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Great Local Parks for Hiking and Recreation This Spring


Spring is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy everything that nature has to offer — it’s not too hot outside yet, and it’s not too cold anymore! Luckily for BeechTree residents, naturally beautiful views and refreshing walks are things that can be found right outside their front door. And some of the area’s best parks and hiking destinations are found close to the community, too!

These are the parks and trails you’ll want to check out this spring:


  • Watkins Regional Park — In addition to traditional recreational opportunities, this regional park is home to the antique Chesapeake Carousel, which is believed to have been constructed more than 100 years ago. Visitors can also find a fully operational miniature train and miniature golf course to enjoy.
  • Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary — Fishing, birding, picnicking, hiking and more — it can all be found at the only wildlife sanctuary operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
  • Rosaryville State Park — 982 acres of day-use parkland makes this park perfect for hunting, hiking, biking and equestrian riding. Plus, historic Mount Airy Mansion is a great destination for social engagements and events.
  • Cedarville State Forest — With more than 19.5 miles of trails, this state-protected forest is the ideal destination for equestrian riding and hiking as well as camping, picnics, fishing and hunting.
  • Anacostia Tributary Trail System — This trail network is a link in the national shore-to-shore American Discovery Trail and provides miles of uninterrupted hiking and jogging trails along the tributaries of the Anacostia River, as well as opportunities for fishing, bird watching, biking and more.
  • Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail — This 3.5-mile stretch connects to a plethora of trails in the area, including the Mount Vernon Trail and extends from Oxon Hill Road to the Huntington Metro Station in Virginia.
  • Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail — Featuring a wide selection of recreational areas, historic sites and communities along the route, this trail system is made up of a 5.6-mile path from Route 450 to Glenn Dale.
  • Henson Creek Trail — This is a scenic, recreational route through the Henson Creek Stream Valley Park and features asphalt surfaces that accommodates hikers, joggers, cyclists and inline skaters as it extends from Oxon Hill Road to Temple Hill Road.