Piscataway Park

Piscataway Park (http://www.nps.gov/pisc/index.htm), located along the Potomac River on the Maryland side, was created to protect the view from Mount Vernon across the Potomac. Within the park is the National Colonial Farm, a living history museum that depicts a Maryland middle-class family farm on the eve of the American Revolution. We'll hike the trails that wind through meadows, woods, wetlands, a native tree arboretum, and the Ecosystem Farm maintained by the Accokeek Foundation (http://accokeekfoundation.org/) .  

(Optional: picnic at the park and take the 1 PM tour of the colonial farm.)

Distance: 4 miles (level, paved and unpaved) 

Dogs: Allowed, leashed

Leader: Ken Meyercord, (571)[masked]

Directions: From the beltway in Maryland, take exit 3 to Indian Head Highway (MD Route 210 South) and go approximately 9.2 miles. After you pass Farmington Road, take a right at the next stop light onto Livingston Road (look for B&J Carryout). Drive one block and turn right on Biddle Road. At the stop sign, turn left on Bryan Point Road and follow 3.5 miles to the end. 

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  • Linda H.

    Great hike with a fun group. Thanks.

    March 12, 2014

  • Robin T.

    Had a great time.

    March 10, 2014

  • Ken

    With regard to the debate my remarks over the demise of the American chestnut provoked, here's something from Wikipedia: Once an important hardwood timber tree, the American chestnut is highly susceptible to chestnut blight, caused by an Asian bark fungus accidentally introduced into North America on imported Asiatic chestnut trees. While Chinese chestnut evolved with the blight and developed a strong resistance, the American chestnut had little resistance and in a few decades killed up to three billion American chestnut trees. New shoots often sprout from the roots when the main stem dies; however, the stump sprouts rarely reach more than 20 ft in height before blight infection returns. The number of large surviving over 24 in. in diameter within the tree's former range is probably fewer than 100. At present, it is believed that survival of C. dentata for more than a decade in its native range is almost impossible. So, if you see a chestnut tree, it's probably Chinese or European!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Teresa

    A lovely, off the beaten path National park. I loved the hike, mud and all, but stopping a few times would have given everyone a chance to take in all the beauty along the way.

    March 9, 2014

  • Pat B.

    Had a wonderful time (should take one star off for that mud!). I have uploaded my pictures....what an amazing bird and wildlife area....I am definitely going to return. And, thanks, Ken, for my lovely Guatemalan bowl!!

    2 · March 8, 2014

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