30 Martz Road, Sykesville, MD 21784
Phone: 410-795-5165
Email: pineyrunpark@carrollcountymd.gov

Entrance Fees, Directions and Park Video

Hours: March 1st thru November 30th - 7 am until sunset (exact time posted at gatehouse) 7 days a week. 
Private Boats may be launched for a fee of $8 per boat. Season Passes are available for $50 per boat. 
Private boats MUST be off the lake 30 minutes prior to sunset. Exact times are posted at Gatehouse, Boathouse and Boat Ramps. See Section on Boat Rentals for Boathouse Hours of Operation. 

December 1st thru February 28th - 8 am - 4 pm Monday thru Friday, closed weekends and holidays. 
NO BOATING - This includes launching of Private Boats.


Natural, educational and recreational opportunities abound at Piney Run Park, Carroll County Maryland's oldest developed park. The park was opened in 1974, featuring a 300-acre lake as its centerpiece and provides multiple recreational activities such as fishing, boating and boat rentals, and park sponsored fishing tournaments. The lake is surrounded by 550 acres of fields, forest and open spaces which contain over 5 miles of hiking trails, as well as tennis courts, playgrounds, climbing rock, picnic tables and comfort stations. The Piney Run Nature Center, Park Office and six pavilions, which are available to rent during our open season, are all located near the main entrance which is accessed off of White Rock Road.

Piney Run Park Nature Center

The Piney Run Park Nature Center is a special focal point of Piney Run Park, where naturalists are available year-round to answer questions and share nature's surprises. The Nature Center staff offers environmental education programs that are scheduled for schools, organized groups, our mother nature programs series and Birthday Parties as well as the public programs offered in our Program Guide. Additionally, the Nature Center sponsors the Piney Run Nature Camp which is approaching its third-decade providing campers from kindergarten through eighth grade, a great opportunity to learn about nature and our environment. The Piney Run Recreation and Conservation Council and volunteers provide assistance with many of our programs, festivals and daily operation of the Nature Center. 

Park "OFF-SEASON": December 1st thru last day of February each year 

OPEN Monday thru Friday 11 am until 4 pm 
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday 

Park "IN SEASON": March 1st thru November 30th each year 

OPEN Wednesday thru Saturday 11 am until 5 pm 
OPEN Sundays 12 pm until 5 pm 
CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays 

Piney Run Blog
Season Pass Application
Nature Center Membership Application 
Nature Center Volunteer Application