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- Habitat: Mostly dry upland
deciduous or mixed woods on a rocky substrate at the Fall Line
along the Little Patuxent and Middle Patuxent rivers; some steep
slopes; narrow floodplain.
- Best Months: Mid-April through
- Coverage Time: One hour to
one-half day depending on walking speed and number of trails
- Trails/Paths: Portions of the
Wincopin Trail (Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow) are marked with
colored blazes on trees. These trails total 3.73 miles.
Initially, all trails follow the paved Red Trail south out of the
parking lot. Other trails branch from this main stem; the
intersections are marked by square wooden signposts. Some trail
segments are level and relatively easy walking; many portions are
rocky; all contain steep slopes—some more than others.
Users need to be in reasonably good physical condition, and
sturdy footgear is recommended. The trails are heavily used by
joggers and dog walkers.
- Notable Birds: Red-breasted
Nuthatch, Blue-winged Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine
Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler.
- Amenities: Portable toilet in
paved parking lot; orienteering course.
- Handicapped Access: Extremely
limited due to rocky trails and steep grades. To sample the site,
take the initial short paved section of the main stem. Beyond
that, it continues for several hundred yards as a wide
packed-earth trail with a gentle grade and a minimum of
- Operation and Hours: Howard
County parkland; dawn to dusk.
- Special Attractions: Trails
follow portions of two of the county's major rivers to their
junction. A state-rare dragonfly has been found along the rivers;
spring wildflowers, including perfoliate bellwort, early
saxifrage, and wild sarsaparilla, can be found in specialized
habitats; pawpaw stands increase one's chances of seeing Zebra
Swallowtail butterflies in season, and fall can be good for fungi
study. Trout are stocked. Varied topography, whitewater along the
rivers, and historic ruins relating to the Savage Mill and
quarrying make hiking attractive. Traffic noise from I-95 is the
biggest drawback, especially from late fall until early
Compilers: Tom Miller and Joanne