Jefferson Patterson Park, Archeology Site, & Indian Village! An Easy 6-Mile Hike

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group — A 501(c)(3) Charitable Org.
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Jefferson Patterson Park, Archeological Site, & Indian Village with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy 6 or Fewer Miles

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American Indian Heritage Day and Hike at Jefferson Patterson Park Including an Optional Visit to an Archaeological Site and Indian Village! An Easy 6-Mile Hike (Shorter Distances Available) with Optional Post Hike Meal

Our hike plan has us enjoying the relaxing Riverside Trail, which is about one mile long. It is an easy trail with interpretive signs beginning at the Breckinridge Educational Center and it will take us to the Patuxent River, passing by the Kings Reach archeology site where we will explore this active site.

Also, we will be visiting the Woodland Trail which is a loop of about approximately 0.6 miles long and of moderate difficulty. There are numbered signs along the way that talk about the flora and fauna native to this region. Our third trail is Point Trail and it has both a long loop and a shorter loop for us to explore. The longer loop is 1.7 miles long and takes us to the river’s edge and passes by the Smith’s St. Leonard site and the Patterson Estate.

A shorter 0.9-mile loop follows the field road back to the MAC Lab. Then we will trek the War of 1812 Trail that focuses on a key piece of the story from the often forgotten War of 1812. Eleven interpretive panels are located at four different locations along this very interesting trail. It includes the mouth of St. Leonard Creek where the 1812 Battle of St. Leonard Creek occurred. Village Trail trail begins across from the Pavilion and takes us out to the Indian Village where we will explore this area which is most certainly a one of a kind. Along the way, interpretive signs talk about the changes in the environment and landscape in the past 400 years, as well as the Eastern Woodland Indian culture of past, present, and future. So, this hike is sort of one big loop hike with additional loops that we will be exploring.

Museum and Visitor Center

We will start todays adventure with a visit to the museum and visitor center. Once a show barn for Black Angus cattle, the JPPM Visitor Center has been renovated to create the ideal place to begin or end your visit. Housing permanent and temporary exhibits, a theater room, Discovery Room, information center, museum shop, and public facilities, it is the information hub of the Park & Museum. Stop by to learn about the history of the property and/or the science of archeology.

Indian Village and Archaeological Excavation Site

The Indian Village was created in 2007 for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of John Smith’s exploration of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. It provides a glimpse into life as it might have been when John Smith visited the people who lived along the Patuxent River. Although it was built using modern hatchets, knives and saws, there is nothing modern in the Indian Village. It was built right next to the shore of the Patuxent River and is surrounded by forest. You can walk to a small beach on the river just a couple of hundred yards from the Village. The Indian Village currently has four longhouses, a central fire pit, and racks for smoking fish and meat. It is protected on one side by a palisade — a tall fence of poles set into the ground. People along the Patuxent built palisades to help keep out raiders from other tribes who would take the stores of dried corn. A working garden is located just outside the palisade where a variety of plants represent the crops Native people were growing.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Leonard, MD
Length: About 6 total miles with shorter options
Elev. Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, State Museum of Archaeology

Park Fee
There is no park fee for this hike.

Gear Suggestions
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Weather Information
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here ( to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
This hike will be led at moderate pace of about 2.5 mph (pace of an average hiker).

Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

(Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station
To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here ( directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location.

Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage — 7:15 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centerville Park and Ride Carpool — 7:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Fairfax Area Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station (Zip cars available) — 7:15 a.m.

Carpool Time from Annapolis area — 7:45 a.m.

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A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!


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