Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Area Plus Raptor Center! An Easy-Moderate 4.5 Mile Hike with Post Hike Meal!
Carroll County is not known as a hiking destination. But the quiet woods, the opportunity to see a fox or hawk hunting or a beaver plying the stream, and the stream bottomland all combine to make this an outing well worth traveling for! Also, there is a fantastic raptor center about 0.8 miles into the hike which houses birds of prey that are brought to the center following life-threatening injuries including a huge bald eagle!
A fine hike through surprisingly deep woods in a county park. There are views of Pars Ridge, the principal geologic feature of Carroll County, and passages through open meadows and cultivated fields. Watch for blue herons and other waterfowl from the boardwalk across tiny Lake Hashawha.
This hike will be led at an average hike pace.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Westminster
Length: 4.5 total miles
Elev. Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy side of moderate due to rolling hills
Trailhead Facilities: Water and restrooms are available at Bear branch Nature Center which will be open at the start time of our hike.
Local Contacts: Bear Branch Nature Center
Trail Notes for Leaders
We hike rain or shine! Click here to see an up to the minute forecast for where we will be hiking.
To carpool from the Baltimore area, meet people at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations please post your preferences 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 Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike
Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool Meetup time from Savage is 8:00 a.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!
Let's have good times and see you on the trail for this top rated Maryland trek!