Three Notch Trail Phase VI Set to Open July 1

June 30, 2016

Three Notch TrailWith planning, design and construction work complete, Phase VI of the Three Notch Trail is set for a “soft opening” on Friday, July 1.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the new five-mile section of the trail is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. behind Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville.

The new section runs from MD Route 236 in New Market south to MD Route 5 in Mechanicsville. This long-awaited segment connects completed sections in Charlotte Hall to Mechanicsville. This provides a continuous eleven-mile trail in the northern area of the county. Trail users should be aware of all trail signage, pavement markings, the new hazard identification beacon on MD Route 5, and new push-button, rapid flash beacon on Mechanicsville Road.

“Developing the County’s railroad right-of-way into a hiking/biking trail continues to provide numerous benefits to local citizens and tourists,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We are very thankful to have several partners who helped pay for this project and worked with us to make this important phase of trail a reality.”

The project was made possible by money from the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County; Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration contribution from the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) of $1.7; MDOT’s Maryland Bikeways Program; SHA’s Recreational Trails Program; Maryland’s Program Open Space; and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

Parking for the ribbon cutting ceremony will be available at Immaculate Conception Church located at 28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville.

For more information on the Three Notch Trail, contact the Department of Recreation and Parks at 301-475-4200 ext. *1811 or go to and click on parks and facilities.

10 Responses to Three Notch Trail Phase VI Set to Open July 1

  1. James on June 30, 2016 at 4:47 am

    They put a push button on Mechanicsville Road, but not on Route 5? It’s only going to be a matter of time until someone is hit by a car because they think someone will actually stop while they are in a crosswalk. This section of the trail has been long dreaded by the land owners that the railroad tracks border.

    • Anonymous on July 5, 2016 at 5:31 am

      This county is full of maniacal drivers checking their face book status behind the wheel. I rode the trail last week and while the crossings are tricky it’s much better to have a safe place to ride away from the roads. It took longer than expected but I applaud the completion of the trail and look forward to the next section.

      As for the landowners who have a problem with it, get over it. It’s called progress.

      • James on July 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

        Where do you live? Let me put a trail right along your property line so that you can deal with the trash and people coming onto your property. Some of us like the county the way it was and don’t want the progress. Look at Waldorf. They wanted progress, now look at it. If you want to be like DC or another “cultural” icon, then go live there. There is a reason why we live here and that is so that we don’t have to deal with that crap.

        • Anonymous on July 6, 2016 at 2:48 am

          I live in an isolated area as well that just happens to be next to a county park/boat ramp. Not ideal, but I have to deal with it. I would actually enjoy being next to the bike trail. The point is you don’t own the land the trail was built on and none of us get to have the county to ourselves. The county will never be “the way it was” no matter when you were born.

          Several adjacent landowners whined about the Indian head bike trail in Charles county as well but that trail is enjoyed by thousands.

          A bike trail does not lead to a new Waldorf. We all know what causes that mess.

          • Roger on July 6, 2016 at 6:33 pm

            It’s true that we don’t own the land that has been “converted,” but we weren’t given the opportunity to stop it either. The county had town hall meetings before this section was constructed but the overall project was long ago decided without the taxpayers being consulted. This county is full of public use areas that are not currently maintained, but the county has decided to add more to its plate to maintain? That does not make sense.

  2. Anonymous on June 30, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Only $1.70? What a deal!

  3. Stad on June 30, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I was excited about this as it ran along my property. Not so much anymore. ALL the trees have been removed, privacy is gone and people are already leaving trash on the trail. A few have cut through my property too. Time for a privacy fence and no trespassing signs. :(

    • James on July 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Hmmm, wasn’t the county supposed to put trees back to help maintain privacy? Why should you have to pay for a fence? We are in the same boat as you Stad. All the people that are for ithe trail and putting the property owners down, should allow the county to build a trail bordering their property to see how they like it.

  4. J. Whittington on June 30, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you for completing the trail! Many citizens use it to get healthier, including myself and the friend I walk with. One request though. We really need a little more time added to the crossing light at McKays. We have to run to get across in time and not everyone is able to run. Thanks to all who paid for the nature trail, including the taxpayers. It really is wonderful!!

  5. Melanie Quade on June 30, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    My concern is that there is a special needs child that lives off of Baptist Church Road. I witness for myself the boy crossing the street I slowed down and stopped I had cars going around me and not slowing down this boy could have been hit. There needs to be some sort of flashing lights or ridges in the road to warn drivers that there is pedestrians crossing ahead. More than the little sign and paint on the road. Thanks