Patuxent Branch Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Patuxent Branch Trail is a 9.5 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.

9.5 miles
239 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

road biking

trail running





wild flowers


2 months ago

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

trail running
6 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).

6 months ago

7 months ago

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
8 months ago

Always a nice peaceful nearby connection to nature

8 months ago

9 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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.

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.

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.

Friday, November 23, 2012

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

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.

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.

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