(first appeared in The Equiery in July 2012)

Looking for new places to trail ride?....Maryland has a lot to offer.


by Ron MacNab
Mountains, rolling hills and costal trails are abundant and nearby. There are over 100 public trails in Maryland, many known only to local riders. The Maryland Horse Industry Board with help from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), The Equiery, Maryland Horse Council and Trail Riders of Today (TROT) are working to promote Maryland equestrian trails and tourism through print and web media. Be on the lookout for new brochures and check out their websites for links to trail and overnight stay information.

Visit the trail location’s website for details before visiting the trail. Some areas only permit riding during certain seasons. In some cases you may find that horseback riding is not a listed activity on the website. In those instances call the location to inquire.

This list was compiled with help from DNR, web searches and calling county departments of parks and recreation. Locations were confirmed by phone or email. Many thanks to Steve Carr, Trail Planner for DNR for his assistance in this project.

If you believe there is an error, omission or correction needed, please email me at Rmacnab@comcast.net.

 

 

Maryland Equestrain Public Access Trails
by County

(consolitaded by Ron MacNab*)

 

# on Map Trail System Surface Miles (aprox) Phone # Acres County Jurisdiction Camping
Allegany County
1 Green Ridge SF dirt roads 20 (301) 478-3124 46,000 Allegany Allegany Primitive
Anne Arundel County
  Bacon Ridge Nat. Res.Area (pending approval) natural   (410) 222-7317 1,000 Anne Arundel Anne Arundel no
2 Kinder Farm Park natural 3 (410) 222-6115 288 Anne Arundel Anne Arundel no
3 Patuxent Wildlife Research Center - North Track dirt roads 8+ (301) 497-5770 12,800 Anne Arundel US Fish & Wildlife no
Baltimore County
 106 Center of Maryland Agriculture & Farm Park  natural    (410) 887-8570  149  Baltimore  Baltimore County  no 
  Gunpowder Falls SP  natural  60  (410) 592-2897  18,000  Baltimore  Maryland DNR  no 
Gunpowder Falls SP (Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail)  natural  21  (410) 592-2897  18,000  Baltimore  Maryland DNR    no
84 Gunpowder Falls SP (Graham Equestrian Center) natural 20+  (410) 663-4445  18,000  Baltimore  Private/DNR  no 
85  Prettyboy Reservoir  natural   (410) 887-5683    Baltimore  City of Baltimore  no 
86  Loch Raven Reservoir  natural    (410) 887-5683    Baltimore  City of Baltimore  no 
83  Patapsco Valley SP (Avalon Area)  natural  20  (410) 461-5005  16,043  Carroll  Maryland DNR  no 
87  Patapsco Valley SP (McKeldin Area)  natural  80  (410)461-5005  16,043  Carroll  Maryland DNR no 
Calvert County         
Calvert Cliffs SP  natural  (301) 743-7613  1,313  Calvert  Maryland DNR  no 
Caroline County         
Idylwild WMA natural  10  (410) 376-3236  3,800  Caroline  Maryland DNR  no 
Carroll County         
Morgan Run NEA  natural  11  (410) 461-5005  1,400 Carroll  Maryland DNR  no 
10  Union Mills Reservoir Trails  natural  (410) 386-2103    Carroll  Carroll  no 
Liberty Reservoir  natural  15+  (410) 887-5683  3,100  Baltimore  City of Baltimore  no 
11  Gillis Falls  natural  (410) 386-2103  1,117  Carroll  Carroll  no 
12  Piney Run Reservoir  natural  (410) 795-3274  550  Carroll  Carroll  no 
Cecil County         
13  Fair Hill NRMA  natural  70  (410) 398-1246  5,633  Cecil  Maryland DNR  Showers/RR 
14  C & D Canal Lands  n/a  n/a  (410) 356-9272    Cecil  Maryland DNR  n/a 
15  Bethel MHA  natural    (410) 356-9272    Cecil  Maryland DNR  no 
16  Court House Point MHA  natural    (410) 356-9272    Cecil  Maryland DNR  no 
