Font Hill Wetland Park
3520 Font Hill Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Size: 25 acres including a 1.3 acre
pond and a second 0.6 acre pond.
Habitat: Ponds, stream,
second-growth, cattail marsh, and deciduous
Best Months: For birds, late
March–May and September–October. For
Coverage Time: 30 minutes to check
the pond areas, one to two hours to cover all the
Trails/Paths: 0.7 mile of paved paths
and boardwalks. Mown areas allow additional access
along edge vegetation.
Notable Birds: Northern Shoveler, American Bittern,
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Peregrine Falcon,
Virginia Rail, Common Moorhen, Pectoral Sandpiper,
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Common
Raven, Marsh Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Prothonotary Warbler, Connecticut Warbler,
Lincoln's Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird,
White-winged Crossbill, Pine Siskin.
Amenities: Pond 1 has a gazebo on the
west side and a fishing pier on the north side.
There are benches overlooking both ponds; one bench
allows a view of the stream.
Handicapped Access: All paths are
paved or boardwalks. Paths are mostly flat, with
gentle grades near the entrances to both
Operation and Hours: Howard County
park; 7:00 a.m. to dusk or as posted.
Special Attractions: The ponds and
the cattail marsh are the main attractions here.
This park has the longest dragonfly list of any
site in Howard County.
- Howard County Recreation and Parks information