8/5/2020: Patuxent Branch Trail Connection is complete. View our plan.
8/5/2020: Designated parking lot at 9190 Old Guilford Road for the Patuxent Branch Trail will be closed to public on 8/11/20 and 8/12/20 for construction of a concrete drainage swale. Additional temporary parking can be obtained on left side of driveway including an open circle area at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Address: 9190 Old Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, or as posted
Directions: Google Maps
Trek 4.6 miles on the Patuxent Branch Trail that leads you along the Patuxent River from Savage Park to Lake Elkhorn. Along the way are interpretive signs and the historic Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge that spans the Little Patuxent River along Old Guilford Road. The mostly paved pathway provides you with the perfect hiking or biking trail. Runners will also enjoy the variety of terrain that offers challenges for all ability levels. Wildlife is abundant, so bird watching is also a favorite pastime for users of this trail.
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
Subtitle 19 (PDF)
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.
Printable Brochure 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)
We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather - canceling is a last resort. However: