One of Maryland’s most beautiful parks, Rocky Gap State Park makes for some great winter hiking—when leaves and people are at a minimum. We’ll get fabulous valley (Pleasant Valley), mountain (Martin Mountain), canyon (Rocky Gap), and lake (Lake Habeeb) views, and visit historic sites (Evitt’s homesite, Mason-Dixon marker). Our hike will be 7-9 miles (depending) with about 3000 feet of elevation change (3 blisters) on otherwise easy trails.
To carpool, meet at 9:30 am at the Shady Grove Metro Kiss & Ride (east side, where the garages are; http://tinyurl.com/ahu9suv). Bring a couple of quarts of water and a bag lunch. For the lucky ones that choose to do so, we’ll have an early dinner at a Frederick microbrewery on the way back.