Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Trails is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clarksville, Maryland and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and whitewater kayaking and is accessible year-round.
Easy trail for hiking with young kids.
If you'd like a quick hike this is a great one. 2.4 easy miles. We did it in the winter but I'd bet it's pretty in spring/summer. Encountered several other hikers. There is a nice trail map that explains all the environmental improvements they r attempting.
NIce trail, mostly out of the way, with a view of the patuxent river
An easy walk through the woods, at some points along a stream. Very pleasant.
It's hard to find a Howard County park in a more "natural" state without paved trails. This area fits the bill perfectly. It's a beautiful nature walk! Also very suitable for Trail Running. It mostly consists of dirt trails, and it's easy to stay on the path and find your way. Can be quite wet in portions, especially after a rain. It's not very crowded, and feels very much in the woods and away from the world. I highly suggest you stay on the trail, as there is a ton of poison ivy just off the path all along the pathways. You'll see a neat retro surprise along the trail as well. The parking lot is quite small. Do NOT use the Google Maps app to search for the park by name, as it dumps you into townhouse community in Columbia. This park is more towards River Hill, Great Star Dr. exit. It's off Trotter Rd.
Nice trail, wet in some areas, not a lot of traffic on the day we hiked