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:

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.


Rockburn Branch Park


6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road (West), Elkridge, MD 21075

5400 Landing Road (East), Elkridge, MD 21075

Phone: 410-313-4700

Hours: 7 am to dusk, or as posted

Directions: Google Directions: EastWest | PDF Directions: EastWest

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.

Park Information

Rules and Regulations

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

Title 19 - Recreation and Parks

Things to Remember  

  • Help to keep your parks beautiful -- please take your trash and recyclable items home. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. 
  • Dogs are prohibited on all Department of Recreation & Parks athletic fields.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Amenities/Natural History

  • 9 miles of pathway and trails
  • 6 ball fields (#1-4, 7,8)
  • 2 multipurpose synthetic turf fields (#5,6) 
  • Rockburn Skills Park
  • 2 basketball courts
  • 3 multi-purpose fields (2 are mini fields (#9, 10) and 1 is regular sized (#15))
  • Field overlay (behind Rockburn Elem.) (#11-14)
  • 4 tennis courts
  • 18-hole disc golf course 
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Playground

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.