Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in American Chestnut Land Trust with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

When I first started this trail I was not impressed, I moved here from an area with mountains and a lot of hiking here is pretty flat. Then I got on the light pink trail. That was a little more challenging, not to mention what you find at the end of the pink train is worth it. This trail, especially for this area, was awesome! My dog loved going off the wooden planks to play in the mud. It doesn’t seem like this trail is used often, or by many people. I didn’t run into a single person. I did however run into about 30-40 spiderwebs (not exaggerating). So if you are 5’3 or shorter, now is the time to go because my face cleared them all out for you.

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bugs
3 months ago

This is a great hike - well maintained, not too challenging and tranquil. My dog loved it!

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5 months ago

Nice family hike for the summer morning

laurel and east loop trail nice 4 miles

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over grown
6 months ago

This is my all time favorite trail in Calvert County. It’s a bit challenging so I like to park a car at one end so it’s only a bit over 5 miles. So much diversity! I will record next hike.

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muddy
7 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

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10 months ago

Completed on 6 Jan 2019. Nice and well marked (purple blazes) trail. Some mud in the lower sections. Rolling hills and few others out. Will most definitely be going back.

Not epic but a nice ramble.

running
Mon Oct 01 2018

Great trail but I wished more people were on it as I seem to be running into a ton of orb weaver spider webs and it would be nice if others could clear the way for me ;-) Looking forward to the first frost.

very pretty, and there's a little stream.

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Mon Mar 12 2018

I enjoyed this trail. With me, I had my two daughters who are 6 and 4. We did the Turkey Trail along with the Turkey Spur. They found it quite doable and enjoyed the hike. We will be back to do the full loop soon

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Wed Jan 24 2018

peaceful

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Tue Jan 23 2018

So glad I found this trail system it was very peaceful. Definitely will come back and try some of the other ones.

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Sat Dec 23 2017

Great trails and love how close they are to us. Heads up though...make sure you have the right map. The one we picked up at PF Trailhead behind St. John Vianney was wrong. Found out 6 miles in. Thought we were on the Red Trail, b/c our map didn't have the Pink Trail on it. Very uncool. If we hadn't found another map that had been dropped on the trail by another hiker (thank you God), we'd have been in trouble. Got a much more vigorous workout than we planned and made it off the trail, just before it got dark. Whew. Close one. Great trails though. Bridge Spur is cool. Learned some lessons...Red (trail) means Red. Pink means pink. If a color is not on your map...don't take that trail. Also, always bring matches to make a fire, in case you get stuck on a trail after dark. Geez...amateurs! :)

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Sun Oct 22 2017

Awesome trail. Love the scenery. Not crowded and the hills give an excellent workout. I hike this trail often.

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Sat Sep 30 2017

first time at this place and we are excited to return to discover the other trails this place offers. besides seeing one other group in passing, my hubby and I were alone on it. we veered to the right after parking and ended up trying the newer Pink Trail. although we didn't make it to the Raft, we promised to see it using the trails north of the creek. The trails are wide, serene, full of beauty and the elevation differences were quite the workout. it is rated moderate to difficult and that is on point. worth repeating and worth the adventure

Great scenery.

This aside from Calvert cliffs orange trail is the best in this county in my opinion. The ferry crossing trail was challenging and beautiful. Yes there are a few turn offs at the start where a map would be handy. Our lead hiker kept an eye on the map and we were fine. Next time I do this hike I want to have a car at both ends one at the barn down scientist cliffs road and one down double oak in Prince Frederick. There has been some natural planting and landscaping at the start that makes it Disneyesque beautiful and unique to the many hikes in the area but the predominant stunning scenery is all natural.

HEADS UP, this route is a combination of three different trails in ACLT. I run these a lot and have them memorized but I would ABSOLUTELY check the map and take a copy from the little barn by the main parking. There are at least three different trail colors and names you'll need to know. Other than that I am so happy to see ACLT on here!

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Sun Jun 04 2017

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Tue Apr 11 2017

Some great trails to hike in Calvert County, MD Located in Southern Maryland. Trails are groomed by volunteers and ever growing. Check the website for the 3 entrances to the trails located through out the county. http://www.acltweb.org/explore/trails.cfm

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Sat Mar 18 2017

Nice hike. Well marked and well maintained. I plan on coming back later in the spring to see everything in foliage. I also hiked the Horse Swamp Trail which is a 3 mile out and back trail that provides you an overlook of the bay.

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Tue Aug 30 2016

Date: 8/30/2016 Great hike.

on Parkers Creek Loop

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Sun Apr 17 2016

easy enough hike with some good views

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Tue Dec 08 2015

Never crowded, beautiful forest. But the trail has deteriorated over the years. The path through Horsehead Swamp is closed now, which is a shame because it was a great way to view beaver activity. The board system has fallen into disrepair. This is a part of the trail that is worth saving!

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Fri Nov 27 2015

First time on this trail for a trail run. It was so-so in my opinion. **Make sure you grab a map at the Parker's Trailhead sign in area (at the barn). The trails ARE well marked, but they do intersect and can be confusing. Positives: views are awesome, the forest is gorgeous and I DID stay around 170bpm for list of the run. A few decent hills made this a fun run. Negatives: Being fall, there are leaves coating the trail, so it's both difficult to see the trail AND obstacles. I nearly twisted an ankle on rocks, branches and roots more than a few times.

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