Interpretive panels along the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail
offer an opportunity to learn more about the marsh plants, animals and other features of the adjacent water and marshland.
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.
Exploring a trail like the Three Notch Trail
is a great way for families to enjoy the outdoors.
The Three Notch Trail
is a non-motorized pedestrian and bicycle trail being constructed on an old railroad right-of-way in St. Mary’s County.
Dedicated in honor of former St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Director, John V. Baggett, the park at Laurel Grove is a trail head on the Three Notch Trail
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.
10390 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains, MD 20695
Phone: 301-932-3470 • http://www.charlescountyparks.com
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.
- 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
- 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.
21250 Camp Cosoma Road, Callaway, MD 20620
Situated at the north end of the St. Mary’s River watershed, in the center of the county, the park consists of approximately 2,000 acres of land with a 250-acre fishing lake. The relatively flat landscape of St. Mary’s County is not usually thought of as mountain biking terrain; however, the nine-mile course encircling the 250-acre lake at St. Mary’s River State Park is a little known treasure. This course is also available for hiking.
25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone: 301-872-5688 or 301-872-5389
Greenwell offers nearly 600 acres, 10 miles of trails, and 2 miles of waterfront along the Patuxent with an accessible 50 foot pier. Kayak/canoe launch sites, beach and picnic areas throughout. Wheelchair accessible facilities include the Pavilion and Knott Lodge (an overnight facility for up to 16 guests). Historic Rosedale Manor, the Chapel and gardens can be reserved for weddings and special events. Horseback riding programs, summer camps and special events are offered.
108A Mattingly Ave, Indian Head
Phone: 301-743-3733 or 240-299-9578 or 478.363.5283
Kayak and bike rentals. Open seasonally.
4510 Matoaka Ln. • PO Box 124, St. Leonard
Rustic cabins on Chesapeake Bayfront. Swim, fish, crab, fossil hunt, picnic and birdwatch. Sandy beach. Fossil hunting year round.
The Parkers Creek watershed contains some of the largest unbroken woodlands left in Calvert County. The American Chestnut Land Trust protects the site.
Managed by American Chestnut Land Trust
South Trail Head: On Scientists Cliff Rd. across from 2420 Aspen Rd., Port Republic MD, 20676
North Side Trail Head/Double Oak Farm: 676 Double Oak Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Mailing Address: PO Box 2363, Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-414-3400 • Fax: 410-414-3402
Fifteen miles of self-guided serene public hiking trails in two locations. Guided hikes are available from spring through fall. Guided canoe trips are offered from spring through fall on beautiful Parkers Creek. Check the online calendar of events for annual family events. Limited access for wheelchairs – must be arranged prior to visit.
This 260-acre park on the Patuxent River offers pastures, woodlands and wetlands including picnic shelters, a boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, horse ring and a hall for indoor meetings and receptions.
3255 Kings Landing Rd., Huntingtown 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 • 410-535-5327 • Fax: 410-535-2661
Kings Landing is a 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a variety of outdoor activities. A site for environmental education, the park features pastures, woodland and wetlands. Amenities include picnic shelters with tables and grills, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, shoreline, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall (for indoor meetings and receptions). Youth camping, horse ring, picnic shelters and hall require reservations. Wheelchair accessible.
10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard 20685
Phone: 410-586-8501 • Fax: 410-586-8503
Experience, discover, learn and have fun at JPPM! Over 70 archaeological sites have been identified on the property, reflecting over 12,000 years of human occupation. Tour exhibits in the visitor center and exhibit barn, browse the gift shop, hike miles of trails, discover the Indian Village, launch a canoe or kayak, rent the pavilion or just enjoy the beautiful views.
Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art archaeological research, conservation and curation facility. The lab also houses a number of major collections acquired through private donation to the Maryland Historical Trust. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.