Atrium Village: 15 Best Things to Do Outdoors in Owings Mills, MD

The areas in and around Baltimore feature many natural delights. Parks in and near Owings Mills, MD, offer many choices, from history to hiking, bird watching to picnicking. 

Owings Mills, home to Atrium VIllage senior community, is a suburb of Baltimore featuring shopping malls and office buildings. But outside and nearby Owings Mills are a number of outdoor locations for visitors to explore.

Find out some of the best things to do outdoors in and near Owings Mills, MD. 

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15 Best Parks and Other Places To Visit in Owings Mills

Blue Stone Park

Blue Stone Park in nearby Baltimore features a walking path along Quarry Lake. It also features sitting areas and other places to enjoy the peaceful views.

Visitors to this cozy park often bring food for the ducks and geese on the lake.

Cylburn Arboretum

This Baltimore arboretum features 200 acres of trees and plantings, gardens, wooded trails and a mansion with a historic past. Cylburn Arboretum has been developed since the late 1800s as a private home and grounds. It was purchased by the city of Baltimore in 1942 then became a formal arboretum in 1982.

There are often other activities on the arboretum’s schedule, including camps for kids, yoga for adults and a yearly Market Day celebration where you can buy plants, jewelry, art and more.

Federal Hill Park

This park in Baltimore is a signature landmark, near the Inner Harbor. It offers one of the best views of the city.

History abounds here, and the park features cannons that were used in the Civil War at Fort Federal Hill. A children’s playground features miniature historic icons, including ships and locomotives to play on. Benches, picnic areas and open green space invite families and others to take in the view.

Gwynn Oak Park

This park in nearby in the community of Gwynn Oak was once the site of a privately owned amusement park. The amusement park closed in 1973.

Since then, the area has been used as an open space picnic ground, with pavilions, playgrounds, and paved walking and hiking trails throughout the park. A creek runs through the park and supplies a lake used in the winter by ice skaters.

Gwynns Falls Trail

This trail, 15 miles long, is an urban biking and hiking trail in the Baltimore city limits. It connects the Chesapeake Bay with the Baltimore Greenway.

The Gwynns Falls Trail can be accessed from nine trailheads along the route, each with convenient parking. It connects more than 30 neighborhoods and parks

Irvine Nature Center

This center is in Owings Mills, founded in 1975 in an old barn. This center features 211 acres of meadows, wetlands and woodlands. Encounters with animals and an interactive exhibit hall are also open to visitors.

Irvine Nature Center also offers 800 environmental education program sessions annually to children, community centers and senior centers.

Liberty Reservoir 

This lake created by this reservoir in 1954 covers the former Melville Woolen Mills outside Baltimore. 

The reservoir is open to many outdoor activities such as biking, bird watching, boating, fishing, hiking and just relaxing. Trails around the reservoir are unpaved.

Meadowood Regional Park

This 96-acre park features six athletic fields, three picnic pavilions, paved walking paths, picnic areas and a playground.

Designated forest buffer areas next to streams help protect water and wildlife alike. 

Northwest Regional Park

This park has large wooded tracts, with a paved trail just over a mile and a half popular with walkers, joggers and dogs. 

Several areas have been set aside for sporting activities. A large central gazebo and children’s playground have been added.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center

This 1,100 acre park was an active mining operation for iron ore and marble during the 19th century. It now showcases the remains of the mining town and several interpretive displays, along with an exhibit hall.

A network of trails are available for hiking and discovering nature. The trails cover forest, fields and streams. Picnic tables, outdoor exhibits and a living classroom with native animals welcome visitors. Special programs are offered throughout the year.

Patapsco Valley State Park

This park runs along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, with more than 16,000 acres of land and eight developed recreational areas. Cascade Falls is one natural feature along the trails.

Camping, canoeing, fishing and hiking are available, along with trails for walking, biking and horseback riding. Picnic pavilions are also popular stops.

Red Run Stream Valley Trail

This 2.5 mile trail offers good footing for walking, jogging, biking and hiking. Families and dogs are welcome on the trail.

Along the trails, you’ll see birds, deer, foxes, tortoises and other fauna. Benches and information boards are scattered along the trail.

Sagamore Farm

This farm in nearby Glyndon has a long history connected to Thoroughbred racing. During its heyday, it was an internationally recognized training and breeding center. A number of celebrated horses have been bred and were brought in to stud at Sagamore Farm.

Sagamore Farm offers limited tours of the facility. 

Soldier’s Delight Natural Environment Area

This area sprawls 1,900 acres in Owings Mills. It features dozens of plant species that are rare, threatened or endangered. Rare insects, rocks and minerals are also featured along seven miles of marked hiking trails.

The grasslands and savannas of Soldier’s Delight invite bird watching, but bicycles and horses are prohibited along these sensitive trails.

Villa Nova Park

This park, also known as Millford Mill, is well known locally as a prime spot for bird watchers. More than 150 bird species have been spotted here, led by warblers, thrushes and other forest birds.

The 95-acre park features a one-mile trail that loops through forests and along a stream. 

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