Howard County Parks
Bears and Wildlife Precautions: The spring and early summer are a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the sounds and sights nature has to offer, but also be vigilant of bears and other wildlife. Click here for more information.
Howard County offers its citizens regional, community, and neighborhood parks containing sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring. Nearly all Howard County public parks have playground areas, but we also have several stand-alone playgrounds that are not located within a traditional park. We also have an off-leash area at Worthington Park for the enjoyment of four-legged citizens accompanied by their owners.
Park Location Map (PDF) (Click here to see locations of all Howard County Parks)
click here for our County GIS Interactive Map
Park Amenities Chart (PDF)
For written directions to our Parks Click here than click on the Recreation and Parks tab
Parks, Trails and Playgrounds
= Parks funded in part by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Grants.
Are you aware that Howard County has a number of sites designated as natural resource areas? These are sites where no sports or organized athletic activities are allowed. They were set aside for the purpose of protecting and conserving the natural resources and are there for the enjoyment of those who take pleasure in passive recreational activities such as walking/hiking, bird watching, plant and animal identification, photography, etc. They all feature walking paths or trails and offer a broad variety of habitats and ecosystems for your viewing pleasure. None of the natural resource areas have restroom facilities.
Please read over our parkland rules and regulations before visiting (click the link) Parkland Rules and Regulations
To report a park violation, call 410-313-DIRT (3478) or email to: Tony Tanner or Kevin Vest, If you need emergency assistance, dial 911.