Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates.
Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines.
8/26/19: Hole 16 on the Disc golf course at Rockburn Branch Park is closed until further notice due to a drainage issue. The tee pad has been removed and the basket will be used to provide an additional throwing option at Hole 13.
The existing Disc golf course will undergo realignment and renovations in order to protect the floodplain and forest conservation areas on the site. Existing holes within the environmentally sensitive areas will be removed or re-aligned and several new holes will be created to replace existing holes that are within the sensitive areas. Holes 1 through 6 will remain in their current locations. All of the existing, re-aligned and new holes will be updated with new concrete tee boxes, signage and baskets.
1/17/2020: Clearing is complete for the new holes. Construction of the new holes should begin by early February. The new/renovated tee boxes and holes will be done in phases to allow a minimum of 17 holes to be playable while construction is ongoing. An updated map showing the current construction area and which holes are playable is posted at the kiosk near hole 1. Anticipated final completion is Summer 2020. Click here to see the map.
8/7/2020: Starting 8/10/2020 the stone road between the pavilion area and historic house will be resurfaced. The project will last about 7 days weather permitting.
6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road (West), Elkridge, MD 21075
5400 Landing Road (East), Elkridge, MD 21075
Hours: 7 am to dusk, or as posted
Directions: Google Directions: East / West | PDF Directions: East / West
Come and explore this 415-acre wooded paradise! Rockburn Branch Park offers 9 miles of pathway and trails that wind through scenic woodlands, freshwater marshes and stream valleys. In the streams, look for crayfish, minnows, water striders and dragonflies. The East Area offers 4 ball fields, 2 multipurpose synthetic turf fields and a mountain bike skills course. The West Area offers 2 regular size ball fields, two basketball courts, 3 multi-purpose fields -- 2 are mini fields and 1 is regular sized -- 4 tennis courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, picnic pavilion and a playground. Picnic pavilions are available on a first-come-first-served basis, unless reserved. Enjoy hiking trails that connect both areas. This is a popular park for sports groups and nature lovers alike! You may use the park's picnic areas on a first-come-first-served basis except when they have been reserved.
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
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.
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.
Click here to download the Park Map
Park pavilions are a great place to hold a birthday party, corporate event, large family gathering, school picnic or any other special occasion. Pavilions vary in size to accommodate any group, and many come equipped with cooking facilities.
The pavilion rental season runs from April 1 through Nov. 30, rain or shine (there are no refunds for inclement weather).
Pavilions are available free on a first-come, first-served basis during the remainder of the year. However, restroom water and water fountains are turned off during winter months and grills may not be available or accessible during this time due to winter maintenance. Your rental may begin as early as 10 AM and must conclude by sunset (times subject to change).
You MUST leave the park by the designated time of sunset or be charged a late fee of $25 per ½ hour.
For information about the pavilions or to make a reservation, click here. If you require additional assistance, you may call 410-313-4682 (Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm).
Amenities (included with permit)
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)
Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4455