- Size: 270 acres
- Habitat: Dry upland with
mostly deciduous trees and scattered remnant pines; narrow
floodplain along the rocky Little Patuxent River just below its
junction with the Middle Patuxent River; steep, south-facing
slopes. Mown area near clustered recreational
- Best Months: April/May and
- Coverage Time: Under an hour
to more than two hours.
- Trails/Paths: There are two
trailheads for the River Trail: one from the recreational area
(behind the tennis courts just south of the pavilion), the other
at the north end of the parking lots adjacent to a ballfield.
Look for an information board at that location. The paved
Patuxent Branch Trail (which remains on the upland) terminates
here; the River Trail can be reached by going down the hill to
- Notable Birds: Bald Eagle,
Sedge Wren, Louisiana Waterthrush.
- Amenities: Restrooms. Picnic
pavilion, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, tot lot,
and picnic tables.
- Handicapped Access: The River
Trail with rocky and steep sections is not easily accessible. The
paved or well-packed earth upland extension of the Patuxent
Branch Trail has gentle grades.
- Operation and Hours: Howard
County park; 7:00 a.m. to dusk or as posted.
- Special Attractions: Historic
ruins related to Savage Mill; scenic sections of the Little
Patuxent River along the Fall Line; several unusual species of
dragonflies, Zebra Swallowtail butterfly a possibility, spring
and early summer wildflowers, and a fine diversity of
Compiler: Tom Miller and Joanne