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Hidden Gems in Howard County

Hidden Gems in Howard County

Scotts Cove


Take the path less traveled and discover hidden gems in Howard County.


Start: Ellicott City

Finish: Scotts Cove

Distance: 2 days, 5 stops, 23.6 miles


B&O RailRoad


Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

3711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Start your road trip in Historic Ellicott City at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum. It’s the oldest standing railroad station in the country and was the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad! Explore the Freight House, which houses the HO-scale model of the first thirteen miles of track from Baltimore to Ellicott City, and the 1927 Caboose, which once operated on the B&O Line.



Enchanted Forest


Clark’s Elioak Farm

10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

This magical family farm is home to the attractions from The Enchanted Forest. There is something for the entire family to enjoy like the petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, farmers market, and much more.





Merriweather District

6100 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD 21044

The Merriweather District in the heart and soul of Downtown Columbia. The walkable district is surrounded by Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods, covering .35 acres of mixed-used development with chic shopping venues, trendy restaurants, sleek residences, and open grassy areas. Explore the new Color Burst outdoor exhibit at the Chrysalis performing arts center, home to urban art sculptures and live musical acts.



Savagen Mill


Historic Savage Mill & Trail

8600 Foundry St, Savage, MD 20763

Located in the scenic town of Savage, Maryland, Savage Mill is a Historic Cotton Mill that has been transformed into a vibrant and diverse complex of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Take a scroll through the Savage Mill Trail beginning at the Bollman Truss Bridge winding along the Little Patuxent River.



Scotts Cove


Scotts Cove

11004 Harding Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Scotts Cove in Scaggsville offers scenic views of the river with picnic tables, recreations and playground areas, boating access, and many nearby hiking trails. Scotts Cove is perfect for birdwatching, kayaking or canoeing, fishing, and so much more. 

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