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This 3.45-mile paved trail follows the Magruder Branch creek, beginning at the Damascus Recreational Park on Kings Valley Road. It’s a relatively flat trail for most of its length, barring the steeper segments near the northern and southern ends of the route. Boardwalks provide crossing points across the wetlands, and the mature forests provide ample opportunities for birding and wildlife encounters. Enjoy a variety of experiences along the pathway, including open fields, marsh and quality woodland.
At its southern terminus, on Valley Park Road, the trail eventually joins the Lower Magruder Trail, a 3.3-mile unpaved track that in turn, links to the Seneca Greenway Trail.
To access the southern trailhead, begin on I-270 heading west, take exit 18, Stringtown Road to Frederick Road (State Route 355). Turn right into to Frederick Road, the continue of Foreman Boulevard. Take Little Seneca Parkway to Ridge Road (SR 27). Turn right onto Kings Valley Road. Damascus Recreational Park (23723 Kings Valley Road, Damascus) has three entrances. Pass the tall sculpture, take the third left turn into the park leading to baseball fields 1&2. The trailhead is on the left side at the end of the lot. Various amenities are available at the park including water fountains, restroom, picnic facilities and parking.
Additional parking might be found close to the northern trailhead on Valley Park Drive (limited spaces) and Bethesda Church Road (on-street parking).
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