Spend a Brisk Winter’s Day at Piney Orchard Nature Preserve’s Duck Cove Pond Loop

When you need a break from staying at home, Mother Nature has plenty of options. One of them is the Duck Cove Pond Loop at Piney Orchard Nature Preserve. It’s a hidden gem right here in Odenton that you might have overlooked before! But its hidden gem status means the path is rarely crowded—a real perk in the age of social-distancing.

Still, make sure you have a mask on hand before you set out for the Duck Cove Pond Loop. There’s a large parking lot right near the trailhead. Grab a space and then set out on the paved path. As it winds deeper into the nature preserve, the path transitions to packed dirt that’s still easy to traverse. You might encounter beavers or deer as you meander around Duck Cove Pond! From start to finish, the loop is a little more than a mile, making it a great destination for a novice hiker or a family with little ones.

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