Located in Howard and Montgomery counties, along the upper 12 miles of the Patuxent River, the park is comprised of 6,700 acres of natural areas and farmlands. Recreational use is primarily hunting, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Paths are unmarked. Paths lead from parking areas at Long Corner, Mullinix Mill, Route 94, Hipsley Mill, Howard Chapel and Route 97 road crossings over the river. Hunting is permitted only in designated areas. A portion of the park is a state wildlands area.

mountain biking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Only ran into one other person on trail and he was orienteering. It was marked ok but I was expecting more sights. A little boring due to my expectations but if you want peace and solitude, no problem. Some trails are marked "no dogs, no Horses, etc".
Park ranger on duty was not particularly friendly. Maybe she was upset that she had to work holiday. Entered at JugBay area.

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hiking
7 months ago

A rambling review: one of my favorite places to go for a hike. I know the trails pretty well and they are well-marked. As usual, people allowing their dogs to crap in the middle of the trails and walk off-leash is annoying, but the place is still nice. Geese are numerous too (goose poop near the old airfield is everywhere), and in places hikers have to watch their footing thanks to horse tracks. Campsites are nice with clean bathrooms. Beautiful views from the various overlooks near the river. Combined trails can get you 10 or more miles of hiking, with lots of options for shorter hikes.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

mountain biking
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I used the red trail to get the most distance. It had several steep climbs that forced me to walk my bike up. I probably rate it between easy/intermediate because of the uphills and some sudden drops. The trail is not really twitchy unlike Rosaryville. I encountered some red stakes in the end that led to nowhere so i used the pavement.

hiking
Saturday, November 07, 2015

hiking
Thursday, October 22, 2015

trail running
Sunday, July 05, 2015

The directions take you to the beginning of the red trail. I went just past that to the visitors center and down to the right near the museums. Behind them start a brown trail which connects to green. Roughly five mile loop of woods and small inclines and just beauty. Very fun. Secluded, not crowded at all. Takes you near marshes and runs along the river. Definitely will do again.