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#18 of 906 state parks in Maryland

Best trails in Patuxent River State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Patuxent River State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Patuxent River State Park is, predictably, located on the Patuxent River. A portion of the park is considered state wildlands area. Recreational opportunities here include catch and release fishing, hunting, hiking and horseback riding (trails are unmarked). Hours: sunrise to sunset

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Map of trails in Patuxent River State Park
Park information
Acreage:
6,700 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
(301) 924-2127
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Patuxent River: White, Red, Blue and Yellow Trail
Patuxent River State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
#2 - Governor Bridge Natural Area and Canoe Launch
Patuxent River State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 51 m
Governor Bridge Natural Area and Canoe Launch is located near the Bowie Baysox Stadium and Governor's Bridge. At one time, the property was an active sand and gravel mining operation. Abandoned in the 1960's and the land was neglected for years. In the 1980's the property was selected as a "mitigation" site and a restoration plan was developed to return the land to its natural environment. Today, large mouth bass flourish in the 8-acre lake. A network of trails encircles the lake and provides excellent opportunities for hiking, nature study and fishing. The park is managed as "catch and release" for bass. Show more
#3 - Patuxent River Trail
Patuxent River State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
#4 - Cabin Branch Loop via Annapolis Rock Parking Area
Patuxent River State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m