The Little Known, Biodeverse and Wild Rachel Carson Area!
An Easy Side of Moderate 4 or 6 Miles!
This hidden gem is densely populated by numerous species of wildlife, high quality forest and features spectacular rock and massive boulder out-cropping throughout the park.
This area remains undeveloped for some of the best hiking trails around! The Hawlings River passes through the park and almost the entire hike is along this beautiful river where the temperature drops making this a fantastic hike for hot weather.
Rachel Carson offers 650 acres of undisturbed wooded parkland and trails surrounding the Hawlings River in upper Montgomery County.
We break down into groups no larger than 15 hikers per leader/sweep team for a more enjoyable experience for all of us and is better for the environment. Large groups really take away from the hiking experience. This also allows us to offer a variety of hike paces and for this particular hike you have 2 to choose from which allows us to be put together with those of a similar pace. The pace you select should be not based on only your preference, but also ability needs to be taken into consideration.
Pace Option 1: A "walk in the woods" or "social" pace which is great for those who want to soak up the nature and/or transitioning to longer hikes and will be about 2.0mph.
Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5-3.0 mph (most common pace).
PLEASE put your pace preference in your RSVP so we can plan accordingly!
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brookeville
Length: 4-6 miles of natural surface trails
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Modified Loop
Skill Level: Easy Side of Moderate
Amenities: This is a "conservation park," which means there are no bathrooms and no water available.
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any locations such as the DC area, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for where to meet for this hike.
Hike Meetup time is at 2:30 p.m.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido Is Welcome on This Hike!
Please take the hike leaders number with you just in case!
Mike: [masked] (Same Leader as the Hike at 9:30 This Morning in Patapsco)
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