Patuxent Branch Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews
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Patuxent Branch Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jessup, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
328 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

walking
1 month ago

I've been taking my puppy here for awhile- nice walk and hike. Easy to get down to the patuxent river for him to cool down. A lot of runners and dogs - overall very peaceful.

road biking
2 months ago

This trail is ideal for mountain biking. There are alot of abrupt stops and inclines and the trail towards Lake Elkhorn is mostly gravel and mud. I had to stop and turn around because it was too muddy for my bike.

hiking
8 months ago

we expected more things to do on the trail. just good for walk.

trail running
11 months ago

Nice trail, they could've done a better job marking where the trail continues in some areas (e.g. by Patuxent Branch Middle(or was it High?) School).

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Moderate? It was flat and paved and posed no difficulty. I wouldn't call this a trail. More like a paved suburban path.

trail running
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Always a nice peaceful nearby connection to nature

Sunday, June 11, 2017

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

We wanted to go for a hike nearby for Mother's Day. It was a perfect day for it. Due to the recent rain, we also wanted a location that wasn't too muddy. The trail was not that crowded, surprisingly and it was beautiful. There are two reasons that I didn't give it 5 stars. First, there were several forks in the trail that were not clearly marked. This is where the All Trails app came in REALLY handy! Second, because it is so close to major roads and highways, it took away from the peaceful nature of the beautiful scenery. So when you look at all the beautiful pictures, keep that in mind. Other than that, it was a perfect day!

walking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

This is a great trail. I loved it. Especially being able to walk to Lake Ehlron.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Very nice trail just too crowded unfortunately.

Monday, September 19, 2016

nice paved trail!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Great for biking and running!

road biking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Nice trail for a fairly easy bike ride. Half paved, half gravel.

walking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great. With plenty of shad for hot days. It was 90 when me and my dog went. Hop off the trail and play a bit in the river. It's shallow and slow. Relax at the lake before you head back. Good for a couple of hours.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Flat and paved with lots of neighborhoods close by so its not what we were hoping for: no varied inclines in a forest. Its great for walking and biking though! We found 1 trail off from the parking lot that was a bit overgrown but alright for the short bit we could do.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The trail head on the map is off by a half block. It drops you off in a residential area where there is no place to park. If using GPS, do a search for "Savage Park", there is a public parking lot right at the trail head. There is a need to go on Vollmerhaussen Rd. for about a quarter mile (steep hill) because the short section shown on the map is actually private property with "No Trespassing" signs. It's supposed to be a loop, but the return on the other side of the river is overgrown and not very visible/manageable. Aside from that, it's a great trail that takes you out to Elkhorn Lake. Go the extra mile and go around the lake, it's worth it. Bring plenty of water, one twenty oz. bottle was a stretch for 11 miles and I didn't see any water fountains, even around the lake.

hiking
Friday, January 31, 2014

Hiked in the snow on 1/26/2014. The trail was in great shape and the walk was wonderful. Not far from civilization so if that is your goal this trail is not for you. But if you are looking for a way to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the Columbia area this is a nice trail. Quiet except right around the major highways. Clearly marked. A few runners and dog walkers but otherwise didnt see anybody. Nice views of the river, open spaces, snow covered, gorgeous.

hiking
Friday, November 23, 2012

It was a great hike. Nice views of the river.

hiking
Friday, April 20, 2012

Not so much a great hiking trail for getting away from civilization, but still a good way to get outside without having to go very far. It's a great place to go running or biking. The creek is actually rather scenic, and you'll meet lots of friendly people walking their dogs, running, and biking. Its never too crowded, except maybe the Lake Elkhorn loop on a nice day. I've gone running in the morning and it seemed like I had the whole trail to myself.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2012

This was part 2 of the.hiking merit badge class I offer to.our boy scout troop. The trails.was well maintained and enjoyable. Easy ten miles.

trail running
Monday, April 11, 2011

Good Trail. Paved & unpaved made for a good off-road 1/2 marathon training ground. i was able to get 12 miles there & back from Savage Park & around Lake Elkhorn. they are doing improvements & i got turned around a couple times. but all & all ill, im happy to run this trail again.

hiking
Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Patuxent Branch Trail was a nice hike that follows the creek from Lake Elkhorn to Savage Park. Some of the trail is paved, some is gravel, and a short distance is roadside. It definitely isn't a wilderness trail and you're never more than a quarter mile from houses or roads. Despite passing under I95 and Route 32 it still has a nice feeling of getting away from the city. I'd recommend it for casual hikers, not experienced adventurers looking for real wilderness.

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