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Savage Mill Trail
- Habitat: Mostly deciduous
trees in a rocky substrate above the Little Patuxent River at the
Fall Line; a few pines among the deciduous trees along the upper
trail with a scrubby area where that trail ends.
- Best Months: Mid-April and
early May; late September and October.
- Coverage Time: One hour or
- Trails/Paths: There are a
total of 1.5 miles of trails. The main trail is a wide crushed
rock path along the old roadbed of a narrow-gauge railroad. A
path uphill from the main trail runs through woods and emerges
near the rear of Forest Ridge Elementary School.
- Notable Birds: Great Egret,
Northern Bobwhite, Black-billed Cuckoo, Least Flycatcher,
Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Cerulean Warbler,
Prothonotary Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow,
- Amenities: A few picnic
tables, grills, and benches are positioned along the main trail;
a portable toilet is at the entrance. Parking is along Foundry
- Handicapped Access: The main
trail is level, crushed rock, and generally dry.
- Operation and Hours: Howard
County park; dawn to dusk.
- Special Attractions: This is
one of the most scenic trails in the county. Especially after
heavy rains, the river boils over rocks along the Fall Line below
the junction of the Middle and Little Patuxent rivers. The
restored Bollman Truss Bridge is adjacent to the trail entrance.
The historic Savage Mill on the north side of the river is of
historic interest, and there are several foundations relating to
the mill in view of the trail. At dusk in the fall, watch
hundreds of Chimney Swifts drop into the tall chimney. A good
selection of early spring wildflowers can also be found
Compiler: Tom Miller