Wildlife Loop and South Wind Trail Loop

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Wildlife Loop and South Wind Trail Loop is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clarksville, Maryland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles
229 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

paddle sports

trail running



4 months ago

Limited parking but it's a great trail system and well maintained. Hikers and Dogs Only. No bikers and I love it. The area includes all flat earthen dirt trails but even after no rain for days the trail have muddy spots. Not to bad because of all the fallen leaves this time of year. Us seniors love all the foot bridges and benches. The trails along to river are truly beautiful and the river is loaded with truot. Really nice swimming hole down at marker number 9. The large portion of the entire trail system is in the shade. Only the meadows areas are in the sun.

trail running
10 months ago

Nice easy trail. Some pretty pastures and water. The markings could be a little better though. It is in a nature preserve and there are some areas that look like trails but are off limits

trail running
11 months ago

It's easily accessible and not usually very busy- loops are easy to combine to make a longer run

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Easy trail for hiking with young kids.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

If you'd like a quick hike this is a great one. 2.4 easy miles. We did it in the winter but I'd bet it's pretty in spring/summer. Encountered several other hikers. There is a nice trail map that explains all the environmental improvements they r attempting.

Monday, January 16, 2017

NIce trail, mostly out of the way, with a view of the patuxent river

Monday, December 12, 2016

An easy walk through the woods, at some points along a stream. Very pleasant.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

It's hard to find a Howard County park in a more "natural" state without paved trails. This area fits the bill perfectly. It's a beautiful nature walk! Also very suitable for Trail Running. It mostly consists of dirt trails, and it's easy to stay on the path and find your way. Can be quite wet in portions, especially after a rain. It's not very crowded, and feels very much in the woods and away from the world. I highly suggest you stay on the trail, as there is a ton of poison ivy just off the path all along the pathways. You'll see a neat retro surprise along the trail as well. The parking lot is quite small. Do NOT use the Google Maps app to search for the park by name, as it dumps you into townhouse community in Columbia. This park is more towards River Hill, Great Star Dr. exit. It's off Trotter Rd.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Nice trail, wet in some areas, not a lot of traffic on the day we hiked

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Not bad. Very tic tic ticky

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nice trail. Even better when you follow loop 1 then retrace.

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