Magruder Branch Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Damascus, MD that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is an 8-foot wide hard surface trail. The first three-quarters of a mile parallels a park road and climbs gently up to a ridge while being mostly in the open sun. A few water fountains and restrooms can be found along it during the summer months. After reaching the ridge, the next half mile of trail enters woodland and drops to the Magruder Branch. The valley formed by the creek is narrow and very shaded. The trail goes upstream along the creek, crossing it several times on wooden bridges and boardwalks. The the bridges can be slippery when wet, especially for bikes. Gradually, the trail climbs again, crossing Sweepstakes Road. There is a switchback climb at the end up to Valley Park Drive. Along the trail, you may see deer and birds.
Pleasant trail with nice forested areas and easy walking on an asphalt surface. Trail is somewhat heavily used, so be on the lookout for bikes, dogs and hikers. There are no particular views or attractions in this park -- it's just a nice walk through a forested park.