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Cromwell Valley Park

Agriculture, Nature and Special Facilities
Park Hours:
Open from sunrise to sunset.

Sherwood House

Naturalist: Kirk Derier
Administrative Aide: Susan Dorsey

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234

Phone: 410-887-2503  T.D.D./Deaf 410-887-5319
Fax: 410-823-5857

Willow Grove Nature Center

Nature Center Hours: Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willow Grove Nature Center sits in CromWell Valley among the trees and beautiful landscape.

Activity Coordinator: Gina Dotterweich

Office Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2175 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234

Phone: 410-887-3014
Fax: 410-823-7661


Cromwell Valley Park encompasses 400 plus acres of stream valley and upland habitat just minutes from downtown Towson. The park offers a variety of educational, interpretive and recreational experiences related to agriculture, nature and conservation, and the cultural history of Cromwell Valley, with the Willow Grove Nature Education Center, a remodeled historic farm house, as the focal point.

Situated in an area once known as "Lime Kiln Bottom," the 435-acre Cromwell Valley Park was acquired by the Department of Recreation and Parks starting in 1993. This stream valley park is comprised of the Minebank Run flood plain, open meadows, organic farm fields, orchards and wooded piedmont hills. The park has a marked trail system which guides visitors through varied habitats and past historic structures, which include lime kilns, a log cabin and slave cemeteries.

Cromwell has over five miles of hiking trails through fields and forest, along streams and ridges, and a very active Hawk Watch site during the migration season. Our native plant garden, live animal exhibits and honey bee hives are the focal point for a variety of programs related to conservation, native plants, gardening, wildlife, pollinators, butterflies, birds, et cetera.

The diverse habitat of the park makes it an excellent area for wildlife, and opportunities for bird watching and nature study abound. In the park is also a certified organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation that serves as a demonstration of a sustainable farm and provides wholesome, local, organic produce to over one hundred families in Baltimore.

Programs and Special Events

The park works with the volunteer Cromwell Valley Park Council to provide a wide variety of programs and special events throughout the year. Please visit the Cromwell Valley Park Council website for additional program information and a calendar of events.

Featured Special Events

  • Cromwell Arts Festival
  • Holiday Open House
  • Fall Harvest Festival
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Spring Faire

Public Interpretive Programs

  • Weekend Programs for Families, Children And Adults
  • Nature and Farm Day Camp for Ages 5 to 13
  • After School Nature Programs
  • Seasonal Bird Walks
  • Children’s Garden Club
  • Seasonal Family Camping
  • Hawk Watch

Weekday School Field Trips

To schedule your group's trip contact the park office. The Park can tailor a specialized nature program for your group. Topics include: Spring Planting, Fall Harvest, Geology, Stream Strollers, Discovering Insects, Sensing Nature, Native Americans in the Valley, Tremendous Trees, Habitat Explorers, Birds of a Feather, Signs of Animals and Checkerspot Butterfly Challenges.

Revised December 11, 2015

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