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 take all of your trash home with you! Please park in approved areas only, illegal parking puts stress on our shared natural resource and our surrounding neighborhoods. We have seen record setting attendance at the park, (over 2 million people so far in 2020!) – we recommend visiting the park during off peak hours and at locations that are less crowded.

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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 2 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.

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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!

¡Gracias a una generosa subvención a través del programa Maryland Heritage Area, estamos orgullosos de anunciar el Mobile Interpretive Park Center!

The Mobile Interpretive Park Center (MIPC) is nearing completion! We are so excited to get the show on the road!

The interior of the MIPC is perfectly outfitted to reach our visitors throughout the park!
The MIPC is a 4 wheel drive Mercedes Sprinter Van! Thank you Mercedes Benz Catonsville!
Off Grid Adventure Vans is a top notch upfitter! The interior of the MIPC is dialed in!
Test driving the almost ready MIPC!

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!

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!

En 2020, Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park y Maryland Park Service lanzarán una camioneta velocista que viajará por todo el parque (y más allá) y funcionará como centro de visitantes móvil. El MIPC contará con guardaparques de habla hispana y estará lleno de actividades bilingües. ¡Esperamos poder apoyar a nuestra diversa comunidad de mayordomía!

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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