|Summary:||Bordering Jug Bay and extending south along the Patuxent River, the trails and boardwalks of Patuxent River Park provide easy access to the renowned tidal marsh system and the forested habitats of the region. A canoe launch near the north end of the Natural Area allows visitors to experience the sights and sounds of the marsh firsthand: the distinctive "whinny" of the rare sora (Porzana carolina) at dawn, bald eagles and ospreys soaring overhead at mid-day, and egrets roosting in the trees at sunset. A small boardwalk leads visitors through a tidal hardwood swamp with pumpkin ash, red maple and small patches of the Threatened red turtlehead (Chelone obliqua). This uncommon forest community grows at the edge of tidal influence, beyond the reach of brackish water, but is flooded regularly by the tides. Trails through the adjacent non-tidal and upland forests offer access to rich woodland areas dotted with ferns and wildflowers in spring. A four-mile Critical Area Driving Tour is open on most Sundays, and allows visitors to drive across Mattaponi Creek into the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. The road leads through dense woods, over non-tidal and tidal marshes and also through open farm fields.|
The Patuxent River was first recognized by the State of Maryland as a valuable natural resource, worthy of protection, in the Patuxent River Watershed Act of 1961.
In 1968, the river was designated one of Maryland's scenic rivers.
Today, the Patuxent River remains one of the most beautiful sites in Prince George's County and the State of Maryland. Home to a wide variety of wildlife, the river also tells great historical stories and sustains livelihoods and hobbies held by enthusiasts of all kinds.
In Prince George's County, the Commission owns more than 7,000 acres of riverside parkland that protect the natural resources and preserve the scenic character of the river.
|Activities:||horseback riding, Canoeing and Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking/Walking, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Off-Road Vehicles, Rock Climbing, Snowmobiling, Swimming, Tubing.|
|Location:||16000 Croom Airport Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772|
This ride covered a distance of 89.36 miles in 713 hours, 44 minutes -- about 0.1 mph.
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