Department of Recreation & Parks
Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks connects people, parks, and programs in support of a strong, healthy community and natural environment. The department manages 4,794 acres of parkland and over 30 parks, offering programs and events for residents and visitors of all ages.
Carroll County’s parks and recreation story has entered its 5th decade as we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2021. Over that time, hundreds of thousands of program registrants and park visitors have had their lives positively impacted by our programs and parks. Generations of residents have played on the same ballfields, hiked trails, paddled at Piney Run Park, and attended Outdoor School at Hashawha.
As a community, we are healthier because of these experiences and are more in tune with nature and each other. Coaches served as mentors, teammates became lifelong friends and we likely learned a thing or two about ourselves, our neighbors, and our community along the way.
Join us this year for new and exciting programs, get out and enjoy our parks. Thank you for being a part of our Recreation and Parks story and we look forward to seeing you in our parks and programs!
Walk Carroll: A Walk in the Park
Sponsored by Walk Carroll, Carroll County Recreation & Parks, and The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County. The Walk in the Park events provides accessible physical activity opportunities for anyone living, working, or playing in Carroll County.
Piney Run Park
Carroll County Maryland's oldest developed park opened in 1974, featuring a 300-acre lake for boating and fishing; miles of hiking trails; tennis courts; playgrounds; a Nature Center and more!
Hashawha Environmental Center & Bear Branch Nature Center
Hashawha Environmental Center is a 320-acre park that includes 5 miles of multi-use trails, raptor mews, fishing at Lake Hashawha, abundant wildlife, and the restored Martin Cabin Homestead.