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    Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    Maryland

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  • Saturday August 2, 2014 Program Change

    Our Meet the Dairy Cow and Chicken Program will be offered on August 2, 2014. However, due to limited staff, the Wagon Ride and Park's Past tour of the historic house will not take place. Please call the park on 301.839.1176, if you have any questions.

  • No public programs on Wednesday August 6, 2014

    Due to staff planning meetings, the Park will be open but there will be no public programs. Meet the Dairy Cow, the Wagon Ride, and Chicken & Egg programs will not be happening on this day. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.

  • No public programs on Wednesday August 13, 2014

    Due to staff meetings, the Park will be open but there will be no public programs. Meet the Dairy Cow, the Wagon Ride, and Chicken & Egg programs will not be happening on this day. Please call the park at 301.839.1176 if you have any questions.

The Woodlot Trail

woodlot trail on a sunny day

A walk on the woodlot trail on a sunny winter day.

NPS Photo

Welcome to the Woodlot Trail. Walking this scenic .3 mile trail will give you the opportunity to enjoy one of the natural areas of Oxon Cove Park. The wooded areas along the river are like seeing a blanket over the land, the top of which receives the full impact of the wind, rain, and sun. Trees such as the maple, beech, black cherry, oak and pine make up this canopy of Woodlot, and numerous other smaller trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and wildflowers make up its understory.

As you walk along this trail you can find evidence of how humans have influenced natural process. For hundreds of years, people have used this land. Since before 1800 the land was cleared and farmed. From early 1900's to mid-1960's, St Elizabeth's Hospital used the land for farming. Natural forces such as erosion and human activities will continue the change the land in the future as well. Look for old pasture fences, markings in trees, and other signs of the past as you walk the trail. The Woodlot also provides habitat that supports a variety of wildlife including foxes, squirrels, beavers, deer, ducks, wild turkey, raptors, and a diversity of songbirds.

Please help preserve this natural area for others to enjoy by staying on the trail and follow the bright yellow painted trail markers found on the trees. Sturdy walking shoes are desirable for walking the Woodlot Trail. The steps and pitch of the slopes make the trail too rough for strollers and wheelchairs.

Did You Know?

OXCO 1891

In 1891, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, acquired the Oxon Cove Park Property, to establish a farm where patients, removed from the confines of a hospital setting, could benefit from fresh air and outdoor work at this new "farm colony." This hospital farm was called Godding Croft.