Gwynn Acres Path
Columbia Road, Ellicott City Maryland 21042
Size: Open space east of the Little
Patuxent River with an entrance on Columbia Road opposite
Rams Horn Row and another at the end of Larkspring
Habitat: Young to mature deciduous
Best Months: Pleasant walk most of the
year; best birding mid-April through May; September,
Coverage Time: 1–2 hours;
Trails/Paths: An 8,800 foot paved path near
the river is the main trail. An unmarked short dirt trail
goes west 50 feet north of the Columbia Road entrance. It
leads shortly to a small wooden observation platform.
Occasional deer paths from the main trail into the
floodplain may be worth investigating.
Notable Birds: Winter Wren, Connecticut
Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Rusty Blackbird.
Amenities: Two benches, one near either end
of the path.
Handicapped Access: Generally easy walking
although moderately hilly near Larkspring Row. Avoid this
path during wet weather, especially fall. The six wooden
bridges are slanted at one or both ends so footing can be
treacherous when leaves blanket the boards.
Operation and Hours: Howard County open
space. Dawn to dusk.
Special Attractions: Within the first few
hundred yards, there is a tulip-tree on the east side of
the path. Even in its drastically pruned condition, it is
an imposing example of Maryland's old-growth timber. A
succession of spring wildflowers bloom along this path
from mid-April to mid-May.
Compiler: Joanne Solem