Jubal Early's March on Washington & Northern Rock Creek Park Hike-RESCHEDULED

(Postponed one day from May 18.) Here's an unusual loop hike that highlights some of DC's most interesting history, both man-made and natural. Starting from the Silver Spring Metro, we'll first follow in the footsteps of Confederate General Jubal Early's March on Washington in July 1864.  We'll pass the site of the original Silver Spring (the home of Unionist stalwart Francis Preston Blair that Early used as his headquarters), and then head down Georgia Avenue, just as Early's Confederates did, towards the Union stronghold at Fort Stevens. We'll see the Southern front lines at the old Walter Reed site, Battleground National Cemetery, and the reconstructed Fort Stevens itself, where President Lincoln was nearly killed by a Rebel sharpshooter. Then we'll head due west into Rock Creek Park, enjoying lunch somewhere near the Miller Cabin.  Our return route to Silver Spring will be mostly along the Park's Valley Trail.  Total length of this moderate circuit hike should not exceed 7 miles, with some hilly or rocky stretches in the Park.  Bring beverages, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen and the $2 trip fee. Meet at 9 a.m. inside the Silver Spring Metro by the station attendant's kiosk.

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  • Steve

    Thank you Craig for a wonderful narrative of local area history. I particularly enjoyed Fort Stevens and your personal stories. It was great to meet everyone!

    May 19, 2013

  • Craig H.

    The weather was kind of icky for mid-May, but at least none of the predicted showers hit us and temperatures were mild. The seven other Adventurers got more than they bargained for as I interlaced tales from the Civil War with lots of my own personal history growing up in the Silver Spring/Fort Stevens area. Interpretive stops included Acorn Park (site of the original Silver Spring), Jesup Blair Park (where I spent my summer days as a kid), the scene of the DC Snipers' only murder in DC itself, the old Walter Reed grounds, Battleground Cemetery, and Fort Stevens itself. A couple of our crew bailed out as we headed into Rock Creek Park to lunch at the Miller Cabin. Our trek up Rock Creek Park was delightful since none of us had ever been on that scenic stretch of the Valley Trail before. We returned to Silver Spring Metro just before 2, on schedule.

    May 19, 2013

  • Amy S.

    great history, great hiking and walking, and great company. thanks all.

    May 19, 2013

  • Damon M.

    As usual, an impressive history lesson from the one and only Craig.

    May 19, 2013

  • Alphonse D.

    May bring the fiance and pup if possible.

    May 19, 2013

  • Steve

    I live in SS so will be just outside of the METRO station

    May 18, 2013

  • Craig H.

    Weather forecast continues to say that most showers tomorrow should hold off until after 2 p.m., by which time we should be finished. Certainly bring an umbrella or other raingear. Temperatures should be in the 60s.

    If you're coming to Silver Spring by Metro, allow plenty of time. Much of the Red Line will have service only every 24 minutes all weekend long.

    Bring your lunch and drinks with you. There will be no Sheetz pit stop.

    If you are late (I won't leave before 9:10), you can catch up to us by walking down Colesville Road to the first light at East-West Highway/Route 410 and turning left to head east. Our first stop for a talk will be at Acorn Park at East-West Highway and Newall Avenue, less than half a mile from Colesville Road. After that we'll continue down East West Highway to its intersection with Georgia Avenue, where we'll cross GA and turn right to head south on Georgia a couple of blocks to Jesup Blair Park, our second talking stop.

    May 18, 2013

  • Damon M.

    "I love the rain."

    May 18, 2013

  • Glenn E.

    Other plans on Sunday. Have fun!

    May 13, 2013

  • Amy S.

    look it starts in Maryland!!!!

    May 7, 2013

  • Alphonse D.

    May bring the fiance and pup if possible.

    May 7, 2013

  • Ralph F.

    Looking forward to a little history lesson, and with friends, a nice hike, what else could you ask for..

    May 7, 2013

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