If you’re moving to Ellicott City, you’ll love knowing that there are several fabulous places to visit here. Check out some of our most popular outdoor spaces:
- Patapsco Valley State Park
- Centennial Park
- Clark’s Elioak Farm
- Rockburn Branch Park
4 Outdoorsy Places to Spend Time in Ellicott City
Whether you like to bask in the sun or fish in peace and quiet, there’s a place for you in Ellicott City.
Patapsco Valley State Park
Patapsco Valley State Park is a public recreation area that spans both Baltimore and Howard Counties. It extends along 32 miles of the beautiful Patapsco River and covers more than 16,000 acres. You’ll find eight developed recreational areas in the park, where you can:
- Horseback ride
- Mountain bike
With more than 200 miles of trails (70 miles of them are maintained) and some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find in the area, Patapsco Valley State Park is the place to be when you have free time.
Other attractions in the park include:
- Elkridge Landing, which was settled in 1690 as a colonial deep-water port like Annapolis
- Thomas Viaduct, completed in 1835 and holds the distinction of being the world’s largest multiple-arched stone railroad bridge with an arc
- Old Gun Road Stone Arch Bridge, which supplied water power to the Dorsey Forge
- The River History and Conservation Visitor Center
- The Swinging Bridge which spans the river at Orange Grove
- Bloede’s Dam, believed to be the world’s first submerged electrical generating plant housed under water in the shell of a dam
- The Union Dam
- Daniels Dam
Centennial Park spans 337 acres and its central feature is Lake Centennial – a 54-acre, man-made lake that’s stocked by the State Department of Fisheries. You’ll find bass, trout, sunfish and tiger muskies in the lake.
The park is home to plenty of interesting wildlife, including dozens of bird species, fox, deer, beavers, turtles and more.
There’s a 2.6-mile, paved pathway that goes around the lake, as well as 7.3 miles of interconnecting multi-use paths that link to nearby neighborhoods. Relax in one of the nine picnic pavilions and three additional picnic areas.
The park is divided into four quadrants – North, South, East and West – and each has its own entrance.
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Clark’s Elioak Farm
Clark’s Elioak Farm – open to the public all year, but with some attractions closed during winter – has been operating in the area since 1797. It’s home to a fun petting farm that children and adults adore, and they offer seasonal hay wagon rides, a cow train, pony rides and the Enchanted Pine Tree Forest. In the fall, they have a spectacular pumpkin patch.
Throughout the rest of the year, you can buy 100 percent grass-fed beef and pork, chemical-free produce and more on this seventh-generation family farm. The farmers use sustainable, humane practices in the entire operation.
Farm admission is $7 per person (infants under the age of one are free).
They’re open April 1 through November 3, 2019, and the hours are as follows:
- Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The last admission of the day is at 4 p.m. each day.
Rockburn Branch Park
The 415-acre, wooded Rockburn Branch Park is a great place to enjoy the weather. You can walk, run or bike along 9 miles of pathways and trails taht wind through the woods, freshwater marshes and stream valleys. You’ll see wildlife there, too, including crayfish and minnows in the marshes and streams.
The park has four ball fields, two multipurpose synthetic turf fields, two basketball courts and three multipurpose fields, as well. Four tennis courts, an 18-hole disc golf course, a picnic playground and a playground that kids love are also part of the park.
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