- Size: Howard County open space
along Plumtree Branch on the south side of Columbia Road from the
Little Patuxent River east.
- Habitat: Young deciduous
vegetation mixed with some mature trees along Plumtree Branch, as
well as beaver-enhanced wetlands with some open grassy areas,
cattail patches, and a small amount of open water.
- Best Months: Mid-April through
May; September and October, occasionally worthwhile till
- Coverage Time: ½ to 1
- Trails/Paths: A 0.63 mile
paved path with a few short dirt paths into the floodplain or
wetland. There are two entrances along Columbia Road: one is
about 100 feet west of Rams Horn Row (not quite opposite the
Gwynn Acres Path entrance); the second is 0.6 mile east of the
first entrance, between Old Dragon Path and the
- Notable Birds: Blue-winged
Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, American Bittern,
Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Virginia Rail, Sora, Warbling
Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Marsh Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Lincoln's Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird.
- Amenities: None.
- Handicapped Access: The path
is generally level except near the eastern terminus which has a
- Operation and Hours: Howard
County open space. Dawn to dusk. Intersecting paved paths belong
to the Columbia Association and are posted as closed from 10:00
p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- Special Attractions: Wetlands
are the best feature of this path.
Compiler: Joanne Solem