|In Short:||Maryland DNR / 410.356.9272 / 10 mi. / 2,000 acres / natural / links to C&O Canal|
|Summary:||McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area is a Wildlife Management Area in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a large contiguous forest of varied habitat, situated between the Potomac River and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal to the south, and Seneca Creek State Park to the east.|
Acres of sunflowers are planted each year at McKee-Beshers WMA to attract game birds. Every July, these spectacular fields in full bloom also draw photographers, garden enthusiasts, and tourists.
McKee-Beshers WMA provides habitat for a great diversity of wildlife species including deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, over 200 species of songbirds, and numerous reptiles and amphibians. Biologists deliberately flood forests during the fall and winter in "greentree reservoirs." These attract colorful wood ducks as well as other waterfowl which migrate through or spend the winter here -- or get blasted to bits for their troubles.
Do not think about riding here during hunting season!
|Activities:||horseback riding, hiking, biking, birding.|
|Location:||Between River Road and the Potomac River, in Poolesville MD. For trailers, try Sycamore Landing Road, Poolesville MD 20837|
Located on River Road in Western Montgomery County, McKee-Beshers WMA is a 2,000-acre tract in a mixture of woodlands, fields, wooded bottomland and managed wetland impoundments (green-tree reservoirs). The WMA shares a common boundary with the National Park Service Chesapeake and Ohio Canal to the south and borders Seneca Creek State Park, a 1,200-acre public hunting area, on the east.
From the Capital Beltway, take Exit 39 (River Road) west toward Potomac. Proceed for approximately 11 miles to the intersection of River Road and MD 112, Seneca Road. Turn left and continue on River Road for about 2 1/2 miles. McKee-Beshers will be on your left as you head west on River Road. For additional information, contact the Gwynnbrook Work Center at (410) 356-9272.
|Length/Surface:||In some seasons, you may find the going wet if you leave a marked trail. |
This ride covered a distance of 0.51 miles in 0 hours, 13 minutes -- about 2.4 mph.
|Trail Characteristics:||Many unconnected trails radiate from the few roads through the WMA. You'll find the best trail system radiating off several that connect to Hunting Quarter Road. Use Google maps Satellite view to plan your route.|
|Water for Horses:||yes, from Canal and River.|
|Access and Parking:||Trailer parking at the middle and end of Sycamore Landing Road. Additional parking and potholes on Hunting Quarter Road and two sketchy spots on the south side of River Road (see map.)|
|Download GPX file.||A GPX file is a GPS exchange format file in the format of an XML file. You can upload it to fitness tracking and mapping sites such as Strava, Gaia GPS or Endomondo, then use the matching app to load it into your smartphone and take it with you on your ride.|
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* This page is under development. A Google map and photos are to come.Created with AllTrails.com. Page last updated: January 08, 2018.