Complete one activity per county plus the City of Laurel in a calendar year. Here are the sites and activities:
James and Anne Robinson Nature CenterHoward CountySign Location: Left of Entrance @ Sycamore Stroll Trail and Mill Ruins Trail Signs
Enjoy a hike on 0.6 mile of trails that meander alongside the Middle Patuxent River and wind down to the Simpsonville Mill Historical Ruins. Hours of operation are Wed. thru Sat., 9 am to 5 pm; Sun., noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Children 3-17 yrs., under 3 free. Admission fee includes tour of our LEED Platinum Nature Center and exhibits.
6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044
View from the Brighton Dam Visitor CenterMontgomery CountySign Location: Observation Platform at Visitor Center
Enjoy the view of the southern portion of the Triadelphia Reservoir and Brighton Dam. A WSSC watershed use permit is not required. Area is closed from December 1st until about March 15th. There is no admission fee. Call 301-206-4FUN to check hours.
All inquiries should be directed to the Brighton Dam Visitor Center.
Park at 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookeville MD 20833
Scotts Cove Recreation AreaHoward CountySign Location: Playground Area
Bring your favorite picnic and enjoy a scenic view of the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir, the drinking water source for 1/3 of WSSC’s customers. A WSSC watershed use permit is required. Area is closed from December 1st until about March 15th. There is no admission fee. Call 301-206-4FUN to check hours.
Park at 10845 Harding Road, Laurel, MD 20723
Patuxent River State ParkMontgomery CountySign Location: Along Blue Loop Trail facing the River
Enjoy a 0.5 mile round-trip hike (to the challenge sign and back). Jump onto the Flowing Free Trail from the parking lot or from behind the Nature Center. Next turn onto the Blue Loop Trail and keep your eyes towards the River to see the sign. The Flowing Free Trail continues to Howard Chapel Road for a total 1.5 mile up and back trip. Park extends north for 12 miles along Patuxent River, but is currently undeveloped north of Howard Chapel Road.
Park is open daily from Sunrise to Sunset. Admission is free. Check online for Nature Center hours. If staff is not onsite and you require assistance, call 443-962-0216 to speak with a Ranger.
23222 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville, MD 20833
Riverfront ParkCity of LaurelSign Location: Trail Head
Enjoy a hike through scenic wetlands and historic dam ruins on the 1.5 mile paved trail at Riverfront Park. This park is also located next to the Laurel Museum. There is no admission fee. Park is open seven days a week, dawn to dusk.
Avondale Street, Laurel, MD 20707
Governor Bridge Natural AreaPrince George’s CountySign Location: Red Trail
Enjoy a 0.75 mile hike through wildflowers and mature hardwood forest to a scenic overlook of the Patuxent River. There is no admission fee. Park is open daily from 8 am to dusk.
7600 Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, MD 20716
Patuxent Wetlands ParkAnne Arundel CountySign Location: Fishing Pier
Cast your line from the Patuxent Wetlands Park fishing pier to catch the big one. Common species include blue and channel catfish, white and yellow perch, northern snakehead, and largemouth bass. Persons 16 or older are required to have a valid Maryland Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License. There is no admission fee. Park is open dawn to dusk.
1426 Mt. Zion Marlboro Road, Lothian, MD 20711 (located at end of Marlboro Road)
Glendening Nature PreserveAnne Arundel CountySign Location: Chris Swarth Boardwalk Off Cliff Trail
Experience the marsh up close with a 0.6 mile hike along a forested bluff to the Chris Swarth Boardwalk. There is no admission fee. Parking and trail maps are located at the Wrighton Road entrance of the Glendening Preserve; open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Reservations are not required.
1290 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
Jug Bay Natural AreaPrince George’s CountySign Location: Canoe Launch @ Jackson’s Landing
Rent (or bring your own) canoe or kayak to explore the freshwater tidal marshes of the Patuxent River by water. Daily canoe/kayak rentals are available April through October. There is no admission fee. Park is open daily 8 am to dusk.
16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Kings Landing ParkCalvert CountySign Location: Fishing Pier
Cast your line from the fishing pier to catch the big one. Common species include blue and channel catfish, white and yellow perch, northern snakehead, and largemouth bass. Persons 16 or older are required to have a valid Maryland Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License. There is no admission fee. Park is open daily 9:00AM to 8:00PM Memorial Day to Labor Day; 9:00AM to 5:00PM Labor Day to Memorial Day.
3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
Maxwell Hall ParkCharles CountySign Location: Beach Rest Area off Blue Trail
Hike the 2.8 mile Blue Trail loop through fields and forests to the peaceful beach rest area. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic view of the Patuxent River. There is no admission fee. Park is open daily 8 am to dusk.
6680 Maxwell Drive, Hughesville, MD 20637
Jefferson Patterson Park and MuseumCalvert CountySign Location: Along Village Trail
This ADA-accessible trail begins across from the Pavilion and takes visitors to the replica Indian Village. Along the way, interpretive signs talk about the changes in the environment and landscape in the past 400 years, as well as the Eastern Woodland Indian culture of past, present, and future. There is no admission fee. Open all year from 7:30 am until dusk except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
Historic Sotterley PlantationSt. Mary’s CountySign Location: At the Visitors Center
Whether you come by car or boat, experience 300 years of history at Sotterley, with 94 acres, over 20 historic buildings including a 1703 Plantation House and 1830’s Slave Cabin, Colonial Revival Gardens and more. Guests can hike almost 6 miles on Sotterley’s trail system, to include overlooks of Sotterley Creek and the Patuxent River. The Visitor Center is open May 1 through Oct. 31 for the Guided Tour season: Tues. to Sat. from 10 am to 4 pm and Sun. from Noon to 4 pm. The site is open year round for self-guided tours, and guests still begin their visit at the Visitor Center. Fees for ages 6 and up range from $5.00 to $10.00, and full information about visiting and fees can be found online.
44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Myrtle Point ParkSt Mary’s CountySign Location: Along Wet Sox Trail
This 0.5 mile beach trail begins at the picnic area and offers beautiful vistas of the Solomon's Bridge and access to the park's beach and favorite fishing spots. Continue through the woods past the beach to return to the main parking area along a rolling grassy lane.
Fee when gates are open: County resident $ 5.00 per vehicle, Out of County resident $10.00 per vehicle. Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset (except for special evening and night activities). During the winter months, gates are closed but the park is open for use by pedestrians who may park at the entrance and walk into the park.
301-475-4200, extension 1800
24050 Patuxent Boulevard, California, MD 20619
Bring your own canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard to explore the middle Patuxent and this brackish water estuary; launch is from a floating dock on the Patuxent. Limited parking, no facilities, no admission fee. Park is open daily, dawn to dusk.
24050 Patuxent Boulevard, California, MD 20619
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