Patapsco Valley State Park McKeldin Quest

Follow the Rhymes and You'll Have a Good Time

Introduction To Quest

Questors will follow the clues and rhymes around the park to different locations. Each location will provide a number needed to open the treasure box. There are a total of seven stops around the park following different trails.entrance sign to the McKeldin area of Patapsco

Quest Information

This is a self-guided quest. Begin at the McKeldin Contact Station. Teams will find a welcome note and your first clue/rhyme. Follow the directions of the rhyme that will take you to the next stop of your journey. At each stop you will see a paper with the Park Quest logo on top. Each paper will have a code number that you will need to write down and keep handy for the end of the quest. The paper will also have your next rhyme to follow.

There are a total of seven stops (including the welcome stop). When you reach the final stop there will be a congratulations note along with the last code number. Add up all six codes that you found and that total number will open the lock on the treasure box that is at the final stop. Please use the stamp to stamp your passport and then replace it in the box. Please be courteous to the next Park Quest team and also relock the box. To open the lock: put in your numbers and then push in and pull out. To relock: scramble the numbers and push the lock in until it clicks closed.

Park Information

The McKeldin area is in the most Northern part of Patapsco, along Marriottsville Road in Carroll County. McKeldin has opportunities for the horseback rider, mountain biker, hiker and disc golfer. This area has miles of multi-use trails, which are very popular with the equestrian community. The Rapids area has drive to picnic spots with access to trails along the river. The Main Branch and the South Branch of the Patapsco River join in the McKeldin area. Rapids along the South Branch are a beautiful but dangerous feature of this section of the park. (Note the Rapids area and the pool below the rapids are closed for swimming due to dangerous currents in this area.)

McKeldin has an 18-hole disc golf course, which provides for challenging play for disc golfers no matter their skill level. Large and small picnic shelters can be reserved in this area for your family gatherings. See if you can find the shelter that has stunning views of the Liberty Reservoir Dam. Mountain bikers will find this section of Patapsco to be challenging and unique with trails that climb in and out of the river valley. This area also has a youth group camping area. Compared to other areas of Patapsco, McKeldin feels more wide open with a slower pace than the rest of the park. There are areas here that are perfect to set up your lawn chair and kick back with a good book or for a kid to explore with their binoculars, butterfly net and magnifying glass. Take a walk on the Medicine Tree Trail using our self-guided nature walk guide or just meander along the Rapids Trail as it follows river side on the South Branch.

Patapsco Valley State Park - McKeldin Area
11676 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104
GPS 39.35982 76.89112

Directions to Patapsco Valley State Park:

  • From I-695/I-70 West take I-70 to Marriottsville Rd. ( Exit 83). Go North on Marriottsville Rd. for 4 miles to the park entrance on the right.
  • From I-70 East take Rt. 40 to Marriottsville Rd. Turn left. Park entrance is 5 miles on the right.
  • From Rt. 26 take Rt. 26 to Marriottsville Rd. Go South 4 miles, park entrance is on the left.