CONTACT: 410-887-2503

Park Information

Park Rules

All Park users should be aware of the following Park rules which apply to all areas of Cromwell Valley Park at all times. They have been instituted for the safety of Park visitors, he Park is open from SUNRISE to SUNSET. Gates ARE LOCKED at dark.

Park attendants/employees are the final authority in any dispute regarding the interpretation of the printed Park rules and regulations, or in any manner that may arise that is not covered by the Park rules and regulations. Any violation of the rules and regulations shall result in the persons being asked to vacate the Park. Those persons may also be subject to legal action.  It is understood that the person/persons in charge of an organization or group utilizing the Park will be responsible for the actions and safety of the group and will comply with rules as stated.



  • You MUST Park your vehicle in designated parking areas. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN A PARKING CITATION.
  • We are a TRASH FREE Park, so please take your trash and recyclables with you when you leave.
  • The set up and use of tents, or pop-up type canopies is NOT allowed in the Park.
  • Amplified music is NOT allowed in the Park. Folks are welcome to play a guitar, or use a small radio/disc player, but no amplification.
  • Moon Bounces, or any other type of portable and/ or inflatable play equipment, are strictly prohibited.
  • Balloons are NOT allowed in the Park and balloon releases are strictly prohibited.
  • Metal Detecting is NOT allowed in the Park.
  • The use of any fireworks or firecrackers is NOT allowed.
  • Drone operators may not interfere with Park programs, may not harass wildlife, and may not fly near livestock or over open bodies of water.
  • Smoking is NOT allowed within 30 feet of any building.
  • Smoke bombs are NOT allowed.



Your pets must be leashed at all time, in all areas of the Park. Owners are responsible for cleanup. “Mutt Mitts” and waste receptacles are located throughout the Park. ANIMAL CITATIONS WILL BE ISSUED TO THOSE OWNERS WHO CHOOSE NOT TO COMPLY.



  • Bicycles (mountain, street or off-road) and are NOT allowed on any Park trails, fields, forests or off-trail  at any time.  Bikes are ONLY permitted on paved surfaces (driveways, access road between Willow Grove Nature Center and Sherwood, as well as the Sherwood driving circle.).
  • Horseback riding is NOT permitted anywhere in the Park.
  • Campfires are NOT allowed in the Park unless part of a Naturalist led or Scout program. Campfire rings can NOT be used by the general public. Scout groups must contact the Park Office to schedule campfire ring use prior to their program.
  • Volleyball, badminton, and horseshoe games are permitted in the open field next to the Willow Grove Farm kiosk and Sherwood House Park Office front lawn.


Commercial Photographers are REQUIRED to apply for a permit from the Park Office. Please allow 5 days for approval once your Permit Application, Certificate of Insurance, and Waiver are submitted.



  • Charcoal-type fires are permitted in private and park owned grills.  All charcoal MUST be disposed of in designated red charcoal barrels only.
  • Propane grills are NOT allowed in the Park.
  • Picnic tables are not to be moved from one area to another.
  • Alcohol is permitted in picnic areas if consumed responsibly.
  • Trash in = Trash out. Leave no trace.  Please take all trash with you when you leave the Park.
A Message from the Park Sr. Naturalist, Kirk Dreier & the Cromwell Valley Park Council

Cromwell Valley Park is open for public visitation 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.
In order to enhance Park security, the gates at Willow Grove Farm and Sherwood Farm are closed each evening at sunset and re-opened at sunrise. All CVP visitors should make sure that they leave the Park before the gates are closed. Vehicles in the Park after sunset may be locked in overnight. Any persons in the Park after sunset may also be charged with trespassing. Everyone’s co-operation with this procedure will ensure that CVP remains a safe and secure place for everyone to enjoy.

Commercial Photographer Information

As Cromwell Valley Park is public parkland, professional photography sessions CAN NOT be conducted without a permit (Baltimore County Recreations & Parks Directive A-13). All requests for permits must be reviewed by the Director or their designee and be accompanied by a letter detailing the activity, justification of the need for this particular site and a projected income statement. All commercial vendors must provide insurance in compliance with Baltimore County standards. Effective 6/1/20, a COVID-19 Waiver must be included with the insurance certificate.

All Professional Photographers MUST provide the following:

Company shall have comprehensive general liability insurance for combined bodily injury and property damage with a minimum policy limit of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence and $2,000,000.00 in the aggregate, and shall name Owner as an additional insured on the policy as follows…

Baltimore County, Maryland a body corporate and politic Courthouse,
2nd Floor 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204
AND Cromwell Valley Park Council

A copy of the above insurance certificate MUST be sent to Cromwell Valley Park Office.
2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
Fax: 410-823-5857
Email: [email protected]

If you have any questions, please call me at 410.887.2503 between 9 AM and 2 PM, Monday through Friday.

Kirk Dreier
Sr. Naturalist/Director
Cromwell Valley Park
2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, MD 21234

Please contact the Cromwell Valley Park Office for more details.
Monday through Friday: 8:30pm – 2:30pm

Phone 410.887.2503
E-mail: [email protected]

Park Directions

From Beltway to east entrance:
Take the I-695 beltway, get off at Exit 29A (from either direction).
Turn left at the first light onto Cromwell Bridge Road, then go about 1 mile. (Watch for the speed camera by the school.)
Pass 1st entrance (Sherwood Farm).
In another ½ mile, at 2nd entrance, turn left onto park entry road at 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road. Sign says “Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, Willow Grove Farm.”
Follow the road across the bridge, and park in gravel parking lot on left. Careful, as the entry road is one lane. If someone is driving out, you need to wait at the top.

First (west) Entrance to Park
Sherwood Farm and Park Office

2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
GPS: 39.415, -76.552

Effective 1/1/24
Sherwood Office is open
8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday

Second (east) Entrance to Park
Willow Grove Farm and Nature Education Center

2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, MD 21234
GPS: 39.417, -76.548

Effective 1/1/24, Willow Grove Nature Center is open seven days a week!
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Note: If you use the addresses on your GPS, it might lead you to the wrong place. GoogleMaps takes you to Talmar and MapQuest leaves you out on the main road.v

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