Whether you walk, jog or hike, ride a horse or a bike...Charles County Parks has a trail for you!
Horseback riding is limited to Oak Ridge and Maxwell Hall Parks. Bicycles are permitted on the Indian Head Rail Trail but are not allowed on any other trails.
For information on any of our trails, please call the Parks Office at 301-932-3470.
Indian Head Rail Trail
10390 Theodore Green Blvd • White Plains
The Indian Head Rail Trail is Charles County’s most exciting recreational trail. A generous gift through the Department of Interior’s Federal Lands to Parks Program, Charles County has completed converting this abandoned railroad corridor into a 13-mile bike trail. Connecting the Town of Indian Head to Route 301 in White Plains, the IHRT traverses approximately halfway across our County.
Gilbert Run Park
13140 Charles Street • Charlotte Hall
This 1.6-mile nature trail travels along the edge of the 69-acre Wheatley Lake. Features include self-guided nature walk (pamphlets available at park office), fishing pavilions, numerous boardwalks and bridges, and beaver colony observation deck.
Laurel Springs Park
5940 Radio Station Rd • La Plata
Winding around the edges of the athletic complex, this 1.6-mile trail is ideal for jogging or a quick lunch hour stroll.
Maxwell Hall Park
6680 Maxwell Drive • Hughesville
Charles County’s equestrian facility welcomes hikers and nature watchers. Located off Rt. 231 near Benedict, the park offers over 14 miles of horse trails. Features include flat wide open riding, "intense" and hilly wooded terrain, cross country jumping course, trail obstacle course, and beachfront riding along the Patuxent River. NOTE: $25 annual membership required to ride facility. Call 301-932-3470 for membership information. Hikers and birders may use trails free of charge.
Oak Ridge Park
13675 Oaks Road • Hughesville
This 7-mile trail network offers equestrians and hikers a wide variety of trail options. Features include hilly terrain, creek crossings, bridges, and flat open areas. Oak Ridge Park also features two show-quality riding arenas which are open to the public except during special events.
Port Tobacco River Park
7685 Chapel Point Rd • Port Tobacco
This 149-acre venue offers unique natural resource-based recreational opportunities for county residents…all within 3 miles of downtown La Plata. Features include 4 miles of nature and hiking trails, interpretive displays, wildlife observation decks, trailside rest areas, and a secluded picnic grove. Visitors are encouraged to visit the park during the winter months to observe our resident eagles as they prepare their nest for new arrivals in the spring.