As we enter into the 21st century, especially in these stressful economic times, persons in the region are looking for close to home adventures for outdoor enjoyment and relaxation. Howard County, Maryland, with its ideal location in the heart of the Baltimore and Washington, DC region is the perfect weekend away…an outdoor oasis just a hop, skip and jump away from I-95 and the Beltways! Howard County is home to the Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland’s first state park, that welcomes 1.1m visitors annually. Howard County is well-known for its lovely lakes in Columbia and award-winning parks all connected by over 100 miles of paved scenic trails past wildflowers, wildlife and even waterfalls.