Patuxent Branch Trail

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Trail Distance: 4.6 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
Locals of the Woodvalley neighborhood in Colombia, Maryland, love living in close proximity to the Patuxent Branch Trail. This trail is just shy of 5 miles, and part of a 20 mile trail system that passes over the hills of Howard Country. The Patuxent Branch section stretches from Savage Park, along the Little Patuxent River, to the scenic Lake Elkhorn. This mostly paved pathway draws in cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers. Portion of the trail are gravel, and can get muddy after a heavy rain. Overall, it's the ideal trail to add to your route on your morning walk with Fifi. 

The trail can be started or finished at Savage Park, where you'll find plenty of free parking and amenities. This include restrooms, sports fields and playgrounds. There are shaded grassy areas where you and your pal can relax on the cool grass, or even do some stretching after your jog on the trail. Your doggo will love a break from the pavement and the feel of the plush grass between their toes. 

Along the trail, you'll find interpretive signs and plenty of wildlife. The nearby river and lush greenery make this area great place for birdwatching. You'll also get to see the historic Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge that spans the river. This railroad bridge was built in 1902, and is now being used for bike and pedestrian traffic only. Once you arrive at Lake Elkhorn, you can continue around the lake along the Lake Elkhorn Loop, or just kick back and relax at Lake Elkhorn Park. There are benches, fishing piers, and even doggy-waste stations scattered along the way. Do bring water to share for the trek.

Pups are welcome to join their humans along this trail, as long as proper petiquette is followed. This includes keeping your pal leashed and picked up after at all times. 

Patuxent Branch Trail is the pawfect way to enjoy some fresh air and exercise with your best pal. 

Trail Features
Forest, Lake, River, Urban
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Some portions of this trail pass near busy streets, so keep your dog leashed and stay aware of your surroundings.
Address
9190 Old Guilford Rd
Columbia, MD 21046
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Address
9190 Old Guilford Rd
Columbia, MD 21046
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM