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Piney Run Park and Nature Center

Updated on December 19, 2012

Fishy Fun in Carroll County

Are you looking for some fishing and boating fun in Maryland? Located in the southeastern corner of Carroll County  in Sykesville and convenient to Baltimore area residents, Piney Run Park and reservoir has been a destination for fresh water anglers since the mid 70's when the park opened. But that's not all there is to Piney Run Park - with walking trails, tennis courts, a great nature center and pavilions to rent Piney Run Park offers visitors a beautiful pristine environment for family and friends to enjoy nature and the outdoors. ADMISSION CHARGE- SEE BELOW.

Piney Run Reservoir - All images are copyright 2009 © Chris Scroggins Photography

© Chris Scroggins/ The park features a 300 acre lake used for recreational boating, fishing and park sponsored fishing tournaments. NOTE: There is no swimming in the lake.

Fishing Information

Get information about fishing at Piney Run Reservoir and read the fish species list from the Maryland DNR.

Fish species in Piney Run Park:

largemouth bass

rainbow trout


yellow perch

red ear sunfish

channel catfish

tiger muskie

You can rent rowboats, kayaks and paddle boats at Piney Run Reservoir. © Chris Scroggins

Walking Trails - Wild honeysuckle is found on the five miles of hiking trails that surround the lake in late Spring.

© Chris Scroggins

Piney Run Park Nature Center - Equipped with comfy rocking chairs, the nature center is a great gathering place for nature lovers.

© Chris Scroggins

Natural History Displays - One of the appealing things about the Piney Run Park Nature Center is that you are encouraged to touch much of the display material.

Deer Antlers, bones and sea shells are just some of the natural materials visitors are allowed to handle. © Chris Scroggins

Taxidermy on the Loose - Improve your wildlife photography skills with numerous wildlife specimens located in the nature center.

Smile, you're on candid camera! © Chris Scroggins

Red Fox

Artists can enjoy sketching the numerous wildlife specimens at the nature center. © Chris Scroggins


Watch out for more critters underfoot...© Chris Scroggins

The Fox and the Squirrel

Don't forget to peak in the meeting room for more stuffed animal personalities. © Chris Scroggins

Northern Diamond-back Terrapin

The resident diamond-back terrapin turtle comes over to check out my camera equipment. © Chris Scroggins

Copperhead Snake

The copperhead snake is venemous. Don't worry- he's behind glass! © Chris Scroggins

Stinkpot Turtle

I didn't think this turtle was stinky at all. © Chris Scroggins

Albino Cornsnake

The cornsnake is non venemous. © Chris Scroggins

Pavilion Rentals

A view of pavilion # 4 at Piney Run Park. © Chris Scroggins

Gift Shop - Great gifts for kids of all ages.

Get gifts for kids and adults like finger puppets, bookmarks, bird feeders and even cool rock rings. © Chris Scroggins

Gifts for Wildlife Lovers

Are you looking for a special gift for wildlife and nature lovers? Browse my online gift shop for nature photography gifts like greeting cards, calendars and coffee mugs.

POLL: Vote for your Favorite Wildlife

Take the poll: tell us who your favorite backyard critter is.

Which is your favorite wild animal?

See results

Directions to Piney Run Park

30 Martz Road, Sykesville, MD 21784:
30 Martz Road, Sykesville, MD 21784

get directions

The 2010 AppleFest will be held on September 25 from 10AM- 4PM

Regular park admission fees apply.

Apple Festival Photo Album

Apple dumplings slathered with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon sold out by 3PM. © Chris Scroggins

Volunteers dressed in early American clothing demonstrate open hearth cooking. © Chris Scroggins

The warmth from the open hearth was welcome on this chilly day. © Chris Scroggins

Crafts in the woods. © Chris Scroggins

Crafter Jennifer Matthaei and her rust-dyed silk scarves. © Chris Scroggins

Decorative Indian Corn by Richland Farms. © Chris Scroggins

Vintage items and handcrafted goods by AP Vintage. © Chris Scroggins

Live music provided by River Rhythm Ramblers. © Chris Scroggins

© Chris Scroggins

Kids painted bandanas at the craft table. © Chris Scroggins

© Chris Scroggins

Do you have a special memory of Piney Run Park? Maybe you won a prize at a fishing tournament, or you or a friend celebrated a milestone birthday - tell us about it!

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    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      What a wonderful article! I am ready to visit Piney Run Park today! Congratulations on being featured on the 50 States Monsterboard!

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful photos and introduction to Piney Run Park.

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      6 years ago

      Cool to see this lens i would take my two older boys here on Tuesday night for wood carving club.

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      7 years ago

      I am a member of the Western North Carolina Nature Center and support them with my photography and time. Thanks for this lens. I was happy to be "like" #20 to make yours a 100% lens! :)

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      7 years ago

      Wow!!!!!!!!!!! What a great lens - and so much great info! Thank you!

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      Linda Hoxie 

      7 years ago from Idaho

      What a beautiful Park, I love this lens. Piney Park looks like just the place I would love to visit filled with wonderful down to earth people. Blessing this day! Also featured on Wildlife Photography Angel Blessings

    • RetroMom profile image


      7 years ago

      Looks like a place I need to stop one day in my travels, thank you for sharing.

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      I am not far away to Piney Run Park but I never visit this park. So some day...

      Very good info. Thanks

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      8 years ago

      really ,it is very nice ,,,the nature

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      8 years ago

      Gorgeous pictures. I have never been to Piney Run Park, but there is a lovely nature park within walking distance of where I live in Seattle.

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      8 years ago

      Love Piney Run! Love wildlife!

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens! I'm going to include it in my article about recreation in Carroll County!

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      Kate Phizackerl1 

      9 years ago

      Very nice lens. Blessed by an Angel.

      (PS As Tipi is perhaps the outstanding lensmistress when it comes to writing Local lenses, her commendation for you is a real accolade.)

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Looks like a beautiful place! Well done, Squid Angel blessed.

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      9 years ago

      What a beautiful place to visit. Thank you for taking me there through this lens.

      Love this, and blessed by a Squid Angel!


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      9 years ago

      Great information and pics of all of the activities at Piney Run. Thanks for posting!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!


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