Beaver Valley and Bennet Ridge Loop Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Beaver Valley and Bennet Ridge Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

This trail is a gem in the middle of a suburban area. It combines several separate trails into a loop: Beaver Valley, Mound Builder, Bennett Ridge, Woodcock Hollow, and the campsite loop, to create a hilly trail through this forested park. Most sections of the trail are on natural surfaces, although the campsite loop is a hard surface. The Mound Builder section of the trail will take you past several large anthills built by the Appalachian moundbuilder ant (Formica exsectoides) that are quite interesting. However, in this area, do not stop for more than the time it takes to snap a photo, because the ants can bite. As long as you keep moving you should be fine. 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 and rusted, antique farm equipment.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

walking
4 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Well-maintained even in the off-season. There are a lot of hills but otherwise the trail is easy.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

10 months ago

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Very fun and the falls are very pretty when you get to them. it's Handicapped accessed to the falls.

trail running
Monday, August 22, 2016