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Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City

Categories: Farms, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
Clark's Elioak Farm, located along Maryland Route 108 in Howard County, Maryland, is a historic farm covering 540 acres. All of the acreage is part of county or state farmland protection programs, barring use of the property for non-farm development. The Clarks, a family with a tradition of farming in Maryland spanning seven generations, have owned the Elioak farm since 1927.The name, Elioak, refers to a type of silty clay loam common to the slopes and summits of hills in the northern portion of the Piedmont Plateau. Elioak soil is deep, well-drained, and moderately permeable, making it suitable for apple orchards. Elioak was also listed as a former turn of the century Howard County postal village.In recent years, the Elioak Farm has become a petting zoo and the venue for restoration of the former Enchanted Forest.Farming traditionThe Clark family's farming tradition in Maryland began with the lease by James, John and David Clark of two lots from Charles Carroll on November 1, 1797. In 1850, the family began purchasing its own acreage in the western portion of Howard County, starting with Wheatfield Farm. James A. Clark, Sr. was born at Fairfield Farm, where he married Alda Clark from White Hall, moving to Keewaydin Farm on Columbia Road. They purchased Elioak Farm in 1927. The 312 acre farm was half-wooded, the main house burned down in 1900 leaving a two story tenant house and a stone slave quarters. James Clark Sr. raised Angus cattle, with yearly cattle drives down Route 29 to Wheatfield farm.
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  • Clark's Elioak Farm is one of the best places to take the littlest tykes. The children love all the silly Mother Goose stuff and a little train and hay and ponies and pumpkins - you get the idea. Let ...  read more »
  • This is a great place to take the family and enjoy the farm and animals. Of course, you cannot miss the Enchanted Forest characters and get some pictures and just reminisce.It is so wonderful that the...  read more »
  • Awesome fun farm with lots to do for all! Petting zoo, mini train pony rides. Pumpkin patch and hayrides Cool sculptures from the Enchanted Forest! 
  • Visited with two of the kids I watch. I'd read online the petting zoo closed up at 5, and we arrived at 4:30. Most of the animals were put away, and we were informed they stop selling entrance tickets at 4pm. BUT we did not leave disappointed. They were nice enough to check and see if any of the animals were still out, and the baby goats were still out. Perfect for us, little Abby really wanted to see goats. We were allowed in and were able to stay a little passed 5 so we could go through the enchanted Forest. We were even able to see one Pony before it was put away. We had a wonderful time. We are planning a second trip, just a bit earlier this time!
  • Wonderful place for kids. The petting zoo is just what kids want where to touch animals. Me thinks the horse riding for kids, he/she is on tranquilizers, the horses have glassy eyes and walk slower than a slug. In season there are lots of vegetables and fresh fruit to buy and the small store carries preserves and toys for the family. It's a great place to take the family for a picnic and fun. Those of us with small incomes will like this place.
  • Fun for kids and adults of all ages! I can take my nanny kids here to pet the animals, play on the play area, and go on the tractor ride. I also attended a brewery anniversary party here over the summer. The Enchanted Forest buildings add a great hint of nostalgia as well.
  • My son and I were waiting in the line for more than 15 min under the hot sun for the cow ride. When it was my son's turn, the lady arranging for the ride asked everyone in front of and behind us, and ignored us completely, like she did not see us. What a joke!
  • Where is the food. Need to grill food. Too expensive.
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