MORE, Howard County Recreation and Parks, and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) have created a private-public partnership that resulted in a skills area at Rockburn Branch Park.
Rockburn Branch Park consists of 450 acres located in Elkridge, Maryland with two entrances: one by Rockburn Elementary School off of Montgomery Road and the other on Landing Road across the street from Patapsco Valley State Park. The multi-use trail system has been built with mountain bikers and trail runners in mind. The Rockburn Branch Skills Park consists of multiple trails of varying complexity.
Howard County dedicated the land in Rockburn Branch Park for the project; IMBA flew in world-class trail engineers and designers; and MORE raised the funding, managed the project, and provided hundreds of hours of volunteer effort. The final product was donated to the park system on June 2, 2012 and is free for the public to use. The park includes a pump track and three downhill lines: one for beginners, one for intermediate riders, and one for more advanced riders. This is a family-first facility where Howard County kids and adults can hone their bicycle riding skills.
Helmets are required for ALL ages at ALL times
When you visit the park, please be aware that Howard County Park Law requires all bicyclists wear a bicycle safety helmet when riding on public property. This includes roadways, trails, sidewalks, and the Rockburn Skills Park. This requirement is above the requirements set by the county or state. Remember…ALL AGES at ALL TIMES.
How to Know when the Skills park is Open/Closed??
If you want to know if the trails are open before you head over, call the weather closures hotline: 410-313-4455. HoCo Recs and Parks updates their hotline regularly to let you know what parts of the park are open and closed – the Skills Park has been added to the hotline. Also, the park has a sign they are posting at the track to let you know if it is closed due to rain, etc. Always assume the day of rain, and for the next 24 hours, it will likely be closed.