For the outdoor-types, Carroll County offers excellent fishing and hunting, while sports buffs can enjoy bowling, golf and racquetball.
Freshwater fishing is one of the biggest recreational attractions in a county that features a number of public and private streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.
The 300-acre lake at Piney Run Park, off Route 26 in South Carroll, is the most popular location in the county. (For more on Piney RunPark, please see Page 18B.)
Each spring and fall, the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association sponsors fishing tournaments at the lake.
Stocked with a wide variety of species, the lake features largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, crappie, bluegill, catfish and striped bass.
Boats (rental canoes, rowboats and pedal boats available) may be used in the lake from April 1 through Oct. 31.
Fishing is permitted from the shore year-round.
The park offers night fishing and a youth Panfish Derby during the summer months.
For those fishers with a particular bias toward bass, the 3,100-acre Liberty Reservoir in Oakland and the 30-acre Big Pipe Creek in Taneytown are twoof the better stocked locations.
Trout can be found in abundance at the Morgan Run Stream, 10 miles south of Westminster on Route 97.
Other freshwater locations open to the public include:
* BeaverRun off Route 140 between Westminster and Liberty Reservoir.
* Bennett Cerf Pond (75 acres) off Route 27 in Westminster.
* Farm Museum Pond (two acres) off Route 32 in Westminster.
* North Carroll Community Pond (1.2 acres) off Route 30 in Manchester.
* Westminster Community Pond (1.3 acres) off Route 140.
* Patapsco River in the Patapsco Valley State Park in Marriottsville.
Carroll also has a few cooperative wildlife management areas for those interested in upland game hunting.
These areas, managed by the Gwynnbrook District -- a division of the Maryland Forest, Parks and Wildlife Service --offer pheasant, rabbit and deer.
Hunters must have a permit and aMaryland hunting license.
The Liberty and Pretty Boy watersheds permit archery hunting only. The Carroll County side of the Hanover Watershed is for archery and firearm hunting; no hunting is permitted on the Pennsylvania side.
Hikers will find a number of trails throughout the county in such parks as Piney Run and the Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center off John Owings Road north of Westminster. (For more information on Hashawha, please see Page 15B.)
Five miles of hiking trails are located withinPiney Run Park. A variety of birds, trees, wildflowers and other signs of wildlife enliven the trek.
In addition, a series of equestrian trails are located in the Saw Mill Road area north of Westminster and a fitness trail is at Liberty High School in Eldersburg.
* Hampstead: Hampstead Lanes, 1625 N. Main St., 374-6211, offers duckpin and tenpin bowling.
* Mount Airy: Mount Airy Lanes, Center Street Extended, 829-0710, offers only duckpin bowling.
* Taneytown: Thunderhead Lanes, 4337 Old Taneytown Road, 751-1750, offers duckpin and tenpin bowling.
* Westminster: County Lanes, Westminster Shopping Center, Route 140, 857-1977, offers tenpin bowling.
* Westminster: Thunderhead Lanes, 140 Village Shopping Center, Route 140, 848-6385, offers duckpin and tenpin bowling.
* Eldersburg: Liberty Golf Park, 438 Liberty Road (Route 26), 795-1111. The park, open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (weather permitting), has a driving range, miniature golf course, pitching machines, arcade, pro shop and snack bar.
* Hampstead: Piney Branch Golf & Country Club, Trenton Mill Road, 239-7115. The club is open from 6:30 a.m. until dark every day. The 18-hole fee is $21 per person weekdays and $25 per person weekends and holidays. The privateclub, which includes a driving range, is open year-round and is open only to guests when accompanied by a member.
* Melrose: Funtimes Barnyard Miniature Golf Course, 4229 Hanover Pike, 239-8205. A new miniature golf course and family entertainment center that offers video games, moonwalk, playground, ball court areas, picnic tables and special events. The facility is open noon to 9 p.m. weekdays during the spring and summer. Fees are $2 for a round of golf and $2 for a half-hour of video games.
* Westminster: Bear Creek Golf Club, 2158 Littlestown Pike (Route 97), 876-GOLF. Theclub is open daylight hours. The 18-hole walking fee is $15 weekdaysand $24 weekends and holidays. The 18-hole riding fee is $22 weekdays and $30 weekends and holidays. Facilities include a driving range, practice green, club house and banquet facilities.