Patapsco Valley State Park

Alerts

Hilton Playground Closed

Portions of the Hilton playground will be closed. Due to the construction of new playground equipment, the Hilton area playground is expected to be under construction until October 2016. For more up to date information, call 410-461-5005.

Music Permit

Music permits are issued for shelter groups only. To play any music you must obtain a music permit before the day of your event. If you are renting an A or B shelter, you must rent both A & B to obtain a music permit. Our music permits required the following since 2015:

  • Amplified sound must be kept at a reasonable level.
  • Sound must not be audible at other park facilities as determined by Duty Ranger (i.e., other shelters, roadways)
  • The Duty Ranger may cancel the permit at any time.
  • The person who is assigned the permit has the responsibility to insure compliance with the permit.
  • No P.A. systems allowed in this shelter/area

As of January 1, 2016 the policy has been updated to add the following:

  • No Microphones, P.A. Systems or D.J. equipment allowed in the shelter/area.

The policy only allows the use of a radio, i-pod, laptop and small computer speakers. Failure to comply with the conditions of the permit will result in cancellation of the permit by a ranger. The change in the music policy is due to numerous noise complaints from park neighbors and other park patrons. We are trying to insure the enjoyment of the park by all patrons. If you have any questions or need to obtain a music permit please call 410.461.5005. Thank you for your understanding.

Dogwood Road Bridge Construction and Detour

Baltimore County Department of Public Works is currently in the final design phase for planning for the replacement of Bridge# B-0347 Dogwood Road over Dogwood Run in Baltimore County, Maryland. This project will require minor impacts to the Patapsco Valley State Park. Construction of the proposed project is expected to begin in July 2014. During construction Dogwood Road will be closed and traffic will be detoured via signed, detour routes. It is anticipated that construction will take five to six months. For more information, please refer to the attached Public Notice and associated detour map.


Preventative Vegetation Management

Please be advised that Baltimore Gas and Electric will be performing preventative vegetation management through areas of Patapsco Valley State Park. For information on this type of trimming work, refer to the following webpage: http://www.bge.com/safetyreliability/reliability/treetrimming/pages/default.aspx

Sediment Temporarily Impacts Fishing Below Bloede Dam

Ellicott City, Md. (March 30, 2012) - Since the removal of Simkins Dam, sediment has made its way down the Patapsco River and is now filling deeper holes and pools below Bloede Dam. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds recreational anglers that this is only temporary. The occurrence is an expected and natural process that was accounted for during initial planning.


WARNING: Paddlers & Anglers

Recent storms have scoured out areas of the Patapsco River at the old Union Dam site leaving exposed concrete and rebar, creating hazardous conditions. Park staff has clearly marked the hazards and will work to remove them as soon as possible. The Patapsco River and river bank remain closed through this construction area until further notice.

Secure Your Valuables

Secure your vehicle before you hit the trails at Patapsco Valley State Park. Valuable items left in plain sight in your vehicle are an invitation for theft. Leave your valuables at home, secure them on your person, or in secure, non-visable areas of your vehicle, such as your trunk.

Special Events

Any groups requiring more than two facility rentals for one event (campsites, shelters, or any combination, thereof) must contact the park directly to make these arrangements. This will assure that park management will be able to assist you in making your event a success. Note: This service may be subject to a $25 Special Event Fee. Contact the Park Headquarters at 410-461-5005.

Inflatable Play Equipment Notice

Inflatable play equipment and trampolines are prohibited on site without a permit. This permit must be obtained 3 weeks in advance by the reservation holder of the event. To obtain a permit and the necessary paperwork required, contact the park office at 410-461-5005, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Due to the need for water conservation, any device requiring water (for instance portable swimming pools, dunk tanks, etc.) are NOT allowed in the park.​​