Piney Orchard Nature Preserve Duck Cove Pond Loop Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Odenton, MD that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Duck Cove Trail is one of the trails within the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve Beginning at the trailhead by the parking lot this trail starts out on a paved walkway that makes its way into the nature preserve. The trail then follows a dirt path around a couple of ponds. There is evidence of beavers all around and many ducks and geese.
It's an easy hike, totally flat. The paths are clear and obvious,and there are a lot of different loops to go on. There is plenty of parking and easy to find. I did dove cove pond loop and vernal pool path which brought me to 2.76 miles. It's a great semi shaded walk for my dogs. It's also not very crowded during the week so it's pretty quiet. The only disappointment was at the end of vernal pool path, the pool was dried up. Usually it's a bonus for my dog to go in there and play, and it marks the 1/2 way mark before we reverse our path. I guess when it doesn't rain for awhile, it's shallow enough to evaporate.
This is a nice fall hike. We did all three of the small loops and which made the distance come out to exactly three miles. The two hours were very interesting and we got to explore a beaver dam with fresh tree cuts and mud slides. We also found the fox den which gives that trail it's name. Not busy at all...saw two other groups all day. Great hike for kids and dogs... Very flat, easy, and relaxing.
The Piney Orchard Nature Preserve is wonderful for hiking with kids. The trails are easy and there is plenty to see. It is a favorite, being so close to where we live, and we have enjoyed exploring the trails in each season.
We took the kids here last year and enjoyed a nice easy hike. The trail is not very long but provides decent variety. The kids enjoyed seeing all of the beaver stumps around the pond although and there were plenty of ducks, geese, fish and even a snake to see.