Trail Discovery for Kids: Lower Magruder Trail

IMG_5238Lower Magruder Trail

Magruder Stream Valley Park

Damascus, MD


Hike Information

  • 3.2 mile out-and-back hike.
  • The trailhead is at the parking lot on Log House Road to its turn around at Watkins Road.
  • Mostly level with one rise above the stream valley near the turn-around.
  • Follow blue blazes.
  • Jogging stroller passable.
  • Link to the trail map.

Age Appropriateness

  • 5+ years old

What is fun for kids?

  • Multiple places to access the stream for water play.
  • Vernal pools in the flood plain where many tadpoles can be found during spring.
  • Spring flowers to photograph.
  • Multiple, large stags (down trees) where kids can test their gross motor skills.


  • No restrooms or trash cans available (pack-in, pack-out).
  • Multi-use trail – may encounter mountain bikers and horseback riders.
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