Patuxent Branch Trail

MODERATE 28 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.

9.5 miles 452 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
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5 months ago

Very nice trail just too crowded unfortunately.

6 months ago

nice paved trail!

6 months ago

Great for biking and running!

road biking
6 months ago

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

trail running
8 months ago

walking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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hiking
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

3 years ago

walking
3 years ago