Directions To Hike Meeting Locations

Joining a hike but don't know where to meet your hiking group?

The schedule contains directions for some hikes - but the following list contains detailed directions to most of the common hike meeting locations.

Hike leaders will sometimes the require you to meet at a trail head, and at other times your group will meet in a parking area before driving to the trail head.

The hike locations below are listed alphabetically.  Because numerous hikes are held in the Patapsco Valley State Park (PVSP), those meeting locations have been grouped separately, and are also listed alphabetically.

Important Note:  If you are aware of a common hike meeting location that is not listed below, or if you can help us improve the directions shown, please contact the webmaster - and we will include your updates.


Bowley's Quarters 695 E, 95N.First Exit 67 Bear right to Rt. 43 East,toward Middle River,Pass exit for Rt’ 7 and pass light for Rt. 40.   Continue to the end of Rt.   43, Rt. 150 (Eastern Blvd. East) Go 1 mile to the 2nd light (Carroll Island Rd) Right on Carroll Island Rd. Right at 2nd light – Bowley’s Quarters Rd Follow Bowley’s Quarters Rd. for 2.5 miles (Do not bear Right at Susquehanna) Ll on Goose Harbor Rd (sign for Miami Beach) Follow into Miami Beach Rd (Do not follow to left) to Miami Beach Park entrance – park in lot.
Centennial Park, Little Patuxent River - South Area Of Centennial Park From I 95 S, take exit 43B to MD-100W for 5.4m to US 29S for 0.4m.   Take exit 21B to MD-108 for 1.3m.   Turn R into park entrance.(10000 MD-108, Ellicott City). After entering park, take first R to Boat Launch parking. (GPS 39.240865, -76.858222)
Crofton Country Club Parking Lot From Baltimore: I-97 South exit 7 (RT 3, Crofton/Bowie). About 5.5 miles take a left onto Crawford Blvd (which is the second light after McDonald's in the median strip.) Bear right and take the first left into the country club. Take immediate left and park on the left side of the parking lot
Cromwell Valley Park From I-695, get off at Exit 29A (from either direction). Turn left at first light at Cromwell Bridge Road and then go about 1.5 miles (watch for speed camera at the school). Pass first entrance (Sherwood) and proceed to second entrance (Willow Grove Farm) at 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road on the left. Follow the single lane road across the bridge and park in the gravel parking lot at the end of the drive.
Gunpowder (Big Gunpowder) Parking lot on Belair Rd. I-695 exit 32N go 5W.5 miles to parking lot on right.
Gunpowder (Little Gunpowder ) Bottom Rd., Fallston.   From I-695.exit 31, Harford Rd.   N. for 8 M. turn L.   at Fork Rd. Go 1.7 M. and R.   on Bottom Rd (sign on right side currently missing) go 2.0 M & park at pull overs beside the river
Havre de Grace Park & Ride Route 155, northbound I-95 (Exit 89).
Howard County Conservancy Take I-70 West for 10.3 miles to Exit 83. Turn right on Marriottsville RD North for 1.1 miles. Turn right on MD-99/Old Fredrick Rd. The HC Conservancy is 1 mile on the left. (10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD)
Howard County Fairgrounds Parking Area Take I-70 Exit 80 south 0.25 mile on MD-32, west on MD-144 0.5 mile to fairgrounds.

From Exit 80 on I-70, take MD-32 south for about .25 mile; then go west (right) on MD-144 for .5 mile; then turn right at Fairgrounds Road and see parking on your left.