17  Elk Forest MHA  natural    (410) 356-9272    Cecil  Maryland DNR  no 
18  Grove Neck MHA  natural    (410) 356-9272    Cecil  Maryland DNR  no 
19  Stemmers Run MHA  natural    (410) 356-9272    Cecil  Maryland DNR  no 
20  Welch Point MHA  natural    (410) 356-9272    Cecil  Maryland DNR  no 
21  Elk Neck SF  natural  14  (410) 287-5675  3,300  Cecil  Maryland DNR  no 
Charles County         
88  Oak Ridge Park  natural  (301) 932-3470    Charles  Charles no
89  Maxwell Hall Park Equestrian Area (membership) natural 14 (301) 932-3470   Charles Charles no
90  Friendship Farm Park natural 6 (301) 932-3470   Charles Charles no
91  Myrtle Grove WMA natural 10+ (301) 743-5161 1,723 Charles Maryland DNR no
22  Doncaster Demo SF natural 13 (877)620-8367 1,823 Charles Maryland DNR no
Dorchester County    
23  Lewis Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 1,594 Dorchester Maryland DNR no
24 Marshyhope natural   (410) 632-3732 3,408 Dorchester Maryland DNR no
Frederick County
25 Monocacy NRMA natural 9 (301) 924-2127 1,800 Frederick Maryland DNR no
26 Gambrill SP natural 16 (301) 271-7574 1,137 Frederick Maryland DNR no
27 Sugarloaf Mountain rocky 7 (301) 869-7846   Frederick Stronghold Foundation no
28 Catoctin Mountain National Park rocky 6 (301) 663-9330 5,770 Frederick US Park Service no
29 Frederick City Watershed CWMA rocky 13 (301) 842-2702 7,000 Frederick Maryland DNR no
Garrett County         
30  Savage River SF roads  20+ (301) 895-5759 54,000 Garrett Maryland DNR no
31 Garrett SF roads 25 (301) 334-2038 7,000 Garrett Maryland DNR primitive
32 Potomac SF roads 25 (301) 334-2038 11,535 Garrett Maryland DNR no
Harford County         
92 Sweet Air (Gunpowder Falls SP) natural 18 (410) 592-2897 1,250 Harford Maryland DNR no
33 Susquehanna Sp natural 15 (410) 557-7994 2,639 Harford Maryland DNR no
Howard County         
34  Schooley Mill Park natural 5 (410) 313-4700   Howard Howard no
39 Patuxent River SP (Annapolis Rock Rd) natural 25+ (301) 924-2127 6,700 Howard Maryland DNR no
35 Benson Branch Park natural   (410) 313-4700   Howard Howard no
93 Western Regional Park natural 2 (410) 313-4700 190 Howard Howard no
94 Rockburn Branch Park natural 5+ (410) 313-4700 415 Howard Howard no
36 Living Farm Heritage Museum natural 5 (410) 489-2345   Howard Howard no
Kent County         
37 Sassafras NRMA natural 8 (410) 820-1668   Kent Maryland DNR no
95 Worton Park natural   (410) 778-1948 72 Kent Kent no
96 Turner's Creek Park natural   (410) 778-1948 147 Kent Kent no
38 Millington WMA natural 10 (410) 928-3650 4,000 Kent Maryland DNR no
Montgomery County
  Patuxent River SP natural 25+ (301) 924-2127 6,700 Montgomery Maryland DNR no
97 Patuxent River SP (Brown's Church Rd) natural 25+ (301) 924-2127 6,700 Montgomery Maryland DNR no
98 Patuxent River SP (Route 97) natural 25+ (301) 924-2127 6,700 Montgomery Maryland DNR no
99 Patuxent River SP (Howard Chapel Rd) natural 25+ (301) 924-2127 6,700 Montgomery Maryland DNR no
40 Schaeffer Farm Park MHA natural 12 (410) 356-9272 850 Montgomery Maryland DNR no
41 McKee Beshers WMA natural 10 (410) 356-9272 2,000 Montgomery Maryland DNR no
42 Agricultural History Farm Park natural 5+ (301) 948-5053 410 Montgomery Montgomery no
43 Black Hill Regional Park natural 10+ (301) 670-8080 1,800 Montgomery Montgomery no
44 Block House Point natural 2 (301) 670-8080   Montgomery Montgomery no
45 Blue Mash natural 4 (301) 948-5053   Montgomery Montgomery no
46 Fairland Park natural 3     Montgomery Montgomery no
48 Little Bennett natural 20+ (301) 972-6501 3,700 Montgomery Montgomery no
49 Magruder Branch natural 8 (301) 972-6581   Montgomery Montgomery no
