Did you know there is a cave in Howard County? A cave almost in your backyard.
You will not find large stalactites, waterfalls, pipe organs or a gift shop. You will have a visit with nature and history. The place is Camel’s Den Cave near Danials.
According to an article in the Baltimore Sun in 1993, Camel’s Den Cave is the county’s only underground attraction.The cave is part of Patapsco State Park and is accessible from Daniels. Camel’s Den is 6 feet wide, 8 feet high and 15 feet long, carved from a highly crystallized sedimentary rock known as Cockeysville marble. The cave was used by Indians, most likely as an overnight shelter for hunting parties following the Patapsco River valley inland from villages near Chesapeake Bay.
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Another cave is located near Woodstock.
WOODSTOCK CAVE is Late Archaic or Early Woodland period rock shelter identified along the southern bank of the Patapsco River, west of the Town of Woodstock. The site is situated on the steeply sloping northern face of a broad finger ridge that extends along the southern side of the river. Woodstock Road crosses the Patapsco River approximately 250 m (820.2 ft) east of the site. Eleanor Wilcox of the Archeological Society of Maryland visited the rock shelter in 1966, completing the site form currently on file at the MHT.
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Another cave was discovered in downtown Ellicott City a few years ago. The Ellicott City flood in 2016 unearthed this discovery. Click here for Washington Post story.