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Frequently Asked Questions about Quiet Waters Park

Park Hours

Park Fees

Wedding Information

Meeting at Park

Picnic Pavilions

How Many Acres

What Can You Do at the Park?

Programs at the Park?

Launch My Boat?

How Can I Volunteer?


Ball Fields?



What are the park hours?

Park hours are 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekends. The park and all facilities are  closed on Tuesdays.


Do we have to pay to come in the park?

You can walk or ride your bike into the park at no charge. If you wish to drive into the park there is a vehicle entrance fee. We also have a senior pass which is a lifetime pass for a citizen 60 years old or older. You can purchase your vehicle pass at the gatehouse, but must come up to the Visitor Center office to purchase your lifetime pass. (Be sure to bring your ID with you for your lifetime pass.) Follow this link to view fees.


Can I have my wedding in the park?

Ceremonies can be held at the South River Overlook or the Pond Gazebo and is limited to 75 people maximum (limits are set to protect the natural resources of the park and also to allow access for regular patrons of the park). Chairs can be rented (if necessary) from a rental company of your choice and placed on the brick area of either location. The area is booked in two-hour increments.

Ceremonies and receptions or receptions only can be held in the Blue Heron Center, which is centrally located in the park and is surrounded by a formal garden. The capacity is 150 seated or 225 standing. Follow this link for additional wedding information.


Can I hold a meeting at the park?

Meetings or parties can also be held in the Blue Heron Center

Do you rent picnic pavilions?

We have four large picnic pavilions, each accommodate a maximum of one hundred people. We also have two small pavilions that each accommodate a maximum of fifty people. There is no running water and no electricity at the pavilions. We do not allowed amplified music at the pavilions. You can have your choice of caterers at the pavilion (no generators allowed) or you have ample grills and space to do your own grilling. Payments for pavilions are due in full within two weeks of making your reservation. There is much open space in the park if you wish to bring in volleyball equipment, horseshoes, etc. We do not supply any sports equipment, but we do encourage you to bring your own and have a good time! All alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Follow this link for pavilion rental information.

How many acres is Quiet Waters Park?

Quiet Waters Park is 340 total acres.

What can visitors do at the Quiet Waters Park?

Visitors can walk, jog, or bike on over 6 miles of paved trails winding through hardwood forests and past grassy fields, play at the brand new large, multi-level children’s playground, enjoy the vistas of the South River Promenade and Scenic Overlook, or picnic among 340 acres of beautiful park land.  Boating opportunities are available seasonally. The park’s Visitor Center includes formal gardens, art galleries, and public restrooms.

What programs does the park offer?

There are regular programs that take place annually to include the following: summer concerts, earth day, fine arts festival and art gallery exhibits.

Can I launch my boat in the park?

Visit the Cartop Boat Launch site for cartop canoe and kayak launch information. 
Rentals are provided by Paddle or Pedal. Enjoy Quiet Waters Park's peaceful water setting by renting a bicycle, canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board, sailboat or pedal boat to explore the coves of Harness Creek. Weather permitting, the hours of operation: open every day except Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last rental), closed at 6:00 p.m. For further information on boat rentals and fees, visit the
Paddle or Pedal website or call (410) 271-7007.

How can I volunteer?

We have an organization under the name of  Friends of Quiet Waters Park. This group of volunteers helps the park in many ways - through programs, benefits, art exhibits, fund-raisers and many other areas. If you wish to volunteer for the park you can call and ask for the park ranger in charge of volunteers and he/she will guide you in the right direction.

Can I swim in the park?

Swimming is not allowed anywhere in the park.

Do you have ball fields?

We do not have ball fields in the park, but you are welcome to bring in your own equipment for a less than official game, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, etc. We do not provide any sports equipment in the park.


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