Marking the Trail System

With over 220 miles of trails – it’s a big job!


The PVSP trail system is one of the largest suburban trail systems in the country. Our collaboration with all user groups is key to cooperative use and great trail experiences. Whether you ride, run, walk, climb or paddle at the park, Patapsco Valley State Park is for you.

Friends, working in collaboration with the Maryland Park Service, is underway with a comprehensive trail marking project at PVSP. In 2020 we have added 12 new trailhead kiosks and almost 500 trail markers (carsonite posts) to help guide park visitors through PVSP’s extensive trail system. This project is funded through a Recreational Trail Program grant, donations from individuals and businesses and is being installed by dedicated volunteers. (This project is not funded through the capital or operational budgets of the Maryland Park Service). This is an ongoing project, we welcome your support!

500 carsonite trail markers are being installed throughout the trail system. These posts will have trail names and distances, and numbering system to help identify locations on the trails.
New kiosks are being constructed to the current Maryland Park Service specifications and serve not only as place to get information about the park, but as “landmarks” in our vast trail system.

The new kiosks are much more substantial than previous signs, it’s hard work getting these installed out on the trails!
Our dedicated volunteers install signs, build trails and maintain the trail system!

“New kiosks with bilingual maps and current park regulations are an amenity for every park user, and the trail markers make our world-class trail system easier to navigate.  We have received tremendous support for this project and look forward to continued community investment.”

Dave Ferraro, Executive Director, FPVSP


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