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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.

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.

St. Clement’s Island Museum

38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD20626
Phone: 301-769-2222  •  www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums

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The museum’s exhibits and new orientation film trace the history of St. Clement’s Island and the English colonization in Maryland with emphasis on the landing of the first 140 colonists on near-by St. Clements Island in 1634.  The museum also holds artifacts that tell the story of life on the Potomac River in earlier times.  On the grounds is a 19th-century one-room school used until the 1960s and relocated from nearby Charlotte Hall.  Maryland Civil War Trails Site.  The museum has a pier and docking facilities, and offers seasonal water taxi service to the island, weather permitting.  Also visit the reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clements Island. Group and student tours available.  Call for dates of water taxi service and Blackistone Lighthouse tours.

Sotterley Plantation

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone: 301-373-2280  •  www.sotterley.org

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Overlooking the scenic Patuxent River, the plantation encompasses nearly 100 acres of open fields, gardens, and shoreline.  Sotterley Plantation is the sole surviving Tidewater plantation in Maryland that is fully interpreted and open to the public.  Construction of the now rare “earth-fast” main dwelling began in the early 1700s.  The house grew over time into a rambling residence featuring fine period woodwork.  Highlights include the shell alcoves in the drawing room and the hall staircase. Over 20 outbuildings are part of the site’s 300 plus year evolution including a Customs Warehouse, Smoke House, and an original Slave Cabin dating to the 1830s.  The site also features a museum shop and nature trails.  Accessible by water, call for information.

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653
Phone: 301-863-1900  •  www.paxmuseum.com

The Navy’s aircraft and flight systems have been evaluated and refined at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station since WW II.  The Museum conserves and presents that story, and is the nation’s only official Navy Museum dedicated to naval aviation research, development, testing and evaluation.  Interior exhibits include a propulsion display, unmanned aerial vehicles (including a full-scale mockup of the X-47A Pegasus unmanned combat air vehicle), crew system artifacts, ejection seats, radars, and test instrumentation.  An outdoor aircraft park displays 21 naval aircraft, and features both the X-32B and X-35C Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstrators tested at Pax River.  For a nominal fee, visitors may fly in the sophisticated simulators of the resident Mach Combat™ facility.  There is also a museum store.

Historic St. Mary’s City

18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Phone: 240-895-4990  •  http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org

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Historic St. Mary’s City is an outdoor museum located on the site of Maryland’s first colony and first capital.  The museum protects one of the nation’s finest colonial archaeology sites.  Decades of research are the foundation of living history exhibits assembled across the landscape.  Highlights include the Town Center, where visitors may tour Smith’s Ordinary, a 17th-century forbearer of the modern hotel, and the Print House, where they will hear the story of the first printer south of Boston.  Nearby, the Woodland Indian Hamlet details the lives of the Yaocomaco Indians who assisted the first colonists.  The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is a working farm with first-person interpreters and heirloom livestock.  The Maryland Dove, a working representation of the square-rigged vessel that carried Lord Baltimore’s original expedition to Maryland is moored on the St. Mary’s River, which appears much as it was 375 years ago.  Discover Maryland’s legacy of liberty at the Brick Chapel, a symbol of the colony’s early practice of religious toleration, and the St. John’s Site Museum, which encloses the excavation of the house where the state’s first legislators met.  There is also a Visitor Center with exhibits, a museum shop, and a network of trails.  Accessible by water, call for information.

Bowles Farms Corn Maze

22880 Budds Creek Road Clements, MD 20624
Phone: 301-475-2139  •  www.bowlesfarms.com

Lose yourself in this 15-acre maze featuring three miles of twists and turns to challenge you. Petting zoo, pumpkins, hayrides.  Seasonal. Check website for dates.

Moore or Less Farm

22467 Colton Point Road, Bushwood, MD 20618
Phone: 301-769-2210 or 301-536-0739 •  http://www.mooreorlessfarm.com/

65-acre farm with a 75-year-old tobacco barn and colorful farm stand stocked with fruits, vegetables, seasonal flowers, and alpaca products made from their own alpacas.  The farm is also the home of high-quality Suri alpacas as well as various cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits, and Minnie Pearl, a resident miniature donkey, which visitors can see if they make an appointment in advance.  Group tours offered by advanced arrangement.

Forrest Hall Farm and Orchards

39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Phone: 301-884-3966  •  http://www.forresthallfarm.com

The Forrest Hall Farm Store sells local Black Angus beef, fresh produce, baked goods and locally made arts and crafts.  Home of the crazy corn maze. Wind your way through three miles of trails and pick up the prize that awaits you at the finish. Animals and children’s activities. Farm store. Seasonal. Check website for dates.