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Outdoor Activities Near Randallstown

Randallstown, New Jersey is a beautiful city with unique and inviting scenery. Whether you’re visiting or you live here, if you want to get a little sun and try something new, we have what you need! Regardless of your chosen adventure, take the time to plan for your day and prepare your supplies so everything goes off without a hitch. Read on to learn about some of fun outdoor activities you can enjoy in and around the Randallstown area.

Lake Roland

For a memorable time in the great Maryland outdoors, make your way to Lake Roland, where you can find both recreational and education activities. Stop in at the Nature Center to learn about the history of this part of the state, then head out on one of their many trails, which are perfect for hiking, biking, walking, and strolling.

If you prefer to get out on the water, there’s a ramp accessible to the public to launch canoes and kayaks. The scenery creates a wonderful setting to go kayaking or just sit in the middle of the lake and fish. You can also head over to the southwest corner of the park to see Serpentine Barrens, a rare ecosystem.

Your little ones can climb, swing, and play to their heart’s content at Acorn Hill, the playground that also offers environmental programs and lets kids explore different animal and plant habitats. There are two rental pavilions for family get-togethers or other special events, and lots of activities throughout the year for individuals and families alike to take part in. Weekly Friday Walks begin at the Nature Center, and are a wonderful, safe, and social way to get a little exercise and some fresh air. 

Lake Roland is pet-friendly, and Paw Point,  a members-only, community-supported dog park, is located within the park. With 1 1/4 fully fenced-in acres, Paw Point offers up to two of your four-legged friends a play park and off-leash swimming. Be sure to get there no later than 15 minutes before before sunset, and be prepared to leave when evening comes.

The main entrance is at 1000 Lakeside Drive in Baltimore. If you come in on the Falls Road MTA, follow the boardwalk at the back of the station’s parking lot to enter the park. Check out their website for information on rentals and upcoming events, and take a few minutes to read their Respect and Civility Statement regarding their updated park rules and regulations and how to rent their nature center and pavilions for events. When visiting for a family day trip, plan to leave by sunset, as the park does close. 

Cascade Lake

Cascade Lake is a 22-acre park that’s nestled among rolling hills and woods at 3000 Snydersburg Road in Hampstead, and when you’re there, you’ll find plenty to do. Bring your swimsuit and cool off in the spring-fed waters. Pack your tackle, grab your best friend, and head to the lake for some fishing and friendly banter. Fill a picnic basket with your favorite food and plenty of icy beverages, and enjoy an al fresco lunch under a shade tree. 

Their Weekend Pool Passes will give you and your family access to a large water slide, splashpad, pool, and pavilion. If your kid is a gamer, there’s also an arcade! Cascade Lake is great for families looking to share fun times and get some exercise. Call ahead for information or go online to book your weekend staycation!

Carriage Hills Park

If you and your family are athletic, head on over to Carriage Hills Park at 9500 Marriottsville Road in Randallstown, where you’ll find several open sports athletic fields and a multi-purpose court. There’s also a pavilion and a picnic area, and a playground for active tykes.

Carriage Hills Park is open daily from sun-up to sun-down, and if you’re an early bird. it’s the perfect spot to catch the Randallstown sunrise. Onsite restrooms are available during regular operating hours. The park’s daily operations and reservations are managed through the Liberty Road Recreation Office, so give them a call if you have questions about fees or modified park hours. 

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area

The Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, which is located at 5100 Deer Park Road in Owings Mills, is a camper’s and hiker’s paradise. This 1,900-acre nature reserve is a designated Maryland Wildland and is part of the Maryland Wildlands Preservation System, and there are more than 39 threatened or endangered plant species and ample rare rocks, minerals, and insects within its borders.

Soldiers Delight is a perfect destination for novice nature photographers. For dedicated hikers, there are seven miles of hiking terrain that will lead you into the wilderness, where you can watch the birds and other native species that call this serpentine barren habitat home. Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of this natural environment area, bikes and equestrians are prohibited. 

In addition to being immersed in nature, Soldiers Delight also has several playground areas to provide a fun, safe environment to children wishing to test their climbing skills. Slides and swings keep things lighthearted, and obstacle courses will improve motor skills and balance. Several picnic areas make this destination a prime spot to spend the day out in the sun. If you enjoy nature, wildlife, and bird watching, you can practice your photography skills and take pictures of the colorful asters and prairie grasses as a background. 

So there you have it. All of us here at Exclusive Motorcars love to breathe fresh air and feel the sun on our skin, so we put our heads together to come up with a list of some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy in and around Randallstown. Did we get them all? Or did we miss one of your favorites? If we did, give us a call or drop us a line and let us know. Even better, stop in the next time you’re in the area and let us know in person, and we’ll be happy to add it to the list.