Long Corner

Patuxent River State Park

Long Corner Road, Mount Airy Maryland 21771
  • Size: A portion of the 6,700 acre Patuxent River State Park.
  • Habitat: Mostly steep slopes with mixed hardwoods and a few remnant Virginia Pines; relatively narrow floodplain along the Patuxent River; one pond; small stand of mature White Pines; openings along gas and telephone rights-of-way.
  • Best Months: Late April– early July; late August–October (Sundays only during hunting season).
  • Coverage Time: An hour to half day.
  • Trails/Paths: A wide, mostly flat, trail (former farm road) runs north from Long Corner Road. Although well above the narrow Patuxent River, seeps and soil composition combine to keep short stretches perennially wet/muddy, even in dry weather.
  • Notable Birds: Veery, Worm-eating Warbler, and Kentucky Warbler are nesting species.
  • Amenities: A small dirt parking lot with space for half a dozen vehicles is on the south side of Long Corner Road 100 yards east of the bridge. If the lot is full (a rare event), there is space close to the trailhead for a few cars on either side of the road—a less safe option.
  • Handicapped Access: Limited access. Although the first section of the trail is flat, the wet and muddy sections pose problems (steep hillside on one side and drop-off on the other).
  • Operation and Hours: State parkland; dawn to dusk. Horseback riding and fishing are the two most popular recreational activities. Call 301-924-2127 for park information or 1-800-828-park (7275) to report problems.
  • Special Attractions: Nesting warblers and thrushes, a fine variety of odonates, and a diversity of fungi.
  • Hunting Hunting is permitted in this section. Between late September and February, Sunday is the safest time to visit. For information about current hunting dates, go to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
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Compilers: Joanne Solem & Scott Berglund

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