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Parkers Creek Loop

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3.7 mile 5.9 kilometer loop
96% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 323' 99 m
Descent: -320' -98 m
High: 152' 46 m
Low: 9' 3 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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A nice loop as a part of a 22-mile trail system.

Brian Timko

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

Overview

While there is not a lot of flat ground on this run, the hills are not long. Towards the back of the loop it can get pretty mucky after a rain, and the ACLT have done a nice job of building raised wooden pathways to get you over the swampy parts of the trail.

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Parking is free but the road in is not well marked.

Runner Notes

The loop is a mix of double and singletrack. There are a few spots that are steep, switchback-type hills that I power hike, but most of the trail is fairly easy to run.

Description

There is not much as far as a view during the summer when the leaves are on the trees, but you run through several different forest types, and the trail is a mix of doubletrack and singletrack. Each turn and hill brings different flora, and there are stretches where the path has a sandy base (it is packed hard so it is still easy to run). Along the loop, you are always under tree cover so the sun isn't an issue.

There are a few steep switchbacks where you may need to slow down, but the great majority of the trail can be done without being over-taxed. Some of the low spots can get pretty muddy after rains but will still be passable.

The trail is not heavily used which is good and bad. You generally have the loop to yourself, even on weekends, but that also means you may end up running through dozens of orb weaver spider webs that decided to weave their webs across the path, many at eye level. I ended up doing the first loop with a stick clearing the webs (at least 25-30 of them) before running the next loop. Looking forward to freezing weather when the spiders die out.

I have seen a black snake and a copperhead, box turtles, and plenty of squirrels.

Flora & Fauna

I saw my first ever copperhead snake in the wild here. Also a black snake, plenty of spiders (you can eat a lot of webs if you are the first one out). Mostly, what you would expect from a mid-Atlantic trail.

Tulip poplar, oak, hickory, Virginia pine, sycamores, pawpaws, dogwoods, cardinal flowers, mayapples, Virginia waterleaf, bloodroot, ferns, and orchids, cattails, arrow arum, sedges

Giant carp, muskrat, otter, American bald eagle, heron, osprey, wild turkey.

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Copperhead chilling on the middle of the trail - it was gone on my 2nd loop.
Oct 2, 2018 near Prince…, MD
Purple blazes are abundant
Aug 12, 2019 near Prince…, MD
Overlooking Parkers Creek
Aug 12, 2019 near Prince…, MD
Bench about the halfway mark.
Aug 12, 2019 near Prince…, MD
Fallen tree over the path - they were starting to cut apart to clear the path on 9/6/18.
Oct 2, 2018 near Prince…, MD

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