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 over 1 million visitors a year! There are lovely lakes and award-winning parks all connected by over 100 miles of paved scenic trails that take walkers, runners and cyclists past wildflowers, wildlife and even waterfalls. Great golf awaits those looking to hit the links. You'll be welcomed on working farms and nurtured at world-class nature centers. In Howard County you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city without having to wander too far from comfortable amenities and delicious dining.