May 19, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Centennial Park Walk and Talk!
Look for great blue herons, white cattle egrets and little green herons stalking minnows among the reeds. Swallows, turkey vultures and hawks soar overhead, and kingfishers dive into the lake for fish. In summer, turtles sun themselves on logs and rocks. Cottontail rabbits nibble on grass at dawn and dusk. Red fox have been known to visit. A beaver family is building a lodge in the Wildlife Area that is blocked by a buoy line to provide safe spawning for fish and nesting sites for birds. In warm months, look for colorful monarch and swallowtail butterflies and dragonflies among the wildflowers.
Nearby City: Columbia, MD
Length: 2.4 miles per loop - go as far as you want as many go two laps!
Vertical Up: 538 feet
Vertical Down: 499 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Very Easy and Newbie Friendly Social Hike
Duration: 45 min up to 1 hour = about one lap for the average walker
Trailhead Elev: 262 feet
Top Elev: 371 feet
Lowest Elev: 190 feet
We walk rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for this walk.
We walk counterclockwise (this is to the right if you are facing the lake), so if you are late you can start walking the other direction and hook up with us, or call me and we will let you know where we are.
Step Off Time is 6:30 p.m.
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Where We Meet for This Hike
FIDO is Welcome on This Hike!