As the summer comes to an end and the promise of Autumn slowly approaches, going to the park my make for a fantastic way to spend time with friends and family. Thankfully, there are a good number of quality parks in Carroll County. Here’s a quick list to get you started on your adventure!
The Bear Branch Nature Center
Before you set off on a hike, stop by the Bear Branch Nature Center for a little environmental education. There is also a planetarium for those of you looking to go above and beyond!
The Bear Branch Nature Center is open five days a week from Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and noon to 5pm on Sundays. Staff are onsite to answer questions and possibly lead events. There are also two major festivals held at the center in March and then in September. Stay tuned to Carroll.Life for updates on the Monarch Madness Festival in late September.
The Morgan Run Natural Environment Area
If you have a horse, then check out the Morgan Run Natural Environment Area. There are both walking and horseback riding trails for you to check out. Before you go, make sure that you know which trails allow equestrian activity, as there are specific avenues for such purposes.
Morgan Run is also great for hunters who use bows and muzzleloaders. Catch and release trout fishing is also permissible at the park in appropriate areas.
Piney Run Park
Piney Run has everything you need to enjoy a long day in the outdoors. They’ve got hiking trails, fishing tournaments, The Piney Run Nature Center, and boating opportunities. There is a 300 acre lake in the center of the park that marks the true centerpiece of Piney Run. For more information about their hours and boating rules, check out their website.
There are also places where you can play tennis, climb rocks, or have a picnic!
The Bennett Cerf Dog Park
If you’re looking for a specific place to take your pup for a little time among the greenery, then check out the Bennett Cerf Dog Park. There are a few little obstacles for your dog to engage with along with other furry friends to discover as well.
Something important for you to consider with the Bennett Cerf Dog Park is that there is a required membership fee. The fee is only $30 per household per pair of dogs with an additional $5 for each dog. If you’d like to become a member, click here.