Scaggsville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, United States. It is situated near the southeastern tip of Howard County, between Laurel and Fulton. The town mainly consists of residences, with some commercial establishments. Scaggsville generally falls within ZIP code 20723, assigned to Laurel, though the town formerly had its own post office. At the 2000 census the Scaggsville area was counted as part of the North Laurel census-designated place.
The town is named for the Scaggs family, who settled 700 acres of farmland in the 1830s and continue to live in the region. The area also used the name “Hells Corner” as a postal address in Civil War times. The historic path running through town was shown on maps as far back as 1795. This path is now named Lime Kiln Road, Scaggsville Road, and Whiskey Bottom Road. In 1941, the Maryland Gazette reported that the town consisted of 15 households. Today, it has grown to a suburban community made up of several neighborhoods.
Scaggsville is located in southern Howard County, bordered by Fulton to the west, Columbia to the north, North Laurel to the southeast, West Laurel in Prince George’s County to the south, and Burtonsville in Montgomery County to the southwest. The Patuxent River forms the southern edge of the Scaggsville CDP, as well as the Howard County line. U.S. Route 29 follows the western edge of the CDP, leading north 5 miles (8 km) to Columbia and south 19 miles to downtown Washington, D.C. Interstate 95 forms the eastern edge of the CDP, leading northeast 18 miles to downtown Baltimore and southwest 9 miles to Washington’s Beltway. Maryland Route 216 runs east-west through the center of Scaggsville, connecting US 29 and I-95, and leads 4 miles southeast to Laurel.