Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center

8511 Nature Center Place


  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Play equipment
  • Trails
  • Fire ring
  • Nature center
  • Lime kilns
  • Quarry
  • Boardwalk


Mary Polymath

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Open on the weekends, a compact but fun nature center with plenty to offer kids of many ages. There are animals, many learning areas, and even some archaeological finds on display. Some Parks and Recreation activities are held here. My kids have always enjoyed themselves here, and I enjoy visiting, too.

Tirza Fogle

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Wonderful local park! They let kiddos fish in the summer with a 2 fish max. There are play structures for little as well as the preschool age. The bathrooms are clean and warm in the winter!

Kyle Ragen

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

I've been coming to Fountain Rock since I was a kid, it's definitely changed a bit but it's still beautiful. Bring quarters and feed the wildlife in the quarry. The snapping and box turtles will be your best friend!

Robin Haynes

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Nice park and pond. I would not take children near water due to health issues. Frogs, turtles, book exchange outside cabinet, nice walking area and information posted.

Pete Giove-FourWinds

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

The smaller and "more experienced" (read: older) sibling of Catoctin Creek Nature Center, Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center is built around the ruins of old lime kilns. The former quarry pond is now home to several species of turtles, including snapping turtles and red eared sliders. The kiln ruins are visible both from the parking lot and on the nature trail at the back of the park. There are several small houses on the property, one of them the park office and the others open for occasional special events. The nature center itself is on the smaller side, but is packed with a wide array of local animals, including several types of snakes, spiders, fish, frogs & toads, and insects. There's even a beehive inside, and the Queen is marked with a dot of special dye. Younger visitors will have fun looking for her. One minor negative about Fountain Rock is that while the park is open daily, the nature center is only open on weekends, and for limited hours at that. Like any good park, there's a playground here, as well as a small fishing pond and a relatively new (as of February 2017) interpretive trail. Keep an eye out for the "Bug Hotel" on the trail!