​Howard/Montgomery County line between Maryland Routes 27 and 9

Patuxent River State Park
c/o Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878



Driving Directions:

​Taking I-70 west from Baltimore. Take Exit 76, or Route 97 south, and continue south to the point where Route 97 crosses the Patuxent River. A parking lot is available on the right. For other access points, contact Seneca Creek State Park, which manages this facility.

Hours of Operation:

​Sunrise to Sunset

Hunters are allowed in the woods 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset during deer season

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 Patuxent River State Park.

Hunting Policy:

  • General hunting permitted on 5,000 acres of designated hunting area

Patuxent River State Park

Located in Howard and Montgomery counties, along Man fishing at Patuxent Riverthe upper 12 miles of the Patuxent River, the park is comprised of 6,700 acres of natural areas and farmlands. Recreational use is primarily hunting, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Paths are unmarked. Paths lead from parking areas at Long Corner, Mullinix Mill, Route 94, Hipsley Mill, Howard Chapel and Route 97 road crossings over the river. Hunting is permitted only in designated areas. A portion of the park is a state wildlands area.


Catch and release trout stream, designated hunting areas, unmarked hiking and equestrian trails. The Maryland Park Service does not rent horses, and only provides the trails as a means of recreation.

Hunting at Patuxent River State Park, Seneca Creek State Park, and Monocacy NRMA

General Rules for all Hunting Areas

  1. You may enter the area one hour before shooting time to set up. Legal shooting time begins one half hour before sunrise.
  2. You must be out of the area by one hour after legal shooting time. Legal shooting time ends one half hour after sunset.
  3. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the hunting area boundary lines, safety zones and established trails throughout the hunting area.
  4. Portable tree stands and steps are permitted, but cannot be screwed or nailed into trees. All stands must be removed at the end of each day. The use of tree stands is recommended, especially when hunting near established trails.
  5. Maps depicting hunting areas are provided for your reference only. Observe posted hunting and boundary signs. All acreage figures are approximate.

Check-in Procedures

  1. All harvested deer must be checked in before midnight on the harvested day by using the internet (www.gamecheck.dnr.state.md.us ) or the Maryland Big Game Registration Phone Line (1-888-800-0121).
  2. The public land code used for harvested deer from Seneca Creek State Park is 442. Patuxent River State Park, the code is 440 and for Monocacy NRMA it is 282.


  1. All State and federal hunting laws, as well as park regulations, will be strictly enforced. Call Park Watch 1-800-825-7275 to report violations
  2. Maryland State Parks are “Trash Free”. All trash must be packed out.


  1. All hunters must wear the required type and amount of fluorescent orange during the deer firearms and muzzleloader seasons.
  2. Scouting is permitted from sunrise to sunset only. No weapons are to be carried while scouting. In order to avoid interfering with fellow sportsmen, Sunday scouting is recommended.
  3. Do not remove, cut, destroy, prune or deface any vegetation. Do not cut shooting lanes.
  4. Please report all violations of game laws or these hunting rules to the Natural Resources Police or Tawes Communications Center (1-800-628-9944) 24 hours a day.

Patuxent River State Park offers an accessible hunting area located off Howard Chapel Road that provides for hunting from a vehicle by special permit available from the Wildlife Division of DNR. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.


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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