The Patapsco
8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043 | Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park: 443-517-9963 | Patapsco Valley State Park: 410-461-5005

May 14, 2015 Friends Fundraiser
Elkridge Furnace Inn, 6:30 pm

Image of May 14, 2015 fundraiser
Please join the Friends for an evening of fun and fundraising that supports initiatives for enhancing the Patapsco Valley State Park. The Elkridge Furnace Inn provides a perfect backdrop for great food and conversation about the park and the folks that help to keep it an amazing resource for generations to come.

The Park, The People, The Play!
Images of people of all physical abilities and a concept for a Hollofield park playground
Help support the Hollofield Play Space, a boundless recreation area designed for park visitors of all physical abilities. Click on the link to learn more!

Nature Nook Donations Now Available
The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park need your help in outfitting the Nature Nook. See our wish list of items needed to outfit children with an up-close and personal look at the nature that surrounds them. All donations are tax-deductible. Visit MyRegistry to learn more about this opportunity and how you or your organization can partner in creating this important educational and multi-use area of the Hollofield Play Space.

Family Fun Day
Images from Family Fun Day
Fun was had by all at Family Fun Day. Do you have a love for the outdoors, and a little spare time? Learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available in the park. Join in on the fun!

What You Make Happen
Images of FPVSP Activities
Thank you for your support! Your commitment to FPVSP makes these projects and many more possible.

Facilitated removal of Union and Simkins Dams
Engaged in feasibility study for removal of Bloede Dam
Provided funding for Nature Center supplies
Supported Boy Scout Eagle projects in the park
Supported PVSP Volunteer Fair with food, beverages, and giveaways
Supported PVSP Volunteer Appreciation picnic with recognition gifts for volunteers
Volunteered at Avalon Visitor Center
Removed heavy debris from Patapsco River/Ellicott City
Removed heavy debris from PVSP/Daniels area

River Cleaning
Image of a clean up for large debris in the Patapscoair River
Generally, river cleanups involve walking along a shoreline or paddling in boats to remove typical debris like bottles, food containers, and packaging. But in the case of the FPVSP, trash cleanup is anything but typical. Volunteers and garbage bags were replaced by tow trucks and dump trucks. Read more...

Dam Be Gone!
Image of Patapscoair River dam removal
Friend's continued efforts towards Patapsco River dam removal are starting to pay off! Many have participated in the work and FPVSP want to thank all those who have helped to realize these river restoration projects.

A presentation was given to mark the progress.


Invasive Sightings
Wavyleaf Basketgrass invasive
Help Control Wavyleaf Basketgrass. If you've seen this Highly Invasive Species, Report Your Sightings




The Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,000 acres and five developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding trails, nature and history study, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park's many popular pavilions.

8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043 | Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park: 443-517-9963 | Patapsco Valley State Park: 410-461-5005
Mission and Goals
Membership & Donations
Patapsco Valley History
Friends of Friends

The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park is a non-profit organization that assists park staff in achieving their goals of providing quality services, facilities and programs to park visitors. The group raises funds to support special projects and park improvements.

Link to friends brochure
Interpretive Plan for the Avalon Area
and Visitor Center