Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park

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

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Patapsco Trail Fest

The Patapsco Trail Fest, (PTF) is the trail event for all ages, abilities and user groups.  The event includes two nights of camping, guided hikes, paddling, rock climbing, a mountain bike race, ride and enduro, and a half and full off-road marathon and a family fun run. 

PTF is a celebratory event that shines a bright light our amazing park and our incredible trails community.

The event is presented by the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park and a coalition of nonprofits ( primarily ) including MORE, White Oak Running, Mountain Club of Maryland, Baltimore Canoe and Kayak Club, Adventures For The Cure, Mid Atlantic Climbers & Patapsco Heritage Greenway working in concert with the Maryland Park Service.

We owe a huge thanks to all of our sponsors and vendors that support us!

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Hollofield Play Space

More than just a traditional playground, the Hollofield Play Space at Patapsco Valley State Park is the first of its kind in a Maryland State Park! This fully accessible, American Disability Act-compliant Play Space is designed to allow visitors of all abilities to connect to nature through play, exploration, and reflection.  With components made of recycled materials, the Play Space is sustainable, permeable, and low-maintenance.  The purpose of the Hollofield Playspace was to create a playground designed to allow a child with mobility challenges to be able to play with their siblings, friends or a parent.

We worked with Dr. Zosha Stuckey- Towson University, Professor of English and her student grant writers –  grants were received from Coldwell Banker Cares- Sally Griffin, John J. Leidy Foundation- Lu Pierson, The Finish Line Youth Foundation- Michael Lockard, The Community Foundation of Howard County, Beverly White-Seals, Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, John Byrd and corporate sponsors were The Elkridge Furnace Inn- Dan Wecker and Williamsburg Homes- Bruce Harvey.

Hollofield Play Space is a collaboration between the Maryland Park Service and the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park.

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National Trails Day

National Trails Day!

We are so pleased to announce a 10k grant from our partners at REI to build the long awaited Bloede Trail! You heard right – a brand new, super sweet stretch of single track connecting Garrett’s Pass to Ilchester Road.

We’ll be celebrating REI’s generous gift and our incredible trail community on Sunday, June 2, 9am at pavilion 106 in PVSP. We’ll be working with our pals from Patapsco Heritage Greenway who will be leading a crew for a river clean up activity.

Important information for this event:

1. You must pre register! We are limiting participants to 200 folks – so please sign up ASAP. Sign up here:…

2. Landfill free event – pack in pack out.

3. CARPOOL! Our trail work days are big events and we just can’t fit all the cars.

THANK YOU REI for your ongoing partnership at PVSP!

Trail Builders of All Ages are welcome!
Getting the tools ready for the 2019 Patapsco Fun Series!
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Cocktails For Trails

Cocktails For Trails

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Cocktails for Trails is our annual fundraiser held on the grounds of the beautiful, historic Elkridge Furnace In.  This “party for the park”  to celebrates and supports Patapsco Valley State Park.

PVSP is an incredible resource for so many of us, whether your passion is fishing from the river, camping trips, family reunions, or a hike, paddle, run or ride on the 220 miles of natural surface trails at Patapsco.

 100% of your tax-deductible donation will be devoted to meeting park needs. In order to learn more about The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, Ltd. and our group’s ongoing efforts, please visit our Facebook page.


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