|St. Mary County
Department of Recreation & Parks is pleased to announce that the
Three Notch Trail project is currently under construction. The
trail is being constructed on the County owned railroad
right-of-way (ROW), which runs south from Hughesville (in
Charles County) to Lexington Park (to the Patuxent River Naval
Air Station). The trail is a non-motorized pedestrian and
bicycle trail. The trail is being constructed of asphalt and
will be 10 feet wide in most sections. Appropriate signage,
benches, crosswalks and road barriers are also included where
needed to enhance the project. The project is compliant with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
||Phase II of the trail begins
at the Northern Senior Activity Center and runs about
2.25 miles north to Deborah Drive, in Charles County.
This section is also now complete.
|Phase III, from Wildewood to
Wal-Mart, is being constructed by several private
developers in the California area. The Wildewood, South
Plaza and Wal-Mart sections are now complete. The County
completed construction of Phase IVA, from Wal-Mart to
Chancellors Run Road. Phase IVB, from Chancellors Run
Road to Pegg Road, will be constructed in the future as
part of the FDR Blvd. community road project.
Phase I of the Trail near Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home
is also complete on Phase V, from John V. Baggett Park in
Laurel Grove to MD Rt. 5 in Mechanicsville. Phase VI of the
trail, from MD Rt. 5 to MD Rt. 236, will be constructed
during calendar year 2015. When Phase VI is complete, the
northern portions of the trail will run for 11 continuous
miles. Phases VII, VIII & IX, from Wildewood to Baggett
Park, are planned in future years, as funding permits.
Parking and restrooms along the Charlotte Hall section
of the trail can be found at the Northern Senior Center, St.
Mary’s County Welcome Center and at the Charlotte Hall
Library; parking availability is limited at these locations.
Users are encouraged to utilize parking lots at the Gospel
Light Baptist Church and at John V. Baggett Park at Laurel
Grove whenever possible.
|The plan for the trail is included in the June 2001
Southern Maryland Regional Trail and Bikeway System (SMRTABS)
Study prepared for the Tri-County Council for Southern
Maryland. The 2000 & 2005 St. Mary’s County Land
Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plans also recommend the
development of a network of greenways, bikeways, and trails
in the County and specifically refer to the Charlotte Hall
to Lexington Park trail. The plan for the trail is also
consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
Development of the County’s railroad right-of-way into a
hiking and biking trail will provide numerous recreational,
tourism and transportation opportunities. The trail will
also help promote the health and wellness benefits of
walking, biking and rollerblading.
Phase II of the Three Notch Trail in Charlotte
vehicles are prohibited.
at sunrise and closes at sunset.
only at speeds which are safe and appropriate to trail
conditions and usage.
the right lane; move left to pass; give appropriate warning
to trail users ahead; and move off the trail when you come
to a stop.
Pedestrians have the right of way.
all road/street crossings.
be on leash and controlled at all times.
beverages are prohibited.
races or competitive speed training.
respect private property. Be a courteous user of public lands.
are needed for trail upkeep, monitoring and fundraising. If
you are interested in becoming a “Friend of the Three Notch
Trail,” please contact
at (301) 862-1695.
For more information on the Three Notch Trail
project, please contact the Department of Recreation & Parks
at (301) 475-4200 ext. 1811.