PVSP is open to visitors!

We encourage responsible use of the park in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the State of Maryland and the Maryland Park Service.

We welcome our diverse community. Patapsco Valley State Park is a pack in pack out park, please plan to talk all of your trash home with you! Please park in approved areas only, illegal parking puts stress on our shared natural resource. We have seen recording setting attendance at the park, we recommend visiting the park during off peak hours and at locations that are less crowded.

Frequently asked questions

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Many of our programs and events have been postponed or are on “pause” due to the COVID19 Pandemic. While our volunteer efforts have been sidelined, rest assured that we continue our work at PVSP! Projects such as the Mobile Interpretive Park Center (MIPC), the OEC Connecter Trail Project, the Dogwood Trail and a Recreational Trail Program grant providing for new trailhead kiosks and bike fixit stations are cranking in high gear!

PVSP is your park and we are glad you are here! Please practice excellent park etiquette and take all of your trash with you – love the park and leave it better than you found it!

PVSP es tu parque y nos alegra que estés aquí. Por favor, practique la etiqueta excelente del parque y lleve toda su basura con usted: ¡ame el parque y déjelo mejor de lo que lo encontró!


What do you love about Patapsco Valley State Park? 

Is it a swim in the river, or rock climbing, or an adventure on the park’s 200+ miles of trails, or a hike with your family on the Grist Mill Trail, or a visit to the Bloede Dam Site, or a 16-mile paddle to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, or a family reunion, or a day of fishing in a secluded spot, or building trail, or planting trees, or watching birds, or riding your horse, or… the opportunities are as diverse as our users.

¿Es un baño en el río, escalada en roca, o una aventura en los más de 200 kilómetros de senderos del parque, o una caminata con su familia en el sendero Grist Mill, o una visita al sitio de la presa Bloede, o un recorrido de 16 millas? remar hasta el puerto interior de Baltimore, o una reunión familiar, o un día de pesca en un lugar apartado, o construir senderos, plantar árboles, observar pájaros, montar a caballo o … las oportunidades son tan diversas como nuestros usuarios

Over 1 million people have visited Patapsco Valley State Park so far in 2020!

The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park Ltd. (FPVSP), a 501c3 organization, supports the park by promoting stewardship through programming, sustainable recreation, and the preservation and restoration of its natural resources.

Click here for the latest information on Patapsco Trail Fest!
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Mobile Interpretive Park Center

Thanks to a generous grant through the Maryland Heritage Area program we are proud to announce the Mobile Interpretive Park Center!

We are underway! Like many of our programs, our MIPC project is running behind schedule to due to the COVID19 Pandemic – but, the vehicle is now at Off Grid Adventure Vans (our van “upfitter”) and is being built out for use at PVSP!

The Mobile Interpretive Park Center is supported by:

Our new Sprinter Van! Thank you Catonsville Mercedes Benz for your support in acquiring this awesome, 4×4 machine!
The interior of the MIPC will be built out to hold items for park wide (and beyond) visitor outreach, emergency services and transportation of the park’s popular Scales & Tales program!

In 2020 Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park and the Maryland Park Service will launch a sprinter van that will travel throughout the park (and beyond) and function as mobile visitors center. The MIPC will be staffed by Spanish speaking park rangers and be full of bilingual activities. We looking forward to supporting our diverse stewardship community!

We need your help with this important project! –

Contact us and be a part of the MIPC!

The MIPC brings PVSP to diverse locations and communities!
Renderings of the MIPC!
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