Highland is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, United States. The community is located in southern Howard County at the junction of Highland Road, Maryland Route 216 and Maryland Route 108, and is still heavily influenced by its agrarian history; farms and horse fields are common in the area. The crossroads itself has a small-town feel, with a few shops that share in the rich history. Clarksville is 2 miles to the north on MD 108, Laurel is 9 miles to the southeast on MD 216, and Olney is 7 miles to the west on MD 108. The center of Columbia is 8 miles to the northeast.
A recent development is that of the Paternal Gift Farm neighborhood. This horse community takes its name from the original land tract. They subdivided the historic property in clusters leaving room for horse pastures. The property takes up practically all of the land in the triangle made between Maryland Route 216 (Highland Road), Maryland Route 108, and Hall Shop Road.
Since 2005, the GHCA has held the annual “Highland Day”. The holiday is similar to a fair, and patrons are encouraged to meander around the town, visit shops, and discover the rich history of the community. Many attractions are offered, such as the popular History Scavenger Hunt, live performances from local musicians, and business kiosks.