At a Glance

Hours: Dusk to dusk, all year. Active hunting during season except Sunday.

Cost: Free.

Tips: No restrooms. This is a hunting area. Be aware of hunting seasons and plan your visit accordingly.

Best Seasons: Fall, after harvest; winter; early spring before planting.

Local MOS Chapters: Patuxent Bird Club

Milltown Landing Wildlife Management Area

17700 Milltown Landing Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613
(301) 743-5161

Milltown Landing Wildlife Management Area (WMA), operated by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, is one of several WMA’s along the Prince George’s County side of the Patuxent River. A tobacco farm during colonial times and up until the 1960s, the WMA is still managed as a farm under lease to a local operator. First-time visitors may be disappointed by the lack of habitat in spring, since soybeans and corn predominate the acreage, but the hedgerows and shrubby areas are often thick with migrant songbirds, and the Patuxent River hosts waterfowl. It is an easy walk all the way to the river from the parking area, using the continuation of Milltown Landing Road inside the WMA, where it becomes a gravel and dirt lane that passes some picturesque old tobacco barns on the way to the river. Be sure to walk the trail leading north from the gravel/dirt lane, a little past the residence. Migrant warblers may be seen spring and fall, and Eastern Screech-Owls heard near dusk and dawn.

Birdlife:

Over 165 species have been reported on eBird from Milltown Landing. During fall migration and winter, the hedgerows can harbor a diversity of sparrows, including White-crowned, Vesper, American Tree, and Savannah. Rarities sometimes occur. An active Great Blue Heron colony occupies the marshy area on the south side of the WMA. Short-eared Owls may hunt the fields in late fall/winter; Barn Owls may fly out of the old barns.

Parking:

On site; at end of Milltown Landing Road, bear right down a grassy lane before gate.

Special Features:

Milltown Landing WMA is one of the sites on the Patuxent Water Trail. ◾ The local chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society is the Patuxent Bird Club, which offers field trips and meetings with informative programs, all free and open to the public.

Directions:

From US Route 301 at MD Route 4 near Upper Marlboro, proceed south 4 miles and turn left (east) onto MD Route 382/Croom Rd at light. Continue south on Croom Road for 14 miles, past Candy Hill Road, River Airport Road, and White’s Ferry Rd’s, then turn left (east) onto Milltown Landing Road. Proceed to end, disregarding the “No Trespassing” signs. However, there are private residences near the WMA gate, so be respectful of private property.

Nearby Sites:

Merkle NRMA; Patuxent River Park-Jug Bay Natural Area; Patuxent River Park-Mount Calvert Historical Site.

Habitats:

Bottomland DeciduousConifersHedgerowsUpland Deciduous Agricultural Crop Fields or Fallow FieldsOld Fields, Shrubby Meadows Forested SwampFreshwater Marsh or FloodplainMud Flats (Tidal or Non-Tidal)Rivers & Streams

Features:

FishingFree - No Entry FeeHiking/Walking TrailsHuntingLake, Pond, Bay, River, OceanNative Plant Garden or Meadow/Pollinator PlantsParkingPets Allowed

Type:

Hunting AreasThe Rivers of the Western ShoreWater Trails