Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area (NEA) is comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren. The area has over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks and minerals. Rare grassland plant species are threatened by invasion of Virginia Pines. Currently, a five year effort of removing 1,000 acres of pines and prescribed burning are underway to return the area to natural serpentine habitat.
There are seven miles of marked hiking trails. Equestrians and cyclists are prohibited due to the sensitive nature of the area. The visitor center has meeting rooms, a reference library and exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the area. The visitor center is located at 5100 Deer Park Road in Owings Mills, Maryland, 21117. The Visitor Center is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). Sunday through Friday, the Visitor Center will be open only when staff is available. Call ahead at 410-922-3044 if you would like to have access to the Visitor Center outside our normal hours.
Soldiers Delight has two areas (at Ward Chapel Road and Deer Park Road) open for bow hunting from November 12, 2011 to January 31, 2012. A valid managed hunt permit is required. In addition, a Patapsco Valley/Soldiers Delight annual bow hunting parking permit is required. This permit is valid at Patapsco Valley State Park, Soldiers Delight NEA and Morgan Run NEA only. For further information, please refer to the hunting guide (see below).
Soldiers Delight Closed January 8-9, 2014
Soldiers Delight NEA will be closed on January 8th and 9th for a managed hunt.
- Pets are allowed in Soldiers Delight NEA.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times in the park.
2013-2014 Patapsco Valley / Soldiers Delight / Morgan Run Hunting Guide
Please note the opening day has changed for some areas. Be sure to consult this revised Patapsco Hunting Guide.
- Hunting Guide for Patapsco Valley, Soldiers Delight, Morgan Run
- Hunting Area Maps
- Hunting Area Maps
- Hunting Area Maps
Soldiers Delight Activities E-mail Alerts
Would you like to receive weekly 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 PatapscoValley-News@dnr.state.md.us to be added to our mailing list.
Letterboxing at Soldiers Delight
Letterboxing is a fun activity for individuals and families alike. In short, letterboxing is a lot like a scavenger or treasure hunt. It combines elements of map reading, hiking, creative expression, and puzzle solving.
Take the Soldiers Delight Letterboxing adventure and learn about history, fire, invasion and stories of survival!
We offer many programs at Solders Delight NEA for children of all ages throughout the year. Many of these programs are run in the Visitor Center at Soldiers Delight. Come and visit us and see if you can complete the Scavenger Hunt located inside the visitor center.
Please call 410-922-3044 in advance to see when the visitor center is accessible.
Environmental education programs & hiking.
An active volunteer organization assists with hike leadership, barren preservation, exhibits, and visitor center assistance. For information, call 410-461-5006.
Soldiers Delight offers an accessible visitor center, parking lot and nature trail. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
Soldiers Delight NEA is located in Baltimore County
Soldiers Delight is reached via I-795, to Franklin Blvd. west, right at Church Road, left on Berrymans Lane, then left on Deer Park Road.
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
5100 Deer Park Road
Owings Mills MD 21117
GPS 39.40944 76.83537
Contact Soldiers Delight
Phone: (410) 461-5006
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. 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.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us