he 1,403-acre McKeldin Area of Patapsco State Park, best known for its varied, steep and wooded terrain, is reminiscent of the mountains of Western Maryland. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on eight miles of trails. Facilities include two large picnic shelters with grills and a fireplace, and eight smaller shelters in a forested setting.
McKeldin's predominantly oak upland forests and the river wetlands support a wide variety of plants and animals. Watch for rabbits, gray squirrels, woodchucks, red fox and white-tailed deer. Along the banks of the Patapsco River, you may spot Canada geese, green herons, kingfishers, mallards and wood ducks year-round. Although rarely seen, screech owls, barred owls, great-horned owls, kestrels and wild turkey also inhabit the forest.