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

trail running
17 days ago

This was a great and well marked trail! Almost all shaded single track so you do have to stay aware for mountain bikers and horseback riders. I went out on a rather warm Sunday around noon and only came across one other runner and two mountain bikers. My GPS tracked just under 500ft of both elevation loss and gain and I ran/hiked the loop clockwise in two hours. Will definitely be going back.

1 month ago

Great trail! Must look out for mountain bikers tho - they come up quick! Really great trail - easily marked.

2 months ago

This is a very scenic wooded trail. There are a lot of switchbacks and hairpins which adds to the overall length of the trail. It is well marked and easy to follow. The trail is quite narrow and we had to be mindful of cyclists which was not a big deal. Bring plenty of water as there are no amenities along the trail.

I often hike at jug bay. there are trails that are part of the main where there is a 6$ fee. otherwise just park across the street and hike those trails for free. if you park off of Plummer st you'll see a few old barns that's free to park there too. trails interconnect. I enjoy the open field circle and choose the trail blueberry that leads me to the river and boardwalks.

A rambling review: one of my favorite places to go for a hike. I know the trails pretty well and they are well-marked. As usual, people allowing their dogs to crap in the middle of the trails and walk off-leash is annoying, but the place is still nice. Geese are numerous too (goose poop near the old airfield is everywhere), and in places hikers have to watch their footing thanks to excessive trail damage from horses and mountain bikes. Campsites are nice with clean bathrooms. Beautiful views from the various overlooks near the river. Combining several trails can get you 10 or more miles of hiking, with lots of options for shorter hikes.

5 months ago

Love this place. Trail was still pretty muddy which equated to a quiet peaceful hike with no one else on the trail, just me and my lab. Completed it counter clockwise this time. Beautiful canopy and nice place to reset your heart and mind.

8 months ago

bring a compass, watch out for self centered dangerous mntn bikers who don't care if you are walking. the trails were originally designed for hunt club so you will see neat things that if you understand riding along way. But it's a great park to learn how to use a compass in. I did when I was a kid, i still get lost. great trail, just ignore the mountain bikers

Ok first! The trail is confusing in the beginning. Use your trail app GPS!! There are 3 ways to enter the trail. If you go counter clockwise you will have no problems. If you go clockwise, you will exit the trail in 5 mins, then you will have to cross this closed off parking lot then a street to enter the real beginning of the clockwise trail. This is a serious mountain biking trail. The clockwise trail is moderate. The counterclockwise loop is a bit harder.

Nice trail, lots of Bikes.

Excellent. Beautiful and quiet. Well marked. Perfect to get away from the busy work week.

10 months ago

whoa this trail is horribly confusing if you're a newbie here. we felt like we were going in circles at first. going in a group can lead to chaos too because we also had to be mindful of mountain bikers. other than that the scenery is peaceful, earthy, and mild to moderately challenging. No restrooms just porta potty things and we never saw them except when leaving park.
the trail is long and we stopped at a certain point and just looped back. saw a toad, 2 turtles, bird nest, 2 lizards as far as wildlife sightings go.
people ride their horses here but they have equestrian trails if they are not on the hiking and biking trails.

11 months ago

Trail was in great shape, weather was perfect, and not too much traffic (mostly mountain bikes, a few walkers/runners, two horses).

11 months ago

We love hiking this trail. There were a few areas on trail today that were washed out due to the heavy rains. Still a great workout.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

There were a lot of bicyclers on the trail, which I did not like because it was already too narrow for 2 hikers side by side. Be sure to look down otherwise you'll trip. overall, great hike in an area that I never thought to check out.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

We took our 10 and 12 year old boys for their first intermediate ride here today. It was a very nice combination of uphills and downhills. Several of the little bridges were partially washed out, and we had to carry our bikes over a few larger fallen trees, which was pretty fun (probably just due to recent flash flooding). It was a fun and challenging course for the kids, especially with the terrain and tree roots that cover the almost 9 mile ride. Nice time, and I'll be back.

Only ran into one other person on trail and he was orienteering. It was marked ok but I was expecting more sights. A little boring due to my expectations but if you want peace and solitude, no problem. Some trails are marked "no dogs, no Horses, etc".
Park ranger on duty was not particularly friendly. Maybe she was upset that she had to work holiday. Entered at JugBay area.

trail running
Monday, July 03, 2017

Very good trail and challenging run workout. Did a training run this morning (counterclockwise). Since its single track had a couple close calls with mountain bikers but everyone was cool/friendly! Plenty of shade, only about four very short sections without tree cover.

trail running
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Excellent trail! Nice canopy. Decent elevation.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

nice day hike. did it in 3 hours.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ok. There was a lot of mountain bikes.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Very challenging

trail running
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice trail for getting some miles in, not too technical - a good training loop.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great trails!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Great hike, easy walk with a few ups and downs. Narrow trail is shared with mountain bikers, no issues. Didn't see many people and the ambience was quiet.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Great hike. Will come back to run it next week. Not hard. Length is the only thing that makes it Moderate.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Either I got lost, or this trail is 10.5, not 9.5. I based my morning off of one less mile and was not happy about missing a work meeting.

Lovely hike! We were the only ones on the trail, so had to battle spiderwebs. Relics were very interesting and spread throughout the Red and Blue trails. Red trail circles the airfield, but this picks up the orange trail at the switch back to the parking area. Will definitely do this again.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As a hiker, I had a poor experience. I was continuously stepping aside as best I could to avoid large groups of mountain bikers. Trail was not clear and we managed to circle back to the start of the train twice, never getting to do the whole loop.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Did all 9 hiking today. Exhausting! Didn't even see a bug! But I like that. Probably beautiful as leaves change.

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