Seal of Caroll County, Maryland

Hashawha Environmental Center /
Bear Branch Nature Center

Contact Information:
    HEC: 410-386-3560
    BBNC: 410-386-3580

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Residential Camping

On weekends and through the summer months, Hashawha's residential facility is available to rent by groups such as churches, scouts, etc. A group may rent anywhere between 1 and 5 cabins. The minimum group size is 15 people while the maximum group size is 145.

Information for Group Leaders:


cabin in wooded area There are five identical cabins which form a semicircle near the edge of the woods. The "L" shaped cabins contain two bunk rooms, each able to accommodate 18 persons. The bunk rooms are joined by separate, but identical lavatory/ shower rooms. The cabins are a winterized for year-round use. A large open deck at the rear of each cabin provides an outstanding view of the surrounding woods. Two of the cabins have been renovated for complete wheelchair access. bunkroom

Each group renting a cabin at Hashawha will be provided with a separate meeting space: the Iroquois Building (reserved for groups renting 3 cabins or more), the Reptile Room, or the Raptor Room.


Three meals a day are included in the price of rentals. All food is prepared by Hashawha' s kitchen staff and is served in the Main Building Cafeteria. Every effort will be made to accommodate the dietary needs of vegetarians, vegans, diabetics, or campers with food allergies. All meals are served family style and user groups are responsible for set- up and clean up in the dining area.

Our kitchen staff strives to provide a quality dining experience. We will be happy to speak with regards to your group' s menu after a reservation is confirmed.

Group Activities

canoeing on lake There are several options for recreation programs at Hashawha. Pool reservations, canoeing, team-building activities, and nature programs are available. Please inquire about what staff-led programs would be appropriate for your group.

For groups interested in independent activities, Hashawha offers fishing at Lake Hashawha, hiking, orienteering, and geocaching. Additionally, Bear Branch Nature Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11AM and from Noon to 5PM on Sundays. User groups are invited to stop by.

playground The Hashawha recreational area features a baseball/softball diamond, volleyball court, basketball court, and “tot lot”. The area is available for use, but each group must provide their own balls and other equipment.

For any further questions, reservations, or to request a copy of the Hashawha Group Leader Handbook, please call 410-386-3560 or email