Lake Artemesia Parking lot just east of Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD. Take I-95 south to the Capital Beltway (495) east. Exit south onto Kenilworth Ave. (202). Drive about 2.4 miles to Paint Branch Road. Turn right and go .4 miles; turn left into unmarked entrance to the parking area
Lake Elkhorn - Dock At Lake Elkhorn I-695, to I-70W, Rte. 29S to exit 18 Brokenland Parkway, toward Owen Brown Center (cross over Rte.   29). Left at third light, Cradlerock Way (not 2nd light also Cradlerock Way), right on Dockside Lane & left into parking lot. Also can park on Cradlerock opposite Shell Station
Loch Raven Reservoir Trailhead is across the street from 10514 Pot Spring Rd. 21030. Park on the street.
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Park entrance on Southwind Circle, Columbia, MD: Take Rt. 108 either West from Rt 29 or East from Rt 32 to Trotter Rd. Turn onto Trotter Rd. At the circle take the 2nd exit which is Southwind Circle. Go .5 miles to park entrance on left. Can park on the street.
Middletown Road Park-N-Ride I-83 North, Exit 31. Take a left at Middletown Road. Take a right into the Park & Ride.
Mt. Carmel Road Park & Ride I-695 north on I-83. Take exit 27 Mt. Carmel Rd left on Mt. Carmel right into the Park & Ride.
Oregon Ridge Main Oregon Ridge parking lot at 13401 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030.   (Note: This is NOT the Nature Center Parking Area.)
Owings Mills Metro Station Parking Lot (North/east side of I-795)
Owings Mills Mall Take I-795 north from the Baltimore Beltway (I-695). Take the first exit, Owings Mills Blvd., and follow it south towards Town Center. Follow the ramp to Town Center until it dead ends at Mill Run Road, which circles the mall. Cross Mill Run Road and pull into the lot in front of J.C. Penney.
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Parking lot From either north or south on the Jones Falls Expressway, take Exit 7A onto Druid Park Lake Drive. Drive with park on your right side to the 5th traffic light. Turn right at light and follow signs to the Maryland Zoo.   Those coming from other directions can research directions to the Maryland Zoo for alternate routes.
Park-N-Ride at 6400 Sykesville Rd On the east side of Sykesville Road (MD-32) about 0.5 miles south of Liberty Road (MD-26). From I-695, Exit 18, take Liberty Road about 12.5 miles west to MD-32 turn left (south) for about 0.5 miles
Park-N-Ride at eastern end of I-70 Take I-695 (Balto. Beltway) Exit 16 0nto eastbound I-70 to Park-N-Ride
Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis From Baltimore Beltway, take I-97 South to Annapolis, exit onto Rt. 50 E. exit immediately onto Rt. 665 & continue on 665 straight thru the light onto Forest Drive East. Go about 2 miles, make a R. at the light onto Hillsmere Dr. by the Exxon, then make an immediate right into the park.   There is a $6 vehicle entry fee, unless you have an AA Co. park pass.   Park at the Red Maple/Sassafras pavilions lot, just after the gatehouse entrance on the right.
Rockburn Branch Park-East From I-95 exit 43B, take MD-100 W for 1.3m, Take exit 4 & merge onto MD-103 W Meadowridge Rd for 0.3m. Turn R on Montgomery Rd for 0.2m. Turn L & stay on Montgomery Rd for 1.3 m until stop. Turn L to stay on Montgomery Road for another .4 m and turn L on Landing Road.   Turn left into the park after .7 m.  .  Park near the circle at the end of the entrance road.   (GPS: 39.222402, -76.755762)
Rockburn Branch Park-West From I-95 exit 43B, take MD-100 W for 1.3m, Take exit 4 & merge onto MD-103 W Meadowridge Rd for 0.3m. Turn R on Montgomery Rd for 0.2m. Turn L & stay on Montgomery Rd for 0.6m. Turn L on Rockburn Branch Park Rd.   Stay on the park road for 0.6m to the parking lot at the bottom of the hill near baseball field. (GPS: 39.218531, -76.761414)
Rte 32 Park and Ride Just north of I-70 (exit 80)
Soldiers Delight Visitors Center From Balto. Beltway I-695, take exit 18 Liberty Rd. West (SR 26) 4 3/4 mi. Turn right on Deer Park Rd. Travel 1+ mi. and turn left into Soldiers Delight


Soldiers Delight Visitor Center at 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117. From I-695, Exit 18, take Liberty Road approximately 5 miles west and make a right on Deer Park Road. Follow Deer Park for approximately 2 miles (the entrance to the visitor center will be on the left). Park in the main parking lot.

Susquehanna State Park in Havre De Grace I-95 N. to Rt. 155 Exit 89. Proceed West on Route 155 to Route 161. Turn Right on Route 161 and then right on Rock Run Road into the Park to the Historic Area.
Timonium Park & Ride, north lot Exit 16A I-83 then one block to Greenspring Drive then 1/2 mile north to the lot at the far end


PSVP : Daniels Dam Area From Baltimore Beltway, take I-70 West for 4m. Take 1st exit (US 29 North) for 0.5m. Turn right on Rodgers Ave (MD 99) for 0.7m. At traffic circle, take 3rd exit onto Old Frederick Rd for 0.8m. Turn left onto Daniels Rd for 1m to parking on right. (GPS N39.314495,-W76.815805)
PVSP : Hollofield - Headquarters From I 695, take exit 15B, Rt. 40W. Go 3 miles, turn R. into the park. First left uphill to park HQ parking. From Rt.29 North, take Route 40 E. Go about 2 miles and make R. into park.   Bear L. & go through tunnel. Turn R. uphill to park HQ parking. From Rt.70, take Rt.29 South. Exit onto Rt.40 E. follow for 2 miles and make right turn into park. Bear to L go through tunnel, turn R. uphill to park HQ parking.
PVSP : Oella and Pickall The trail head at the end of St. Johnsbury Road in Oella:
From I-695, take Exit 13 and follow Frederick Road (Route 144) west for about 4 miles. Before crossing the River, turn right on Westchester Ave (before the Trolley Stop). Go straight through two stop signs and after about 1.8 miles, turn left on St. Johnsbury Road. At the end of St. Johnsbury (.2 miles), park along the street
A nearby address for setting directions is 628 St. Johnsbury Road
PVSP : Southwest Park N Ride At South Rolling Road and I-195.  Take I-95 to exit 47 (from either I-95 N or S) toward MD-166 N.Catonsville.  At the fork continue on exit 47 to MD-166 / N.Catonsville.  After 0.7 mile, use the left lane to exit, Park 'N Ride is on your left.  If approaching from Rolling Road, the Southwest Park & Ride is a few hundred yards south of Wilkens Avenue (MD Route 372)
PVSP : Swinging Bridge Parking Lot Park Entrance - 5120 South St. (just off Rt. 1, Washington Blvd., in Elkridge). Once in the park, go about 1.2 miles to stop sign. Turn left, then right, and go 1.9 miles to parking lot on left.
PVSP: Woodstock Area (One) The parking lot across the street from the Woodstock Inn Bar and Grill (1415 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, 21163). Note: park economically and near the railroad tracks so patrons of the Bar and Grill will have room to park.