Rosewick Road Sidepath

Maryland

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Rosewick Road Sidepath Facts

States: Maryland
Counties: Charles
Length: 5.2 miles
Trail end points: Rosewick Rd. and US 301 (La Plata) and St. Charles Parkway and Billingsley Rd. (St. Charles)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6415930

Rosewick Road Sidepath Description

The separated multi-use Rosewick Road Sidepath provides a direct link for both recreation and transportation between the southern Maryland communities of St. Charles and La Plata. The path runs immediately adjacent to Rosewick Road/St. Charles Parkway and offers convenient access to Laurel Springs Regional Park and White Plains Regional Park. Most of the land along the route is undeveloped and remains forested, and the trail has few road intersections.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Rosewick Road Sidepath can be found at White Plains Regional Park. The park is located just south of Billingsley Road on St. Charles Parkway.

Rosewick Road Sidepath Reviews

Decent trail

Ok trail over all. The incline/decline part of of the trail is dangerous. One side is dug out and could kill someone not paying attention coming off the hill. Some of the ramps from on and of the road could be better aswell. Over all ok quick ride

A fairly quiet, enjoyable ride

The road that this trail parallels was created for housing development. It is still largely undeveloped and bordered by woodland, but housing projects have started since the recession, and the trail passes a few construction sites and some roadside utility work. Road traffic is very light in the mornings, and moderate in the afternoons. The only real disturbance to a peaceful ride is the stream of dump trucks from a gravel depot. I live close to this trail, and ride it at least once a week.

The trail pavement is in excellent condition. The ride is mostly gentle up-and-down, except for the descent to a bridge over a swamp (just coasting down, I can reach 30 mph) and the strenuous climb up the other side. There are two road crossings with traffic lights, a railroad crossing, and a few housing development entrances. I generally see only two or three other cyclists and runners.

It is 9.0 miles round trip between White Plains Regional Park (where I park) and the end of the trail at US-301 in La Plata. In the other direction (northbound), it is 1.3 miles round trip between the park and Billingsley Road. You can ride beyond there, but the trail becomes a suburban sidewalk.

For those in need of refreshment, there is an IHOP across the street at the La Plata end of the trail, and a Dash-In at the Billingsley Road end. There is a picnic pavilion next to the Regional Park parking lot.

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