Carroll County Parks

Many of the local parks are used for recreational sports for the youth of Carroll County.  However, there are several parks that provide a quiet, outdoor setting for picnicking and quiet reflection in an outdoor setting.  The Community Pond, off of Rt. 140, attracts ducks and geese from far and wide.  It also provides an accessible playground for youngsters.  Piney Run Park and Hashawha Environmental Center both provide interesting nature centers.

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Bear Branch Nature Center 
300 John Owings Road
Westminster, MD 21158
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Bear Branch Nature Center is located in the rolling hills of northern Carroll County, next to Hashawha Environmental Center.  Bear Branch Nature Center provides nature study and environmental education to all visitors.  Programs for school groups, youth groups, and for all ages focus on native plant and animal life.

The Nature Center features a Library Resource Room, Bird Observation Room, Discovery Room, Exhibit Hall with insects, deer, Native Americans, and conservation exhibits, a 40-seat planetarium, and a Nature Gift Shop.  Outside the Center you can enjoy the native plant landscaping, the “Bear Path”–a wheelchair accessible trail, and a large deck overlooking country vista.

Carroll County Recreation and Parks 
300 Sount Center Street
Westminster , MD

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Information about hiking, biking, fishing and/or boating at one of the 27 exceptional park facilities in Carroll County.

Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center 
3400 Wilhelm Lane
Manchester, MD
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Charlotte’s Quest is located within Manchester’s Pine Valley Park. The 4 1/2 miles of trails, Walnut Pond, the Stream of Life, the natural springs and forests open everyday from dawn until dusk. Just park at the gate and walk in. Call for hours for the Nature Center’s Interpretive Building.

Hashawha Environmental Center
300 John Owings Road
Westminster, MD 21157
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Hashawha Environmental Center’s trails surround Bear Branch Nature Center.  Be sure to pick up a trail map upon arrival if you plan on hiking. We ask that you familiarize yourself with the “rules of the trails” to ensure a pleasurable experience for all.

Morgan Run Natural Environment Area 
Ben Rose Lane
Sykesville, MD
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1,400 acres of natural area with equestrian trails, hiking and fishing.

Piney Run Park 
30 Martz Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
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Whether you like to boat, fish, hike, picnic, bird watch, play tennis, or just appreciate nature’s beauty, Piney Run Park is yours to enjoy.  Completed in 1974, this 300-acre lake is rich in environmental and recreational resources.  Its clear waters are surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful woods, meadows and open space.  The natural rural surroundings, combined with creative, informative programming for the public, make Piney Run Park an ideal place to discover and enjoy the out-of-doors.

Piney Run Nature Center 
30 Martz Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
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The nature center provides approximately 300 programs each year to the general public. There are dozens of exhibits, including live reptiles, injured hawks, vultures, and owls. School programs are offered year-round. The naturalists are available to answer questions, lead hikes, and present programs.

Westminster City Recreation and Parks 
11 Longwell Avenue
Westminster , MD
410-857-9072 | 410-848-9161
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The city has 14 parks totaling 50 square miles. 9 parks have play equipment for Pre-K through school age children. Other resources in the parks include 4 multi-purpose fields, 4 basketball courts, 7 tennis courts, climbing boulders, 6 pavilions that are available to rent, 2 plazas and a skate park.