The parking area is located on the South side of Governor Bridge Road - about a half mile before the bridge (that's on the right hand side if heading toward the bridge and Anne Arundel County). If you blink, you might miss it. It's the first right that you can take off of Governor Bridge Road after passing the back lot for Prince George's Stadium.
Color triangles mark the trails. We saw yellow, red, blue and green trails on our trip today.
Some of the trails wind through wooded areas, and other trails head to the canoe launch or circle the lake. Biking is permitted.
You'll come across this pond if you head toward the canoe launch. Boating is only permitted in the Patuxent River itself. This pond and the lake are off limits to boats.
Turtles everywhere. Five on this log alone.
We came across this big turtle in one of the many ponds. Although it might be hard to tell from the picture, I estimate that the shell alone measures 14 to 16 inches.
We saw this duck in another pond.
We found a bridge over a stream on one of the trails, and we saw these tadpoles in the water. The tadpoles were fairly mature, and they probably measured 3 to 4 inches.
An 8 acre lake is the largest water feature at this location. The trails around the lake are probably the most popular trails in the park. According to the M-NCPPC, this was the site of an abandoned sand and gravel mining operation that closed in the 1960s, and restoration of this site began in the 1980s.
A Canada Goose nests on a tiny island in the lake. Canada Geese can become very aggressive in this situation, so luckily there was some distance between us and the goose.
This is probably a Northern Water Snake. We saw it slithering along the edge of the lake. The snake would disappear under muck on the bottom of the lake, and then it would suddenly reappear. We followed this snake along the edge for about 40 feet before we lost it.
We saw several trees that had been taken down by beaver, and we came across this beaver out for a swim.
We last saw the beaver dive under here. I assume this is the den.
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The parking area can be seen on the left. The large path to the right leads to the canoe launch on the Patuxent River. The pond on the right is the largest pond at this location. Adjust the map to the South to see the 8 acre lake.
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