Governor Bridge Natural Area & Canoe Launch

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Governor Bridge Natural Area & Canoe Launch is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bowie, MD that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.1 miles 85 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly





nature trips


whitewater kayaking



wild flowers


Governor Bridge Natural Area and Canoe Launch is located near the Bowie Baysox Stadium and Governor's Bridge. At one time, the property was an active sand and gravel mining operation. Abandoned in the 1960's and the land was neglected for years. In the 1980's the property was selected as a "mitigation" site and a restoration plan was developed to return the land to its natural environment. Today, large mouth bass flourish in the 8-acre lake. A network of trails encircles the lake and provides excellent opportunities for hiking, nature study and fishing. The park is managed as "catch and release" for bass.

2 months ago

Date 8/20/2016 Nice hike.