About Us

Hickory Ridge is one of ten villages in the planned community of Columbia, MD. Our first residents moved into the neighborhood of Hawthorn in 1973, others soon followed in the Clemens Crossing neighborhood. Our third and largest neighborhood, Clary’s Forest, was developed in the mid-1980’s. We have grown to 4,700 housing units and more than 13,000 residents making Hickory Ridge the second largest village in Columbia.

The Hickory Ridge Community Association is a non-profit corporation that supports a range of services for the residents of the village. All homeowners and tenants are members of this association. Each April the residents elect a five-member volunteer Board of Directors that establishes policies, oversees the budget, and appoints committee members and the village manager.

Our active Village Board of Directors and Resident Architectural Committee serve the community with grassroots “government” and covenant enforcement. Columbia is a covenant town with architectural guidelines that address the appearance of all properties. We recommend that you request a Letter of Compliance before purchasing a home in Hickory Ridge. This is a guarantee that you are purchasing a property free of any covenant violation.

For more information, view the Annual Report.

We’re Here to Help

The Village Office staff helps residents with information, referrals and community events for all ages. Stop by our office in The Hawthorn Center and acquaint yourself with everything Hickory Ridge has to offer.

  • Resident Advocacy
  • Government Information and Referral
  • Covenant Information
  • Architectural Guidelines
  • Resale Packet ($20)
  • The Log Newsletter
  • Bike Path Maps
  • Free Notary Public (call first)
  • Faxing/Photocopying
  • Mower and Snow Shoveler lists
  • Free Classified Ads

Utilities, Schools, and Amenities

Local Shopping

Hickory Ridge Village Center
Located at the corner of Cedar Lane and Freetown Road provides convenient shopping for our residents.  website


The Mall in Columbia  website


BGE  phone: 410-685-0123 | website

Verizon  phone: 410-954-6260 | website

Comcast  phone: 888-266-2278  | website

DIRECTV  phone: 877-798-6070  | website

Trash & Recycling Pickup

Howard County  phone: 410-313-6444  | website

Places of Interest

Merriweather Post Pavilion
This 40-acre outdoor concert venue located within Symphony Woods was named one of the best amphitheaters in the United States by both Billboard and Rolling Stone magazines.  website


Howard Community College  website

Howard County General Hospital  website

Public Schools

Hickory Ridge is served by 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 2 high schools. For more information on our school system, contact:
Howard County  Phone: 410-313-6600 | website