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Organized Runs | Parks

Organized Trail Runs

CBRC puts on a winter/spring Trail Series, in various parks in southern Maryland.

There is a Jug Bay Run for Wildlife in the late autumn at Jug Bay (near Croom, south of Upper Marlboro).

Historic St Mary's City celebrates Trail Day annually with a 5K Fun Run in June, on their woodland trails.

The Baltimore Road Runners Club (www.brrc.com) offers low-key trail races with race-day registration only. For more information on the races, please check their website.

Virginia Happy Trail Running Club offers many longer trail runs and races, as it tends to cater especially to the ultra crowd.

The Annapolis Striders put on a 50K annually at Rosaryville State Park in the autumn, and a summer high school cross-country course race series in the summer.

Ron Bowman and BluePoint Timing and/or Annapolis Trail Runners have recently been putting on Rosaryville Trail Runs of various distances, in July at Rosaryville State Park.

Some of our CBRC members have run various trail races in the area, including

Southern Maryland Parks
Calvert County Charles County
  • Gilbert Run Regional Park: Free?, Closed Nov-Mar. Supposedly has a lake and trails?
  • Maxwell Hall Equestrian Park: Free, large park with wooded trails, lovely waterfront, and fields. Port-o-potty at main entrance.
  • Oak Ridge Park: Free, playing fields, equestrian grounds, and wooded trails. Bathroom building near fields and port-o-potty near equestrian grounds.
  • Charles Co has a bunch more parks which are entirely unknown to me:
    • Bensville Park, Friendship Farm Park, Mallows Bay Park, Pisgah Park, Southern Park, Ruth B. Swann Park, Turkey Hill Park, White Plains Regional Park, Charlie Wright Park
St Mary's County
  • Flag Ponds County Park: Flag Ponds park contains about three miles of wooded trails with moderate hills, some of which are atop bluffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, others go around a pond. Sandy beach with fossil hunting, swimming, and fishing. Very short access road, paved, then dirt, leads to beach. Free park maps are available at the guard shack at the park entrance. Located in northern Lusby, on the northbound side of rt 4. Annual pass is $15 for Calvert County residents, $20 for non-residents. Day use per car April - October is $4 / $6 county residents / non. Day use November - March is $3 per car. Weekends only November - March.
  • Greenwell State Park: Admission fee, some field trails, some wood trails, pretty riverside beachfront. Bathroom building next to pavilion.
  • Leonardtown Trails: Free, no park, just some trails adjacent to old Leonardtown. Use bathrooms at Leonardtown wharf.
  • Myrtle Point Park: Free, small, nice wood trails and lovely river view. Port-o-potty at internal parking lot by river.
  • Newtowne Neck Park: Free. There is a port-a-potty at the canoe and kayak launch. There is a network of unimproved farm trails that provide several miles of running. The park is a peninsula, with 7 miles of beaches, some of which is brushy, but I have not checked it all out. The roads going into the park do not have a lot of traffic, so you can go down to Fitzies, or out to the Backroad inn if you want to add road miles. They have been finding old ammunition in the park, so keep your eyes open and report anything you find. This should not be a problem if you stick to the roads.
  • Point Lookout State Park: Admission fee, beautiful water views but not very much trail. The old railbed trail behind the campsite is pretty.
  • St Mary's City Woodland Trails: Free, 4mile woodland trail on land belonging to HSMC (Historic St Mary's City). Adjacent to HSMC historic exhibit areas and paved paths. No bathroom facilities.
  • St Mary's River Park: Admission fee, 7.5mile wood trail loop around lake. Plus additional trail added summer of 2012. Seasonal Bathroom building or port-o-potty in parking lot.
  • St Mary's River Park Site 2: Admission fee, much larger, but undeveloped, and probably actively hunted.
Southern Prince George's County High Schools
  • Just about all the high schools have cross-country courses on their grounds.
Chesapeake Bay Running Club
P.O. Box 635
Solomons, MD 20688