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Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Tour

Easy

Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 104' 32 m
Descent: -77' -23 m
High: 59' 18 m
Low: 2' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Chris Garrett

A gravel and pavement road through open fields and woods.

Chris Garrett

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Closed dusk to dawn. No motorized vehicles. Merkle section of trail closed between October 1 and January 31.

Description

This is a bi-directional, shared use trail that heads through open forest and farmland that is a mix of pavement and gravel doubletrack with some fall line downs and ups. It connects Jug Bay Natural Area to Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, which is managed by MD DNR.

The Jug Bay part of the trail is open year-round but the Merkle side is closed to traffic between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31. While the trail isn't very busy, it is shared-use and there will occasionally be equestrians and hikers, so be aware.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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On the Critical Area Tour bridge
Nov 17, 2019 near Croom, MD

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