visit our home, pine valley park

Charlotte’s Quest is the hidden gem of Manchester.
Located just minutes from Main Street with the serenity of wilderness, we are happy to call Pine Valley Park our home.  

The park is open to the public every day, dawn to dusk. 

our favorite features

Hiking Trails

4.5 Miles of trails in our
80 acre park gives everyone
something to look forward to.


Our meadow is full of sun-loving,
flowering plants and a
multitude of wildlife.

native wildlife

Deer, rabbits, turtles, oh my!
Any wildlife native to
Central Maryland
could find a great home here,
so keep your eyes open.

fresh water

Abundant sources of fresh water in our park
such as a natural spring, stream and pond, provide
diverse habitats for many creatures and
many opportunities for learning.

pine and hardwood Forests

Breathe in the fresh air, straight from the source!
Enjoy the shade and majesty of branches overhead
in a variety of forested areas.

good to know before you go

How do I get there?

Our address is 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester MD 21102. When you turn onto Wilhelm Lane, keep driving past a group of residential homes on either side of the lane until you see the sign for Charlotte's Quest.
If you know the area, you're welcome to come into our park via the lower entrance near the pond, off Walnut Lane.

Where do I park?

If the gate is closed, park outside the gate and walk in.
The Nature Center (interpretive building and gate) is open for scheduled programs and events only, but the park is open dawn to dusk - even if the gate is closed.

When is the park open?

The park is open to the public seven days a week, dawn to dusk.
The Nature Center (interpretive building) is open for scheduled programs and events only.

Are dogs welcome?

Yes! Leashed dogs are welcome. Please clean up after your pet and take any waste with you.

Are bathrooms available?

Yes! Porta-Pottys are available for public use.

Is drinking water available?

No! Please bring enough water for everyone in your group. We do not have a public water source.

Should I bring a stroller?

It depends on what you plan to do. The area around the Nature Center, meadow and pond are stroller-friendly, but if you plan to venture into the hiking trails, we recommend wearing your child in a carrier or letting them walk.

Is there cover if it rains?

Yes! We have two large pavilions with several picnic tables in each.

It is the mission of
Manchester Parks Foundation 
to be stewards of the environment
by protecting the watershed area
and natural resources.

We are happy to share our park with you.
Please be respectful.


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