Beaver Valley and Bennet Ridge Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clarksburg, MD that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This trail is a gem in the middle of a suburban area. It combines several separate trails into a loop: Beaver Valley, Mound Builder, Bennett Ridge, Woodcock Hollow, and the campsite loop, to create a hilly trail through this forested park. Most sections of the trail are on natural surfaces, although the campsite loop is a hard surface. The Mound Builder section of the trail will take you past several large anthills built by the Appalachian moundbuilder ant (Formica exsectoides) that are quite interesting. However, in this area, do not stop for more than the time it takes to snap a photo, because the ants can bite. As long as you keep moving you should be fine. Little Bennett Park was established in 1962, on property that the county purchased. It was originally farmland, and included several small communities. Although the forest has grown up significantly since then, along some portions of the trail, you will still see remnants of this past in the form of old fences and rusted, antique farm equipment.