Lake Elkhorn Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near columbia, 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 May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 52 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports


bird watching





wild flowers


Free public parking, daytime bathrooms.

10 days ago

Great walk. Very crowded though. Lots of bikes and joggers.

2 months ago

My favorite running trail all season.

3 months ago

Easy, simple, enjoyable

4 months ago

Didn’t even know this existed. Pretty dank imo.

all paved but nice. noisy in places.

9 months ago

10 months ago

10 months ago

we have visited this place several times. its a beautiful walk. an awesome lake for spending a reading day too.

10 months ago

Very nice paved trail to walk or jog. There is plenty of wildlife to observe. Takes about 40 mins to walk.

Tue May 28 2019

It’s nicely paved. A lot of people bring their kids and dogs. Easy walk for my pup. heavily trafficked. Some parts shaded and some not. 2 areas that have enough parking. :)

Tue May 14 2019

the trail was great, but the bathrooms were locked. the 3 yrd I had with me had a hard time getting through the walk bc of that.

Thu Apr 18 2019

Completely paved, the trail around Centennial lake is in great condition and offers views of the scenic lake. Though quite popular, the lake trail ties into several other less-traveled trails in the Columbia Association network and beyond.

bird watching
Sun Mar 24 2019

Love this trail around the lake. Great place for nature walks and bird watching. But lately there have been noisy groups of people, laughing screaming and shouting... they disturb the wildlife and the wild birds nesting in the trees around the lake. Wish they would be mindful of others trying to observe these birds quietly. One guy cycles with loud music attached to his bike, often cycling laps around the lake. Oh grief! Can anything be done to create awareness of wildlife / wild bird presence? "Do not disturb" signs, may be (?)

Mon Feb 11 2019

Love this trail. Just the perfect suburban walking trail with shade, wildlife, water and not too many hills.

Sun Sep 23 2018

Nice trail. Looped Lake Elkhorn then picked up the Patuxent Branch trail toward Savage. Marked well. Parked and then walked around Historic Savage Mill. Pretty views of the river

Sat Sep 22 2018

Very nice trail. My dogs loved smelling everything. I would give 5 stars but some of the trail was uneven and I kept twisting my ankle. Everyone we passed was friendly and the other dog parents controlled their pets.

Sat Sep 15 2018

This is a great little walk. Only thing keeping it from being a 5 star is how heavily trafficked it is. Still lovely for an evening walk

Sun Aug 26 2018

beautiful trail, nice people. great options. perfect with my two dogs.

Thu Aug 23 2018

very nice, especially when they are finished with making the trail 2' wider

Tue Jul 03 2018

This is a great place with many opportunities to branch off and add distance, plus the exercise stations along part of it. For a longer route, try the Route 108 trail. From parking to the end is about 5 miles and then you have the journey back. Great exercise.

Sat Oct 07 2017

Nice and short. Lake is the center of many connected residential clusters. The lake is pretty nice and scenic. Great loop for novice runners/light joggers.

Fri Oct 06 2017

Fairly crowded, but nice trail. Fully paved.

road biking
Thu Jul 27 2017

I rode this trail after work one day; nice for road bikes. It was about 5pm and wasn't too crowded. The paved trail goes around Lake Elkhorn and is very flat so good for a family ride. It's about 2 miles around so I did the loop twice and then followed signs to the Patuxent Branch Trail to add about another mile. If I kept going the trail would take you to Savage Mill. This part of the trail is in shady woods with very few people. Total ride at leisurely pace was half an hour. You could do lots of longer rides since many paved trails hook up to the loop around Lake Elkhorn.

Tue Mar 28 2017

si un percorso fatto molto bene, con diversi atrezzi per fare esercizio ai lati ,un bel panorama.

Mon Jan 16 2017

good biking and walking trail, paved all around, lots of geese and turtles, great for kids and dogs. easy walking,.

Sun Oct 16 2016

Lake Elkhorn is a a nice place to walk/ Power Walk, jog ride bike or walk the dog. The view is is beautiful and a stress reliever there are many other path ways to go but all of the paths wil lead you back to Lake Elkhorn, there are signs to follow so that you won't get lost, so with that said enjoy your time at Lake Elkhorn.

Fri Sep 16 2016

Busy but nice to add the loop when biking the Patuxent River Trail or taking the dog for a walk. Like the exercise stations too!

Sat Sep 03 2016

Can be busy. Keep an eye out for bikers, they tend to go fast on this trail.

Fri Jul 15 2016

Beautiful with wildflowers, herons, ducks, and turtles.

bird watching
Thu Jun 30 2016

Uncle flex approves

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