Box Turtle Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crownsville, 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 April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This is a 3.3 mile loop trail through the Crownsville Cooperative Wildlife Management area. This particular loop goes from the trail head to a bridge/stream crossing and back to complete Box Turtle Trail loop. The trail is well marked but a map or a fully charged phone with AllTrails is advised. The trail is well maintained and established. There is parking directly at the trail head. It is used somewhat heavily by mountain bikers. This is a relatively easy trail depending on your fitness level, some may find it harder. It is a good trail to begin hiking on. There is a very interesting tree with exposed roots on Box Turtle Trail. Beyond this, there are several views of streams and meadows. Around the streams bugs, particularly mosquitoes, can be very dense. Bug spray is advised.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail! Looking forward to bringing my bike next time. Nice single track with a few technical spots.

27 days ago

Good easy trail, well marked. Just be warned the Monday after Thanksgiving this becomes public hunting land so where bright colors.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike after work. The temp in mid 70's. for 11/1/2018

hiking
3 months ago

This is a well maintained, well marked trail that isn't terribly difficult. Though it is not extremely visually stimulating, it does have charming points. Bugs can be bad when down by the streams. Bug spray would have helped.

There were quite a few mountain bikers but all of them were polite.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017