Explore the most popular trails near columbia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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5 days ago

This is a great little walk. Only thing keeping it from being a 5 star is how heavily trafficked it is. Still lovely for an evening walk

26 days ago

beautiful trail, nice people. great options. perfect with my two dogs.

very nice, especially when they are finished with making the trail 2' wider

A favorite urban hike

This is a great place with many opportunities to branch off and add distance, plus the exercise stations along part of it. For a longer route, try the Route 108 trail. From parking to the end is about 5 miles and then you have the journey back. Great exercise.

Two loop trails on paved, leveled path. I like Centennial Lake better.

5 months ago

Little walk after work thru downtown Columbia.

trail running
11 months ago

Nice and short. Lake is the center of many connected residential clusters. The lake is pretty nice and scenic. Great loop for novice runners/light joggers.

11 months ago

Great for a quick walk at the end of the day. At a moderate pace I can complete this loop in about 30 minutes. Mostly paved, one patch where you're walking on mulch. Lots of dogs, and part of the lake is fishing friendly.

11 months ago

Fairly crowded, but nice trail. Fully paved.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice walk. But, the trail crosses a parkway at a signal.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nice walk after work.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nice place for an afternoon walk.

road biking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

I rode this trail after work one day; nice for road bikes. It was about 5pm and wasn't too crowded.

The paved trail goes around Lake Elkhorn and is very flat so good for a family ride. It's about 2 miles around so I did the loop twice and then followed signs to the Patuxent Branch Trail to add about another mile. If I kept going the trail would take you to Savage Mill. This part of the trail is in shady woods with very few people. Total ride at leisurely pace was half an hour. You could do lots of longer rides since many paved trails hook up to the loop around Lake Elkhorn.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

si un percorso fatto molto bene, con diversi atrezzi per fare esercizio ai lati ,un bel panorama.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nice hike.
And, check out the items in the nature center

Monday, January 16, 2017

good biking and walking trail, paved all around, lots of geese and turtles, great for kids and dogs. easy walking,.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Lake Elkhorn is a a nice place to walk/ Power Walk, jog ride bike or walk the dog. The view is is beautiful and a stress reliever there are many other path ways to go but all of the paths wil lead you back to Lake Elkhorn, there are signs to follow so that you won't get lost, so with that said enjoy your time at Lake Elkhorn.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Busy but nice to add the loop when biking the Patuxent River Trail or taking the dog for a walk. Like the exercise stations too!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Can be busy. Keep an eye out for bikers, they tend to go fast on this trail.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Beautiful with wildflowers, herons, ducks, and turtles.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Uncle flex approves

Monday, May 30, 2016

Beautiful, easy stroll along a paved trail around the lake. Not much challenge, but very nice.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Great view. Well maintained. Restaurants and Giant across from parking.

paddle sports
Monday, April 11, 2016

Canoeing doesn't really fit what I did but this is a Great Lake. Obviously there isn't a lot of room to paddle around but if your looking for a quiet place to test out a new canoe or learn the basics it works.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

It was a great relaxation location after hearing bad news...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

This is a very short trail that is probably most appealing to families visiting the Nature Center. The surface is natural, so no strollers. No dogs allowed.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I agree with Erika Franz; this is a walk and not a hike. It's all paved and mostly flat.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Great experience for the entire family! Trail was well labeled and paved with nice seating for an occasional break when needed. Plan to take my bike next to explore other sections since we just did the loop around the lake.

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