McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

Poolesville, Maryland

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Wedged between the Potomac River and River Road in western Montgomery County, lies a little-known wildlife management area where careful hikers can roam a splendid expanse of bird-rich crop fields, wetlands, woodlands, and hedgerows. Please note that you can easily get into grassy areas that are difficult to navigate, so it is best to stay on well-groomed terrain. This 5.1-mile hike samples the WMA’s fields, woodlands, hedgerows, and adjoining areas. Because the fields rotate each year, it is possible that an appropriate trailhead may be relocated. You should look carefully at the map to plan your route as not all trails connect.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Wedged between the Potomac River and River Road in western Montgomery County, lies a little-known wildlife management area where careful hikers can roam a splendid expanse of bird-rich crop fields, wetlands, woodlands, and hedgerows.

Please note that you can easily get into grassy areas that are difficult to navigate, so it is best to stay on well-groomed terrain. This 5.1-mile hike samples the WMA’s fields, woodlands, hedgerows, and adjoining areas. Because the fields rotate each year, it is possible that an appropriate trailhead may be relocated. You should look carefully at the map to plan your route as not all trails connect.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Walking
Nearby City: Poolesville
Distance: 5.1 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Terrain: Mostly gravel; some grass
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Hunting, Camping, Birding
Local Contacts: Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife & Heritage Service, 877-620-8367, maryland.gov
Local Maps: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, maryland.gov (sunflower map details change each year)
Restrictions: The grass trails are not well maintained, and online maps may not show updated areas that are best for hiking. Stay on trails where you can see the grass has been cut.
Attractions: Crop and fallow fields, hedgerows, woodlands, tree reservoirs, other wetlands, river views
Driving Directions: Directions to McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area

Recent Trail Reviews

8/2/2008
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1/5/2008
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Trail experience was limited by storm damage. The trail to the falls was closed due to storm damage. There was a lot of deadfall on the trail.


12/30/2004
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This is a beautiful trail with lots of variety. There is a hearty incline at about 3 miles in and about 7 miles in, so pace yourself.



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