What it’s like to work at a state park

With the beginning of summer in sight, park employees prepare for another busy season. I talked to employees of Patapsco Valley State Park’s Avalon area to see what it’s like to work at the park. | Video filmed and directed by Bailey Hendricks, Photos shot by Bailey Hendricks.

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This is the view of Patapsco Valley State Park Avlalon’s swinging bridge, crossing the Patapsco River in the Orange Grove area.

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This is the Ranger Station in the Avalon Area. The Ranger Station is the main point of contact for park patrons who have questions, need maps, directions, or other information, want to buy a park pass, or pay their entry fees.

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The Thomas Viaduct is one of the first attractions that park patrons see in the Avalon Area. Built between July 4, 1833, and July 4, 1835, the viaduct remains world’s oldest multiple arched stone railroad bridge.

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This is the view of Grist Mill trail, Patapsco Avalon’s only paved trail in the park, which follows the Patapsco River.

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This is a view of one of the most popular trails in the Avalon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park; Cascade Falls trail, which features a running waterfall.

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