Plants of Loch Raven Reservoir – Warren Road

This large reservoir watershed in Baltimore County has quality deciduous forest and has been home to diverse plant communities including umbrella magnolia. We will focus on an area west of Warren Road. This is an exploratory trip to see what herbaceous and woody plants we can find.


This walk is jointly sponsored by the Natural History Society of Maryland and the Maryland Native Plant Society. Dwight and Kirsten Johnson, and Geoffrery Hoesch will be leading the walk.

Cancel for heavy rain, not for light drizzle. If in doubt, call.

Directions: PARKING IS LIMITED AT THE SITE. We will carpool from the Warren Rd Light Rail parking lot. From Baltimore on I-83 North, exit at Warren Rd, get into the left lane, and follow Warren Rd east for very short distance. The light rail station is on the left just before Beaver Dam Rd. Park in the lot to the right. On a Sunday morning we should have no trouble finding each other, but if in doubt, call. NOTE: there is no exit onto Warren Rd coming from the north on I-83 South.


Contact: dwightmjohnson at comcast.net,[masked] (Dwight cell phone)

Bring: Water. Field guides and hand lenses if you have them. Lunch or snacks if you wish. Dress appropriately. We may go off trail, and we could encounter poison ivy, brambles and ticks.


Cost: None

Registration: Required. Limited to 10 people.

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  • Kirsten J.

    Be sure to take a look at Geoff's website: lochraventrails.com.

    2 · July 9, 2013

  • Theresa

    The day was fun and educational. It was peaceful walking in the woods and finding many new plants to research. I must remember to study my fern id sheet before the next outing.

    2 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was nice meeting everyone. I enjoyed refreshing my id skills and learning some new plants. And I finally got to see beech drops!

    July 8, 2013

  • Tatyana

    Nice showed forest to walk in extreme heat with super friendly people!

    July 8, 2013

  • Kirsten J.

    Yes we had a lot of fun - and my list show 80 plant species ID'd! We'll definitely return to this area in later seasons, and get Geoff's advice on other interesting trails in this watershed whose health is so important to Baltimore. Our plant list will be posted on the Maryland Native Plant Society website, mdflora.org.

    July 7, 2013

  • Amy Y.

    Thanks everyone for braving the heat and joining us for this great plant walk. At a quick glance, I'm going to guess we saw at least 50 species today. Some unusual for MD (Umbrella magnolia), and some large patches of invasives (Japanese knotweed). We were able to make comparisons (wood nettle vs false nettle). We also saw plants (bloodroot) that suggest we should come back for a spring ephemeral walk. Special thanks to Dwight and Kirsten Johnson from Maryland Native Plant Society, and Geoffrey Hoesch (www.lochraventrails.com) for leading today's walk.

    July 7, 2013

  • Tiffany L.

    I'll be there tomorrow! Finally!! I'm so excited!

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be attending. I'm excited to refresh my identification skills.

    July 6, 2013

  • Amy Y.

    Hi Tatyana, We will be meeting at the "Warren Road Light Rail parking lot", which is near Cockeysville. Take Exit 18 (Warren Rd) from I83-N, and soon after you exit you will make a left into the light rail station. From the satellite image on Google maps it looks like there are two connected parking lots and we will meet in the parking lot you first pull into. Again, parking lot is on the left side of road. Just look for the large group of hikers! As for poison ivy, you want to remove the oils within hours of being exposed. I use Tecnu, a product you can often find in the first aid section of stores. Looking forward to meeting you. Hope this helps.

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Tatyana

      Thanks, works very well!

      July 6, 2013

  • Tatyana

    Hi, Since we don't have direct adress, i would appreciate some direction comments.
    Do we meet at "Warren Road, Cockeysville, Baltimore, MD"? Or I found another Warren road on the West.
    From I-83 being in left lane, we watch for light rail station but parking lot is on the right? Or left line for turning to Warren road only?
    Looking forward to learn these plants.
    What is helpful if touch Poison Ivy? i am Russian girl, and we don't have it there...

    Thank you very much in advance,
    Tatyana.

    July 5, 2013

  • Kirsten J.

    Since there has been so much interest in this field trip, both from NHSM and MNPS members, we will certainly schedule another trip, probably this fall. Meanwhile be sure to look at Geoff's website, lochraventrails.com.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Bob R.

    I hope to learn more about local plants from people more experienced.

    July 1, 2013

  • carl G.

    I am so sorry but I have to withdraw from this meetup so hopefully someone on the waiting list can take my place. If at all possible would someone be willing to post photos with identifiers? I was really looking forward to this.

    July 1, 2013

  • David H.

    Thanks, if it helps, my friend and I would be riding together as I am not currently driving.

    June 24, 2013

  • Amy Y.

    Hi David. We usually encourage people to bring guests. However we've had to limit the # of participants for this event because there is limited parking at the actual field site. I'd recommend checking back on this Meetup as the date approaches...we often have people change their RSVPs at the last minute. You should be able to change your RSVP to "+1 guest" if that is the case. If you did that now I'm not sure if it would automatically bump you to the Wait List (b/c the event is full). Hope this makes sense!

    June 23, 2013

  • David H.

    May I please bring my friend? if not, I understand.

    June 23, 2013

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