Category Archives: Attractions

Solomons Island Winery

515 Garner Lane, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-394-1933 • www.solomonsislandwinery.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailSolomons Island Winery is a family owned winery located along the idyllic shores of Hungerford Creek, just north of Solomons Island.  Solomons Winery is best known for its fruit infused varietal wines named Solomons Island Mist.  Other premium wines are produced seasonally and have won many awards.

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Running Hare Vineyard

105 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-414-8486 • runningharevineyard.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailRunning Hare Vineyard is in the middle of a 291 acre farm.  With its rolling hills and Tuscan style events building it is a perfect afternoon escape to sample our international award winning wines.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the vineyard.  A little bit of Tuscany and Napa in Southern Maryland.

Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery

8650 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
Phone: 410-586-2710 • perigeaux.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailPerigeaux Vineyards and Winery is a small family-owned winery making fine Bordeaux-style wines unique to Southern Maryland.  We are known for our classically crafted, award-winning red wines.  Our wines are produced using grapes grown in our estate on our 27-acre farm.

Fridays Creek Winery

3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings, MD 20736
Phone: 410-286-9463 • fridayscreek.com

logo-patuxent-wine-trailFridays Creek Winery is a family owned farm winery housed in a remodeled tobacco barn that dates from the 1920s.  Where tobacco once hung, local art now resides;  where livestock once were, wine in oak barrels now age.  Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds, sample wines and, of course, purchase the locally produced fare.

Cove Point Winery

755 Cove Point Road, Lusby, MD 20657
Phone: 410-326-0949 • covepointwinery.com

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Cove Point Winery is a small micro-winery located in Lusby, Maryland.  As Southern Maryland’s first winery, Cove Point Winery produces dozens of award-winning wines from reds, whites, and fruit blends.  Almost half our wines are produced from locally grown fruit throughout Southern Maryland, making us the largest local purchaser for winemaking.

Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail

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The Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail runs alongside Fishing Creek in the small town of Chesapeake Beach, in Northern Calvert County, partially on the right of way of the long abandoned Chesapeake Beach Railway.  The creek is a significant watershed that empties directly into the Chesapeake Bay.  The entire trail project lies within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area, and offers scenic views of the creek itself, hundreds of acres of surrounding marsh and forest, and includes two bridges across the creek and several timber walkways either over the creek or marshland.  Wildlife is abundant, and visitors to the trail are quite often treated to sightings of bald eagles.

Three Notch Trail

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The Three Notch Trail is a ten ft. wide, asphalt multi use trail is being constructed along the 28-mile County railroad right of way which runs south from Hughesville (in Charles County) to Lexington Park (to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station).  The trail, in northern St. Mary’s County, provides recreational, tourism and transportation opportunities and will promote the health and wellness benefits of hiking and biking.

Phase one begins at Route 236 in New Market and proceeds north to just beyond the County line, for a distance of about 2.25 miles.  Also, Phase five of the trail is now open, running from John Baggett Park in Laurel Grove to MD 5 in Mechanicsville.

Other phases of the trail are planned for construction and opening in the near future.

Indian Head Rail Trail

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10390 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains, MD 20695
Phone: 301-932-3470 • http://www.charlescountyparks.com

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The Indian Head Rail Trail (IHRT) is located just 18 miles south of our Nation’s Capital in Southern Maryland.  The trail has a gentle grade that is perfect for trail users of all skill levels.  From the town of Indian Head, the trail quickly transitions into a very unique natural outdoor experience with surroundings of mature forests, natural wetlands, and farmland.  The trail continues for 13 miles ending on Theodore Green Boulevard in White Plains.

Along the IHRT there are interpretive signs that highlight various natural habitat areas and wildlife species, giving visitors the opportunity to view beaver dames, bald eagles, wild turkey, white tail deer, and herons.  This multi-use trail provides walkers, runners and cyclists a serene place to enjoy recreation away from the congestion of traffic.

Trail Amenities

  • A paved 13 mile long, ten foot wide path
  • Wildlife viewing areas
  • Restroom facilities
  • Pavilions and benches
  • Interpretive signs
  • Mile markers
  • Drinking fountains at trail heads

Trail Etiquette

  • Keep to the right of the trail except when passing
  • Move off the trail when stopped
  • Cyclists (should give an audible “on your left” warning when passing
  • Ride/walk single file during busy periods
  • Dogs must be kept of 6 foot non-retractable leash
  • Familiarize yourself with all trail rules
  • Respect wildlife by keeping a distance and limiting your stay
  • Obey all traffic signs, stop at all road crossings and yield to oncoming traffic
  • Be aware of your surroundings, know your location on the trail and carry a cell phone
  • Respect the rights and privacy of adjacent property owners

Printable Trail Map

Directions to Trail Access Points

Indian Head (Trail Head) – Follow Route 210 south to Indian Head. Parking is located at the Village Green Town Park. T he trail starts at Mattingly Ave about ½ mile from parking area, follow signs.

Route 224 – Follow Route 301 to La Plata and turn onto route 225 west.  Travel approximately 9.3 miles and turn right onto Route 224. Parking is about ½ mile on the left.  Follow Route 201 to Bryans Road and turn onto route 224 south.  Travel approximately 3.8 miles and parking will be on your right. Parking for about 20 cars.

Middletown Road – From Route 301 turn onto Route 227 (Marshalls Corner Road).  Travel 1.7 miles and turn right onto Middletown Road.  Trail parking is approximately ¼ mile on right. Parking for about 16 cars.

Theodore Green Boulevard (Trail Head) – Follow Route 301 to White Plains, located just south of Waldorf.  Turn onto Theodore Green Blvd and trail parking will be located about 3/10 of a mile on the right. Parking for 75+ cars.

Cecil’s Old Mill

20853 Indian Bridge Road California MD 20619
Phone: 301-994-1510

Today the mill serves as an outlet for locally made arts and crafts of the St. Mary’s County Art Association. It retains its water wheel and includes a display of artifacts. Cecil’s Store and Post Office is now Cecil’s Country Store selling antiques and collectibles.

Port of Leonardtown Winery

23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-690-2192 •  http://www.portofleonardtown.com
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One of the only cooperative wineries in the country, the Port of Leonardtown Winery is the home of the Southern Maryland Winegrowers Cooperative.  The winery is located along north Route 5 in the Port of Leonardtown public park adjacent to McIntosh Run paddling trail.  The winery features a tasting room, and offers tours and demonstrations during the crushing cycle.