Patuxent Branch Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Patuxent Branch Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jessup, MD that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

9.5 miles 383 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

2 months ago

Very nice trail just too crowded unfortunately.

2 months ago

nice paved trail!

2 months ago

Great for biking and running!

road biking
3 months ago

Nice trail for a fairly easy bike ride. Half paved, half gravel.

walking
6 months ago

Great. With plenty of shad for hot days. It was 90 when me and my dog went. Hop off the trail and play a bit in the river. It's shallow and slow. Relax at the lake before you head back. Good for a couple of hours.

1 year ago

Flat and paved with lots of neighborhoods close by so its not what we were hoping for: no varied inclines in a forest. Its great for walking and biking though! We found 1 trail off from the parking lot that was a bit overgrown but alright for the short bit we could do.

1 year ago

The trail head on the map is off by a half block. It drops you off in a residential area where there is no place to park. If using GPS, do a search for "Savage Park", there is a public parking lot right at the trail head. There is a need to go on Vollmerhaussen Rd. for about a quarter mile (steep hill) because the short section shown on the map is actually private property with "No Trespassing" signs. It's supposed to be a loop, but the return on the other side of the river is overgrown and not very visible/manageable. Aside from that, it's a great trail that takes you out to Elkhorn Lake. Go the extra mile and go around the lake, it's worth it. Bring plenty of water, one twenty oz. bottle was a stretch for 11 miles and I didn't see any water fountains, even around the lake.

1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked in the snow on 1/26/2014. The trail was in great shape and the walk was wonderful. Not far from civilization so if that is your goal this trail is not for you. But if you are looking for a way to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the Columbia area this is a nice trail. Quiet except right around the major highways. Clearly marked. A few runners and dog walkers but otherwise didnt see anybody. Nice views of the river, open spaces, snow covered, gorgeous.

hiking
4 years ago

It was a great hike. Nice views of the river.

hiking
4 years ago

Not so much a great hiking trail for getting away from civilization, but still a good way to get outside without having to go very far. It's a great place to go running or biking. The creek is actually rather scenic, and you'll meet lots of friendly people walking their dogs, running, and biking. Its never too crowded, except maybe the Lake Elkhorn loop on a nice day. I've gone running in the morning and it seemed like I had the whole trail to myself.

hiking
4 years ago

This was part 2 of the.hiking merit badge class I offer to.our boy scout troop. The trails.was well maintained and enjoyable. Easy ten miles.

trail running
5 years ago

Good Trail. Paved & unpaved made for a good off-road 1/2 marathon training ground. i was able to get 12 miles there & back from Savage Park & around Lake Elkhorn. they are doing improvements & i got turned around a couple times. but all & all ill, im happy to run this trail again.

hiking
6 years ago

The Patuxent Branch Trail was a nice hike that follows the creek from Lake Elkhorn to Savage Park. Some of the trail is paved, some is gravel, and a short distance is roadside. It definitely isn't a wilderness trail and you're never more than a quarter mile from houses or roads. Despite passing under I95 and Route 32 it still has a nice feeling of getting away from the city. I'd recommend it for casual hikers, not experienced adventurers looking for real wilderness.