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Address: 3520 Font Hill Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, or as posted
Directions: Google Maps | PDF
This 26-acre park presents many opportunities to observe and study wetlands and their wildlife. The environmental education park includes three interconnecting ponds with a surrounding boardwalk to provide a perfect place for wildlife and visitors alike. Paved pathway surface combined with the wooden boardwalk create a unique trail that winds through marshes filled with cattails and a variety of native trees and vegetation. In addition to the pathways, there are observation areas and fishing piers (fishing in large pond only). Completed in November 1997, this park was the first State/County/Private sector cooperative wetland project in the State of Maryland. The list of wildlife found at Font Hill is noteworthy. Included are 104 species of birds, 53 species of dragonflies and damselflies, at least 7 species of amphibians, and numerous species of mammals. The diverse wetlands habitat of Font Hill Park has produced some of the most prolific and varied populations of dragonflies in the entire County. Street parking is available.
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.
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
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.
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.
Field and Court Rentals
Softball/baseball and multi-purpose fields are available by permit only. Preference is given to sports leagues and community groups. There are reservation, light and tournament fees. Call 410-313-4626 for details. Softball/baseball and multi-purpose field locations are below. Tennis courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis except during scheduled lessons or tournaments.
Font Hill Wetlands Park Map
Howard County Recreation & Parks
7120 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046
410-313-4700 General Information (M-F, 8 AM-5 PM)
410-313-4665 TTY (for the hearing impaired)
410-313-PARK (7275) Registration (M-F, 8 AM-4:30 PM)