Piney Orchard Nature Preserve Duck Cove Pond Loop Trail

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Piney Orchard Nature Preserve Duck Cove Pond Loop Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Odenton, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

wildlife

The Duck Cove Trail is one of the trails within the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve Beginning at the trailhead by the parking lot this trail starts out on a paved walkway that makes its way into the nature preserve. The trail then follows a dirt path around a couple of ponds. There is evidence of beavers all around and many ducks and geese.

walking
19 days ago

Great for a little neighborhood / family friendly nature preserve! Saw deer, frogs, and turtles ! Saw a few people walking and jogging on a Saturday late morning.

2 months ago

There's a large empty lot with "residents only - tow away zone". Odd because it looks like residents have plenty of other parking much closer to their homes. Decided to go elsewhere rather than risk it. This is a very spread out area of the suburbs, so any street parking you might find is probably a good 15 min walk from the trail itself.

hiking
9 months ago

The Nature Preserve itself is less than 5 miles total but if you take the alternate paths to and from parking, it becomes extended. However, these back roads are not part of the nature preserve.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is about 7 miles 6.7 to be exact. We left from a shopping center and went through some neighborhoods but most of the trail is in the woods on Man made paths. It's easy but also challenging. The scenery is beautiful and there's enough water along the way. For a Sunday afternoon hike, it was fabulous! I highly recommend this trail.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

parking restrictions for local residents. lots of flies and mosquitos.

trail running
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Not a bad little trail at all. Right in the neighborhood. Water and wildlife.

trail running
Friday, April 28, 2017

nice path with partial shade. variation of grass, paved, wood chips, and dirt trails. easy to get in a 3 mile trail run without overlapping on a trail.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

no parking

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Drove here only to find the parking lot has a sign saying only permit holders may use lot and where your car will be towed.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great place for a quick hike, or a hike with kids. Lots of wildlife. You can even find a rookery in the spring.

hiking
Friday, September 04, 2015

It's an easy hike, totally flat. The paths are clear and obvious,and there are a lot of different loops to go on. There is plenty of parking and easy to find. I did dove cove pond loop and vernal pool path which brought me to 2.76 miles. It's a great semi shaded walk for my dogs. It's also not very crowded during the week so it's pretty quiet. The only disappointment was at the end of vernal pool path, the pool was dried up. Usually it's a bonus for my dog to go in there and play, and it marks the 1/2 way mark before we reverse our path. I guess when it doesn't rain for awhile, it's shallow enough to evaporate.

hiking
Saturday, October 20, 2012

This is a nice fall hike. We did all three of the small loops and which made the distance come out to exactly three miles. The two hours were very interesting and we got to explore a beaver dam with fresh tree cuts and mud slides. We also found the fox den which gives that trail it's name. Not busy at all...saw two other groups all day. Great hike for kids and dogs... Very flat, easy, and relaxing.

hiking
Friday, April 06, 2012

The Piney Orchard Nature Preserve is wonderful for hiking with kids. The trails are easy and there is plenty to see. It is a favorite, being so close to where we live, and we have enjoyed exploring the trails in each season.

walking
Monday, February 27, 2012

We took the kids here last year and enjoyed a nice easy hike. The trail is not very long but provides decent variety. The kids enjoyed seeing all of the beaver stumps around the pond although and there were plenty of ducks, geese, fish and even a snake to see.

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