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River State Park
PRSP Hipsley Mill Road
- Size: A portion of the 6,700
acre Patuxent River State Park.
- Habitat: Maturing deciduous
floodplain and upland forest; small amount of field
- Best Months: May and June;
September and October (on non-hunting days in fall).
- Coverage Time: Under one hour
to several hours.
- Trails/Paths: Downstream and
upstream trails are accessible from the Howard County side of the
river. The Downstream Trail leaves the small parking lot and
generally follows the river to the mouth of Cabin Branch. To
reach the Upstream Trail, cross Hipsley Mill Road and walk uphill
away from the river about 50 feet. Look for an unmarked trail
entrance on the left (west) side of the road.
- Notable Birds: Wild Turkey, American
Woodcock, Yellow-throated Vireo, Veery, Orange-crowned Warbler, Cerulean Warbler
(downstream), American Redstart, Worm-eating Warbler, Kentucky
Warbler, Hooded Warbler are all nesting species.
- Amenities: Small dirt parking
lot 50 feet east of the river on the south side of the road. May
be muddy in wet weather. No facilities.
- Handicapped Access: Very
little. Although trails along the river are flat, they are
narrow, rough, and often muddy. Birding in the vicinity of the
bridge and parking lot can be productive.
- Operation and Hours: State
park hours are dawn to dusk.
- Special Attractions: Trout are
stocked in the Patuxent River.
- Hunting: Except for a narrow
strip along the road, managed hunting takes place between October
and February except on Sunday. For information about current
hunting dates, go to the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources and select the hunting