Due to damage from flooding on July 30, the trail system at the park is closed indefinitely. 


Font Hill Wetlands Park

Address: 3520 Font Hill Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone: 410-313-4700

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, or as posted

Directions: Google MapsPDF

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.

Park Information

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

Subtitle 19 (PDF) 

Things to Remember  

  • Help to keep your parks beautiful -- please take your trash and recyclable items home. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. 
  • 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.

  • 3 interconnecting ponds with a surrounding boardwalk 
  • Paved pathways
  • Observation areas
  • Fishing piers (fishing in large pond only)

Flora and Fauna - We are grateful to the years of service and the countless hours that Jo and Bob Solem have contributed to the Howard County Bird Club. Their 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) 

410-313-4660 FAX 

410-313-4665 TTY (for the hearing impaired) 

410-313-PARK (7275) Registration (M-F, 8 AM-4:30 PM)


We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather - canceling is a last resort. However:  

  • While most programs will be held despite the weather, schedules and drop-off points may change. 
  • Should lightning be a factor, outdoor activities may be moved indoors. 
  • If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County, programs may be closed early or canceled. 
  • If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County, all parks are closed. 
  • If schools are closed, delayed or dismissed early due to inclement weather or if the Board of Education suspends after-school activities, Recreation and Parks programs in schools may be affected. 
  • In the event of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather/Program Status numbers below for up-to-date information. 
  • You should check with your instructor about make-up dates for canceled sessions.