Patuxent Branch Trail

Annapolis Junction, Maryland

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Hike a scenic forested river valley along the Patuxent River through a portion of an old B&O rail bed from Savage Park in Savage north to Lake Elkhorn in Columbia. November 2, 2002, Patuxent Branch Trail connects many sections of Columbia’s extensive pathway network. From the asphalt trailhead, you will go immediately into a stand of mature trees— mostly oaks and tulip poplars. Be on the lookout for white-tailed deer, which congregate in this area. At 250 feet, the trail splits; follow the sign pointing to the right that give the mileage to Vollmerhausen Road, the Pratt Railroad Bridge, and Lake Elkhorn.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hike a scenic forested river valley along the Patuxent River through a portion of an old B&O rail bed from Savage Park in Savage north to Lake Elkhorn in Columbia. November 2, 2002, Patuxent Branch Trail connects many sections of Columbia’s extensive pathway network.

From the asphalt trailhead, you will go immediately into a stand of mature trees— mostly oaks and tulip poplars. Be on the lookout for white-tailed deer, which congregate in this area. At 250 feet, the trail splits; follow the sign pointing to the right that give the mileage to Vollmerhausen Road, the Pratt Railroad Bridge, and Lake Elkhorn.

©  Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Annapolis Junction
Distance: 10.4
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3–3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Savage
Driving Directions: Directions to Patuxent Branch Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2007
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Nice mostly off road trail. Great for hybrid biking, not just hiking. Some pavement, mostly packed gravel and dirt. Fairly flat terrain on the portion that I rode. The part that I use weekly; intersects with Columbia's system of "Bike Paths". I am looking forward to riding the entire trail.



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