Robinson Nature Center


Nature Place





Robinson Nature Center Walking Trails brochure

Robinson Nature Center has approximately 1 mile of trails. Portions of the trail are paved, while the majority of the trails traverse rugged, wooded terrain. The paved portions of the trail are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Click on the links below to download or browse Robinson's Walking Trails brochure and a map of the trails.

Accessing the Trails

Our trails are accessible to pedestrian traffic when the building is closed. However, if you are driving to the Center, please note that the parking lot gates are only open during the building's hours of operation (Weds - Sat from 9AM to 5 PM, and Sun from Noon to 5 PM). For safety reasons, the trail may be closed if there is maintenance scheduled or if there are high winds.

What You Can Expect

Along our trails, you will encounter a stream crossing and views of the Middle Patuxent River. The trails are non-surfaced and take approximately 20-30 minutes to hike. Along the trails, you can enjoy a variety of trees marked by arboretum signage generously donated by the Howard County Forestry Board.

Please pay admission or purchase an annual pass if you plan to use our trail so that we may continue to maintain the trail.

Trail Rules

walking trail marker tag

Please stay on our trail, marked with the yellow trail hiker symbol. Do not make your own trail. Bikes are not allowed on our trails as the trails are narrow and we do not want our walking patrons to be disturbed.

Sycamore Stroll Trail at Mill Race

Dog Policy

Keep the Nature Center Wild! We request that you refrain from bringing a dog to the Nature Center or the Nature Center trail. Many visitors come to the Nature Center to see birds and other wildlife that dogs scare away. Additionally, the Nature Center serves a large number of children who may be scared of dogs. We want children to feel safe and to have the chance to enjoy the wildlife. Please note that the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks maintains numerous trails on which leashed dogs are welcome. Service animals trained to assist patrons with disabilities are welcome in the building and on the trails when harnessed.




Nature Place

Nature Place play elements

Have you ever spent time in our Children's Discovery Room and wished your child could take that same opportunity for inquisitive play outdoors? Your wish is now a reality with the Nature Place at Robinson!

Developed in consultation with a design team from the nationally-recognized Nature Explore group, this space provides opportunities for children to explore nature with their imagination, creativity and energy. See a video of the ribbon-cutting here.

We hope you enjoy the new space. You can also be a part of making this space for connecting children with nature at Robinson even better. Check out the opportunities below.

How You Can Help:

Small, large and in-kind donations are welcome. Click here to see all of the exciting play elements that you can contribute towards.

Would you like to be one of our Play Naturalists facilitating activity and orienting families to the space? Contact us (410-313-0400) and let us know of your interest.

By becoming a Friend of the Robinson Nature Center, or by purchasing an annual pass, you can support the upkeep of the Nature Place in addition to other membership benefits!