Howard County Maryland Visitor Guide 2021 - Magazine - Page 20
BLANDAIR REGIONAL PARK
Megan McCrea, @md.kid.adventures
SPE E D?
for the Terrapin
Challenge and conquer
the zip line, high ropes
course, giant swing,
and other adrenalinespiking quests at
State Park trails on a
mountain bike or on
horseback for a new
perspective. Or, rock
climb your way through
the park’s countless
PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK
and veggies at
at Alpha Ridge
Park during one
of the Howard
(HALO)’s “star parties.”
in Ellicott City’s
and everyone can
visit to hike, play,
boat, and more.
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking your next
outdoor adventure or a family looking for a relaxing
afternoon in the sun, the outdoors in Howard County
are chock-full of fun things to see and do. So, tell us.
What’s more your speed?
Anchored by Maryland’s first state park, Patapsco Valley State Park
in Elkridge is where bird-watchers, mountain bikers, hikers, and rock
climbers alike will find something to love. Adventurers get their kicks
on kayaks and tubes on the Patapsco River, anglers cast-off and
reel-in along the banks, hikers explore the Cascade Falls Loop Trail
for stunning views, and rustic pavilions house picnickers and group
gatherings. With 16,000 acres of land and 200 miles of trails,
there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Boasting an impressive 232 acres and more than 140 species of birds
and wildlife, the Howard County Conservancy, a nature reserve and
educational facility in Woodstock, is a great place for the whole family
to learn about environmental stewardship and our local ecosystems.
The conservancy is free and open to the public year-round for
exploration and educational events.
Tap into your competitive side at Blandair Regional Park, one of the
county's premier destinations for sports events. In this 300-acre park,
you’ll find synthetic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, and field
hockey, as well as playgrounds and pavilions for endless family fun.
18 acres of interactive
exhibits and easy
trails at Robinson
on the serene waters
DROP A LINE
One of the defining characteristics of Howard County is
the abundance of small, local parks that can be found
throughout the county.
Discover wildlife, wildflowers, and natural history along
the 2.8 miles of interconnecting trails of Savage Park.
Perhaps visit Columbia’s Lake Elkhorn or Wilde Lake
for fishing, boating, walking trails, and picnic pavilions.
Howard County, Maryland Visitor Guide
driving fantasies at 50
mph with a few laps at
the Autobahn Indoor
let off some steam
and encourage a little
at their indoor axe
at Rocky Gorge
Reservoir and reel
in walleye, rainbow
trout, and bass.