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Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

The Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) is one of my favorite hikes. The MPEA has 2 primary hiking loops: the Wildlife Loop Trail (marked with red blazes) and the South Wind Trail (marked with blue blazes). Both are dirt trails and there is a connector trail (marked with yellow blazes) to connect the 2 trails. The trails are very well marked and at the trailhead you will see a kiosk which has trail maps.

The MPEA has 5.4 miles of trails. I plan on hiking the Wildlife Loop Trail first which is 2.4 miles long. After we finish the Wildlife Loop Trail this is a nice bailout point for anyone who wishes to return to their cars and leave. For everone else who wants to hike the complete set of trails, we will hike on the connector trail to the South Wind Trail. By the time we finish, we should have hiked approximately 5.4 miles.

Here is a copy of the maps:


Wildlife Loop Trail:

http://www.howardcountymd.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=6442470660

South Wind Trail:

http://www.howardcountymd.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=6442470658

If you are having problems locating our group at the start of the hike or if you are running a few minutes late and want us to wait for you, call me (Wayne) at[masked]-1789.


We meet in a gravel parking lot at this address:


5795 Trotter Road
Clarksville, MD 21029

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  • Wayne M.

    It was a wonderful hike with Kimberly and Angela. The trails were pretty muddy in spots but everyone handled it like troopers.

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Janet A.

    Be sure to wear boots you can get muddy or waterproof hiking shoes since we've had a lot of rain. I love this park too Wayne, looking forward to it!

    1 · May 29, 2014

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