​Carroll County

Morgan Run Natural Environment Area
Benrose Lane
Westminster MD 21157



Driving Directions:

  • From I-695, take Exit 18 Randallstown (Rt. 26W). Continue on Rt. 26 west (Liberty Road) to Rt. 32 north. Continue north on Rt 32 to Klees Mill Road and make a left to Morgan Run/Project Access.
  • From Rt. 97 north make a right turn onto Bartholow Road and then turn left onto Jim Bowers Road followed by an immediate left onto Ben Rose Lane to Morgan Run entrance.
  • From I-70 take Rt. 97 north. From Rt. 97 north make a right turn onto Bartholow Road and then turn left onto Jim Bowers followed by an immediate left onto Ben Rose Lane to Morgan Run entrance.
  • From Westminster: go south on Rt. 97, make a left on Bartholow Road. Make a left on Jim Bowers Road, followed by an immediate left on Ben Rose Lane to Morgan Run entrance.

Hours of Operation:

Sunrise to Sunset

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.

Pet Policy:

​Pets are allowed in Morgan Run NEA.

Hunting Policy:

  • Archery / Muzzleloader hunting for deer permitted on 1,300 acres of designated hunting areas - Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS Permit / reservation required
  • Archery deer hunting permitted Wednesday-Saturday

Morgan Run Natural Environment Area

a field at Morgan Run NEALocated in Carroll County, the Morgan Run N.E.A. is comprised of approximately 2,000 acres of natural area. Hiking and equestrian trails are popular. Equestrians are restricted to specific trails. The Morgan Run is available to trout fisherman as a catch and release trout stream.


2017-2018 Hunting Season.Hunting is permitted during white tailed deer season in designated areas only. No hunting Sunday and other specified days. All hunters are required to have a Managed Hunt Permit to hunt ($35 and issued at any licensing agent or available online through your COMPASS account). Additionally, hunters need a Central Region Public Hunting Permit (free) and reservation (if required for hunting area), both of which will be issued through the Gwynbrook Office in Owings Mills, Maryland. Reservations will be available between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, or by walk-in 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. The permit office will be closed on all State Holidays. Starting August 31st, please bring the following when getting your permit:

  • Signed Hunting License and all applicable stamps
  • Managed Hunt Permit
  • Vehicle Tag Numbers
  • E-mail Address (Primary means of communication with hunters during the season.)
  • Home or Cell phone # to be used for emergency contact
  • Hunting Guide
  • Hunting Maps


Equestrian and hiking trails, catch and release trout fishing, bow and muzzleloader hunting for deer. The Maryland Park Service does not rent horses, and only provides the trails as a means of recreation.

A wheelchair accessible platform for fly fishing is available to anglers at Morgan Run Natural Environment Area. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.

Morgan Run NEA Trail Map

New maps of the trails at Morgan Run NEA can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.

Morgan Run Activities E-mail Alerts

Would you like to receive monthly e-mail updates on what is happening in Patapsco Valley State Park, Soldiers Delight and Morgan Run? Sign up to receive the Patapsco Valley News. Park staff send e-mails no more than twice a week highlighting special activities occurring throughout the park. Send your e-mail address to DNR and enter contact information to be added to our mailing list.


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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