Patuxent Branch Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Savage-Guilford, Maryland. It is within Savage Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 298 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 348 feet. Near the trailhead there is a wood.
Patuxent Branch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Baltimore (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The Patuxent Branch Trail is part of a 20-mile trail system over and around the rolling hills of Howard County. The route follows a former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad line along the Patuxent River.
The trail begins in Savage Park. Follow signs along the trail indicating the direction to Lake Elkhorn. When you reach Vollmerhausen Road, turn left. Stay on the sidewalk to find the trail where it picks up on the other side of the road at the bottom of this short hill. A crosswalk eases you across this busy road."
--Various Authors, Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic (Wilderness Press).
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