50 Northwest Branch rocky 4     Montgomery Montgomery no
51 Rachael Carson Conservation Park natural 6+     Montgomery Montgomery no
53 Seneca Creek Greenway natural       Montgomery Montgomery no
54 Seneca Ridge Trail natural 6 (410) 356-9272   Montgomery Maryland DNR no
55 Underground Railroad natural 2     Montgomery Montgomery no
56 Wheaton Regional Park rocky 5     Montgomery Montgomery no
57 Woodstock natural 14     Montgomery Montgomery no
58 Breezy Loop Trail natural 6     Montgomery Equine Partners EPIC no
59 Dry Seneca Trail natural 9     Montgomery Equine Partners EPIC no
60 C & O Canal natural 150     Montgomery US Park Service no
Prince George's County
100 Anacostia Tributary Trail System nat/pave 10+ (301) 699-2255   Prince George's Prince George's no
61 Rosaryville SP natural 10 (301) 856-9656 982 Prince George's DNR no
62 Cedarville SF natural 20 (301) 888-1410 3,510 Prince George's DNR Showers/RR
63 Fairland nat/pave 6 (301) 953-0222 150 Prince George's Prince George's no
101 Henson Creek Trail nat/pave 6 (301) 699-2255   Prince George's Prince George's no
102 Jug Bay Natural Area Trail natural 8 (301) 699-2255 2,000 Prince George's Prince George's no
64 T. Howard Duckett Reservoir (Rocky Gorge) fee natural 13 (301) 774-9124   Prince George's WSSC no
Queen Anne's County
103 Conquest Preserve natural 1.5 (410) 758-0835 300 Queen Anne's Queen Anne's no
7 Tuckahoe SP natural 14+ (410) 820-1668   Queen Anne's Maryland DNR no
104 Price Creek Environmental Area natural 2+ (410) 604-2100 300 Queen Anne's Queen Anne's no
Somerset County
65 E. Mace Smith Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 1,708 Somerset Maryland DNR no
66 Haislip Marumsco Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 1,379 Somerset Maryland DNR no
67 Peters McAllen Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 934 Somerset Maryland DNR no
68 Wells Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 1,915 Somerset Maryland DNR no
St. Mary's County
69 Greenwell Sp natural 5 (301) 872-5688 596 St. Mary's Maryland DNR no
  Kitts Point (pending approval) natural   (410) 260-8478 938 St. Mary's Maryland DNR no
  Newtowne Neck SP natural   (410) 260-8478 790 St. Mary's Maryland DNR no
70 St. Mary's SP natural 8 (301) 743-5161 2,200 St. Mary's Maryland DNR no
Talbot County
71 Wye Island NRMA     (410) 827-7577 2,450 Talbot Maryland DNR no
Washington County
72 Indian Springs WMA natural   (301) 842-2702 6,400 Washington Maryland DNR no
73 Antietam Battlefield nat/pave   (301) 432-7648   Washington US Park Service no
Wicomico County
74 Chesapeake SF & Wicomico natural       Wicomico Maryland DNR no
75 Aughty Naughty Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 1,265 Wicomico Maryland DNR no
76 Greenhill Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 3,312 Wicomico Maryland DNR no
77 Wicomico Forest Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 3,503 Wicomico Maryland DNR no
Worcester County
78 Cordery Tract natural   (410) 632-3732 625 Worcester Maryland DNR no
79 Dunn Swamp Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 1,154 Worcester Maryland DNR no
80 Johnson and Johnson Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 853 Worcester Maryland DNR no
81 Tankard Farm Complex natural   (410) 632-3732 461 Worcester Maryland DNR no
82 Pocomoke River SF natural   (410) 632-3732 13,036 Worcester Maryland DNR no
105 Assateague Island National Seashore sand/pave   (410) 641-1441 39,600 Worcester US Park Service Showers/RR
                 
        * If you see an error or omission, please contact Ron MacNab at Rmacnab@comcast.net

 

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