Howard County, Paved Trails, Shaded Playgrounds

Lake Elkhorn Park

Lake Elkhorn
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD

Lake Elkhorn is a beautfiful place to walk and play! We visited back in May (which is why you see my kids wearing jackets in these pics ๐Ÿคช) There is a 37 acre lake surrounded by a 2 mile walking path featuring several overlooks with gazebos on the water. The dock area has tables with checkers and blue lounge chairs that looked SO relaxing (if I didnโ€™t have my kids with me ๐Ÿคช)

The playground is surrounded by trees and has a beautiful view of the lake. It has a side for toddlers and a side for bigger kids, swings, bouncy cars and a sandbox. We were there on a weekday morning at 10 and only shared the playground with one other family. 

๐Ÿšฝ Bathrooms ๐Ÿšฝ: no – the bathrooms we saw were locked at the time of our visit
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆSolo w/ kids?๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ: yes, though on some dock areas there are no railings so it depends on your kiddos
๐Ÿ›’ Stroller friendly?๐Ÿ›’: yes! Great place for stroller walks
๐Ÿ˜ท: not busy at all, plenty of room to spread out
๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ: big parking lot
โฐ: 2-3 hours 
๐Ÿงบ Picnic Tables: yes, right in front of the playground with beautiful views of the lake! 
๐Ÿถ Dog friendly: yes
๐Ÿ– Shade: playground was well shaded by surrounding trees

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