Old Ellicott City is nestled in the Patapsco Valley between Baltimore and Washington DC, less than 15 minutes from BWI Airport.



Directions from Baltimore and points north:

Take I-95 S to Exit 49B (I-695 W toward I-70/Towson) to EXIT 13 (MD-144/Frederick Rd toward Catonsville). Frederick Rd turns into Main St in about 4 miles. Free and unlimited parking is available in our public lots.

Directions from Washington DC & points south:
Take I-95 N to MD-100 W to Rte-29 N, stay in right lane and take Rte 40 East. At first light, make a right onto Rogers Ave.

From Frederick & points west:
Take I-70 E to Rte-29 S, take Exit 24 East for Rte-40 east, at second light make a right onto Rogers Ave.  Then choose your

From Annapolis & points east:
Take Rte-50/301 W to I-97, I-97 to Rte-100 W to Rte-29 N. Stay in right lane then make a right onto Rogers Ave. at the first light.

From this point, there are multiple ways to get to Main St!

  1. Stay on Rogers Ave by turning right just before the county offices. Rogers Av ends at Main St / Frederick Rd.  Turn left.
  2. Go straight and Rogers Av turns into Courthouse Dr.  Make the first right after the courthouse onto  Church St which ends at Main St.
  3. NOTE – Lot F will be partially closed until late-April to speed repairs of the intersection at Main St & Ellicott Mills Dr. After the county office complex take a right onto Ellicott Mills Dr., continue until you come to Main Street in Old Ellicott City. Turn left into Lot F & G for parking.  The pedestrian pathway to Main St. is located in the top left (east) corner of Lot F and noted on the above map by dotted arrows. Note: There is no access by car to Main St from this parking lot, pedestrian only.


Parking on Upper Ellicott Mills Dr or in Lot E, F, can ONLY be accessed by entering Ellicott Mills from Rt-40/Rogers Ave/Courthouse Drive. Once parked, walk behind the Wine Bin to Court Ave to access Main Street.

Also accessible via Rt-40/Rogers Ave/Courthouse Drive are the Courthouse lots, from there you can walk down Court Place to access the stairway to Main Street.


Howard County Welcome Center
8267 Main St.
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Visit our Welcome Center to learn more about our town, have a peek in the gift shop and pick up a printed map. Restrooms also available.


1000+ free parking spaces are available in and around Old Ellicott City including seven parking lots (A, B, C, D, E, F, G).  Additional parking is available at the Howard County Circuit Court lot just above Main Street and can be accessed from US 40 via Rogers Avenue to Court House Dr. which ends at this lot. From there it’s just a short stroll down to Main St. using our award winning staircase behind the courthouse.