pm as the "computer would not allow check in) Aside from the fact that this is a pretty small window it was OK. We met fellow "early birds" while waiting and once the computer allowed it we were handed all our papers including the gate code. But, at none of the other 3 times hubby went to get a map did he find the booth occupied. So, call ahead. One other thing, you will need the gate code to access the road to the campground which goes down a very steep hill and then back up one before getting to the actual campground.

We had made our reservations on Reserve America before MD created their own state reservation site but had no problem with that.

There are two loops in the CG-the inner loop has the electric only sites the outer loop has no services. They are quite shaded so solar would not work. Generators are allowed. The tents and RVs are interspersed with each other though mostly RVs in the electric sites. We were the at the beginning of Easter w/e and it began to fill up on Fri night but it was quiet. Sites 400-405 back up to a wooded area that is just in front of a suburban development and we were afraid it might be noisy. It wasn't at all. There is a huge power line running above those sites if that kind of thing concerns you. The site sizes, degree of slope and privacy differed but virtually all were fine. The non-electric sites on the outer side of the outer loop tended to looked the best. There is a train that runs by but the sound is very distant. Our site was quite sloped and we had to use 3 blocks in the rear. There was a picnic table and fire ring at the site, the surface is dirt/gravel. There is no water at the sites so if you need to fill up, proceed FIRST to the inner loop and the west side of the bathhouse where the drinking water spigot is located (back side of the bathhouse) (the dump station is at the front, east side and across from the camp host, who also sells firewood.)

The bathhouse is clean with 2 showers with excellent pressure and a shared changing area. Also, on busy weekends, the showers may run out of hot water pretty early in the morning. It was chilly during the time we were there and the camp host had sealed the vents as well as put in a nice electric radiator so the entire room was toasty. Nice detail. There is no laundry in site but within 3 miles in Catonsville or Ellicott City.

We had decent (2-3 bars) ATT boosted so I didn't think to test our Verizon. Trash is at the dump station but there was no recycle bin.

There are two hiking trails in the park. One goes down to the river and laong the train tracks for awhile. Families with kids as well as many others were hiking every day.

This is a great location for doing a variety of day trips. Washington DC is about 1.5 hours. Drive to the Glenmont Metro Station in Silver Spring. Parking, in one of the garages at the station, is $3 for the day and may be paid with your metro card (when you leave) which you can get in the station. It is then 1/2 hour to Metro Center on the Red Line.
Baltimore is 1/2 hour away.
Ellicott City has a historical area and there is all sorts of shopping on the Baltimore Pike minutes east or west, including H-Town a HUGE Korean/Asian market that also has supermarket foods. It's a great visit even if you don't buy anything and they have at least a dozen tasting stations.

All in all, except for the issue with checking in, this CG held everything we look for. Things to do on-site, close enough to laundry and shopping that it isn't a trek, close to sites to visit and quiet.

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  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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