Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area

Soldiers Delight site photo by Wayne Tyndall

Contact: ​410-461-5005​

Baltimore County

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
5100 Deer Park Road
Owings Mills MD 21117

Open: 9 a.m. to Sunset

ALERT: The Soldiers Delight Visitor Center will close for several months beginning October 27 as a new HVAC system is installed. Please check back this spring for updates.


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. There are seven miles of marked hiking trails. Equestrians and cyclists are prohibited due to the sensitive nature of the area.

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 is underway to return the area to natural serpentine habitat. Click here to learn more about the Soldiers Delight Natural Area.

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Dear Friends of Soldiers Delight: Celebrating our Mentors

Hodge Podge Lodge photo by Jeff KubinaHow did Miss Jean's Hodge Podge Lodge, a series produced by Maryland Public Television, connect with preserving the land that is now the Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area?

The answer is "In many ways" that are detailed in the Summer 2016 the Natural Resource magazine article, written by Ranger Jamie Petrucci—Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area park manager. Read more...