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
- Best Months: Late April–
early July; late August–October (Sundays only during
- Coverage Time: An hour to half
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Special Attractions: Nesting
warblers and thrushes, a fine variety of odonates, and a diversity
- 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.
Compilers: Joanne Solem & Scott