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Orange Loop

Intermediate
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A 2.3 mile orange-blazed loop that includes a boardwalk with views of the Patuxent River wetlands.


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2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Loop

74' 23 m

High

1' 0 m

Low

118' 36 m

Up

118' 36 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Open 0900 - 1700 (Closed Sundays; December – February)

Overview

Part of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, the Orange Trail spans much of the western portion of the Glendening Nature Preserve. The lightly trafficked loop is good for all skill levels and offers the chance to see wildlife and a grand view of the Patuxent River.

Need to Know

No restrooms at the Wrighton entrance.

Description

Beginning at the Wrighton entrance parking area, proceed north up the Red Oak Trail. In 0.2 miles, cross Wrighton Branch Creek on a culvert and turn left onto the Cliff Trail. In 0.4 miles, you'll come to a T-intersection. Taking a left dead-ends, but allows for a clear view of the Patuxent River wetlands (and homes). Taking a right at the T-intersection, proceed north passing the Dogwood Trail and Blueberry Trail (taking a right onto these trails will return you to the Red Oak Trail).

At about 1.0 miles in, there are sandy steps carved into the cliffs that lead to the Chris Swarth Boardwalk. The narrow boardwalk ends at a small pier, where Patuxent canoeists and kayakers could stop or launch. The pier permits extensive and beautiful views of the wetlands--with some traffic noise from MD 4.

Returning to the Cliff Trail, continue north for 0.1 miles and take a right onto Holly Trail. Continue east for about a 0.1 miles and then take a right and head south on the Red Oak Trail. You'll continue to take this south--crossing the Blueberry, Dogwood, and Spicebush Trail --until you reach the trail's end.

Flora & Fauna

Beaver, Otter, Muskrat, Deer, Squirrel, Red-winged Blackbird, Mallard Duck, Rock Pigeon, Canada Goose, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Black Duck, Red-eyed Vireo, White-throated Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, Wood Thrush, Dark-eyed Junco, Chimney Swift, Turkey Vulture, Acadian Flycatcher, Blue Jay, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ring-billed Gull, Osprey, Fish Crow, Loblolly Pine, Horse Mint, Camphor Weed, Prickly Pear

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Ryan Spr

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Start of the boardwalk looking west
Dec 9, 2019 near Marlbor…, MD
View of the Pautuxent River from the cliffs
Dec 9, 2019 near Marlbor…, MD
Glendening Walking Trails Aug 6, 2017 at 10-030
Dec 9, 2019 near Marlbor…, MD
Glendening Walking Trails Aug 6, 2017
Dec 9, 2019 near Marlbor…, MD
Looking southwest from the small pier
Dec 9, 2019 near Marlbor…, MD
Glendening Walking Trails Aug 6, 2017
Dec 9, 2019 near Marlbor…, MD

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