Otter Creek: Hike and Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Abingdon, MD
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This is a hidden nature center and trail area just off Rte 40 and close to I-95. As it is very close to the CSX Rail line you may be startled while walking the grounds or throwing some rocks into Otter Creek.
Park, and walk down towards the nature center….but then turn right and follow the “discovery trail” opening. Follow this trail straight and turn right at “Y” in path. About a 1/10th of a mile you’ll turn left to stay on the discovery trail section. There are a few signs scattered about highlighting flora. Follow this loop around (almost a complete circle) for 1/4 mile. When it intersects with another trail you’ll want to turn left again and will soon pop out into the Transmission line/grassy area. Follow the path (not grasses) back into the woods to complete another loop (white blazes) to climb uphill to purple blazes. Re-emerge from the woods and you’ll spend a few minutes walking back through the transmissions line area. There may be remnants of downed trees along this path as you make your way back to the parking area. This last section doesn’t show on the published trail map but does on the image here

After completing this hike, make use of the free book garden, the nature center if open ( or walk down the paved pathway to the creek. It’s a straight shot with 2 picnic tables to enjoy lunch at.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center Building is open to the public:

Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Leight Park
Open daily dawn to dusk
(Gates close at dusk)

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