Patapsco Valley State Park

ALERT - Posted 3/19/20 - Attention Trail uses within the Pickall/ Rockhaven area

Contractor are performing major construction, involving heavy machinery, trenching, earth moving, and limited periodic blasting of rock, on the Cedar Branch Relief Sewer project for Baltimore County (Contract P10 16132SX0). From now until anticipated completion in winter 2021. The work will intermittently affect the trails in the area including some closures, see map below. Red trails will be closed, Yellow will be open on weekends. Follow signs. Please use caution when using these trails and abide by posted warning signs for your safety.

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ALERT - Posted 1/23/19 - The Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area will be impacted by continued work with the Bloede Removal Project sometime between January 23, 2019 and March 31, 2019. The impacts will be minimal and occur for only a few hours on a few days. During the work, several trails will be closed in the vicinity of the dam, the river will be closed from the dam to the Swinging Bridge at Orange Grove, and river access may be limited from Orange Grove to the Gun Road Bridge. Signage and staff will alert visitors on the day of the impact. Thank you for your patience while we continue to work on the Bloede Removal Project.
ALERT - Posted 1/23/19 - Due to a waterline replacement project, there will be limited access into the park at the South Street entrance from mid February to mid March. The project will occur between Monday through Friday and not affect weekend visitation. During work, a detour will be set up for entrance along Levering Ave/River Road. During the detour no bicycle, vehicle, or pedestrian traffic will be allowed on the entrance road. Plan accordingly. As we get more details, we will update. For more information, please contact the park headquarters at 410-461-5005."
ALERT - Posted 9/18/18 - Due to the flooding event on May 27, 2018, portions of the Southern end of Patapsco Valley State Park remain closed. The closures will affect those visiting the Avalon area and Hilton area. Lost Lake remains closed. The Grist Mill Trail and trails leading to the Grist Mill Trail remain closed. The Buzzards Rock, Saw Mill, Forest Glen, Vineyard Springs, and Grist Mill Trails are all closed with the following exceptions. Buzzards Rock trail is open from Ilchester Rock North and East to the Saw Mill Trail. The North/East leg of the Saw Mill Trail is open to the Santee Trail. The Forest Glen Trail is open to the Pigs Run Trail. The Vineyard Springs trail loop section is open, the loop to the Grist Mill trail remains closed. The Glen Artney area of the park is open. Trail users should respect, for their safety and the safety of others, the closures following the signage on area trails as work continues. We will continue to re-open the remaining areas, including popular trails, as soon as it is safe for our visitors.
Park, Trail and River Closures - Due to the construction associated with the Bloede Dam Removal Project, portions of the Grist Mill Trail, the Patapsco River and the park will be closed to visitation.
All closures will occur between Ilchester Road to just downstream of Bloede Dam.
For details, and current status of this project, you can visit the DNR Bloede Dam web page or see the park bulletin board.