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David Force Natural Resource Area

Address: 2995 Pebble Beach Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Phone: 410-313-4700

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, or as posted

Directions: Google MapsPDF

This park was funded in part by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Grants.

Here is a 221-acre natural resource area that is relatively undisturbed. This area is allowed to remain as an important forested area to protect water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and support recreational hiking and nature observation.

This site is sandwiched between Interstate 70 in the north and US Route 40 to the south. The main entrance is located on the southern edge of the property off of Pebble Beach Drive in the Community of Turf Valley. The area surrounding is mostly residential and Turf Valley Country Club is positioned to the north and west of this location. There are no restroom facilities at this site.

“Howard County has a multitude of natural resources that add to the County’s character and it is imperative that they are protected to help maintain the high quality of life that Howard County residents enjoy. The natural resources of the County are finite. As development continues and the County nears build-out, the protection of these resources will become increasingly vital to protecting the health and quality of life of Howard County’s citizens, wildlife and the natural environment”. These are words taken directly from the Comprehensive Recreation, Parks and Open Space Plan developed by the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks. They clearly indicate the Department’s commitment to natural resource stewardship.

Park Information

Rules and Regulations

To Report a Park Concern

To report damage or park concerns, leave a message on the Department's hot-line, 410-313-DIRT (3478). For emergencies dial 911.

Park Rules

The purpose of these regulations is to provide a safe and peaceful use of County parks and park land; for recreational and educational benefit and enjoyment; and for the protection and preservation of the property, facilities and natural resources of the County. Park land and recreation programs conducted on park land are open for use by all members of the public regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disability. Click on the links below for more information about our regulations.

Howard County Code

Title 19 - Recreation and Parks

Things to Remember  

  • Help to keep your parks beautiful -- please take your trash and recyclable items home. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. 
  • Dogs are prohibited on all Department of Recreation & Parks athletic fields.
  • Dogs must be secured by a leash or lead and under control of a responsible person capable of immediate and effective restraint of the animal.
  • Dog droppings may attract disease-harboring pests, and even a friendly dog can scare the birds, wildlife and park visitors. Clean up after your dog and keep it leashed; it's the law. 
  • All of our parks are inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife such as deer, snakes, fish, rabbits, insects and birds. Please do not disturb them; remember, this is their home.

Howard County Bans Smoking in All County Parks

In a continued effort to be a model public health community and preserve its rank as Maryland’s Healthiest County, Howard County was the first jurisdiction in Maryland with a total ban on smoking and tobacco products of any kind in all the 57 County-owned parks and recreational areas. Enforcement will take the form of requesting voluntary compliance. However, if a smoker does not extinguish a smoking product, park staff will remind them of the new policy and could request exiting the property if they choose to continue smoking.

For more information about the ban, to read the Executive Order or to learn more about smoking cessation programs, click here.

Amenities/Natural History


Natural History Species list for this park have been provided by the Howard County Bird Club. The bird club's contribution has been a valuable asset in the gathering of data and documenting the numerous species of flora and fauna found in our county.

Park Map