If you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll find plenty to do in and around Davidsonville, MD. Do you love the challenge of a difficult hike? Or do you prefer a leisurely stroll on a paved path? Whatever the case may be, you’ll love our three favorite hiking spots.
Why hike at all? If you’re not into nature, you might wonder, what’s the point of exerting all that energy? But here are a lot of benefits to hiking! Spending time outside increases your dopamine levels (the happy hormone) and so does exercise. Plus walking or hiking is an easy way to stay in shape because all you need to do is put on some sneakers and open your front door. It’s free. There’s no gym required. And it can be fun if you have a few good hiking spots like the ones below.
If you don’t want anything too intense, Davidsonville Park is a great place to start. It has beautiful winding paved paths and a handful of easy trails. The park is well-maintained and clean. So you don’t have to worry about stumbling across someone else’s trash as you enjoy the scenery and peace of a relaxing stroll. If you walk along the outer path, you’ll go through some trees, visit a stream, and walk along a river. You can even bring your dog, on a leash of course!
If you want to do more than walk, it has some athletic fields where you can play sports with family and friends and a small playground for little ones. There’s also easy access to the water if you have a canoe.
Riva Area Park
Do you love geocaching? Then you should take your next walk in Riva Area Park. You’ll have fun exploring and finding little caches along the way. Riva has a few more trails than Davidsonville and they’re a little longer. So you can enjoy a good hike. There are a small playground and a large sports field where the kids can play. And you’ll find a nearby sitting area where parents can keep an eye on their little ones.
SERC Sparrow’s Rest Trail
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Davidsonville, you’ll find the SERC Sparrow’s Rest Trail. There’s so much to see here! You can visit the ruins of the Java Mansion – built in the colonial Georgian style. This is one of eight historic sites on the Maryland Pilgrimage Tour. SERC has three main trails. Read on to find which one is best for you.
Java History Trail
This is a 1.3 mile loop that starts at the Reed Educational Center. History buffs will love learning about how Native Americans, farmers, and then scientists have used this land. And then you’ll follow the blue blazes through some of the forested area.
Not into history? Then choose the Discovery Trail! It’s about 1.3 miles out and back. You’ll get to enjoy the peaceful marshes and walk along Muddy Creek and Rhode River. Though Discovery and Java both share the same initial stretch of trail, you’ll take a left just past the boardwalk and follow the pink blazes to continue on Discovery Trail.
Contee Watershed Trail
The longest hike is a 1.6 mile loop. You’ll start with a fascinating visit to the Contee Mansion Ruins, which has a beautiful view of the river. Then you’ll follow the white blazes into a forested area and along a bubbling brook.
So what do you say? Are you ready to go on a hike? We’re sure you’ll find a new favorite spot in our list.
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