Tobacco Barn Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clarksburg, Maryland 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 trail through the northern section of the park passes through forests and meadows. Little Bennett Park was established in 1962, on property that the county purchased. It was originally farmland, and included several small communities. Although the forest has grown up significantly since then, along some portions of the trail, you will still see remnants of this past in the form of old fences, antique farm equipment, and a historic tobacco barn, one of the last left in Montgomery County. The barn is where a farmer cured tobacco. The structure is very fragile and not safe -- do not enter or climb on it. To the east of the Tobacco Barn, you'll see the stone foundation of another building. At the junction with the Western Piedmont Trail, there is a small grove of Eastern Red Cedar trees.
This is a pleasant hike, with a couple of steep climbs. The meadow can get overgrown in the summer, and ticks may be an issue, so be careful to check yourself. The Tobacco Barn is more interesting for its history than as an object to look at -- it's quite broken down and old. The nearby stone foundation is somewhat more interesting to look at, but be cautious in this area, because the stone walls are not reliably stable. The forested areas are cool, and there's one stream crossing, with a newly-built wooden bridge over it. A worthwhile hike, especially when combined with other trails in the park to make a longer loop hike.