Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, trail running, and mountain biking, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park’s many popular pavilions. The park is nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery. We have over 200 miles of trails, and one of the most engaged volunteer communities in the U.S.!
Trail Work at Patapsco Valley State Park is a big fun production with park users from all walks of the valley. Each year we log over 4000 hours of volunteer trail work in what is one of the countries largest trail work series. We welcome all users, all ages and abilities!
Attention – the Patapsco Bicycles May 3rd trail work day is postponed.
The 2020 Trail Work Series will center around a natural surface trail connection to Ellicott City. The OEC Connector (Old Ellicott City) will connect the Hollofield area of the park with downtown Ellicott City. Trail work is hard work and very rewarding! – nothing beats hiking, running, cycling, or walking on a trail that you had a hand in constructing!
We’ll be demonstrating grade reversals and drainages, full bench work and sustainable trail design while staying on top of a consistent trail bed width, and outslope. We have a grand time swinging tools and making friends. You should bring gloves and sturdy footwear suitable for doing trail work outside, something to drink, a smiling face and your favourite tool (we have a trailer full of tools too). Expect to get dirty, possibly a little wet and have a ton of fun doing it! We’ll bring donuts, tools, know-how, lunch, beverages, and a highly coveted, volunteer-only t-shirt!
(Dear parents/guardians, please bring a change of clothes for the little people, they’ll need it – and please be prepared to supervise your kids!)
Our volunteers are dedicated and diverse, be ready for community and fun!
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