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- Reconnecting People with the Natural World - for the Health of It -

Founded in 2007 by cybersecurity executive, Kellie Carlisle, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) aka Outdoors for Health was inspired by a passion for promoting and providing low-cost opportunities for people to get up and outside to connect with the natural world and enjoy the health benefits it provides. Today, the organization has grown to become a very active 23,000+ member strong 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html)dedicated to serving our mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) of providing education, awareness, and opportunities for people to experience the variety of health benefits provided by connecting with the outdoors, “just for the health of it!” Our organization has hosted over ~7000 events ranging from 2-mile newbie sneaker social hikes all the way up to 50+ mile one day fully supported hikes, educational/awareness offerings, paddle trips, and more. So no matter your preference, we should have something for you. We are a diverse organization filled with members who enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including - but not limited to hiking and educational opportunities related to the natural world. MAHG also promotes the importance of being good outdoor stewards through environmental awareness activities.

We enjoy exploring an incredible variety of locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) appreciates Mother Nature’s diversity and the diversity of people. ALL are welcome and encouraged to join. Whether you are a newbie or a very seasoned outdoor enthusiast, we are sure to have an event for you on our very active and varied calendar.

Our focus is on safety, camaraderie, and having a ton of fun while connecting with the natural world. So a sense of humor is a must with us!

*** WARNING! — Our Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/calendar/) is VERY Active ALL Four Seasons and Can be Beneficial to Your Health ***

Today’s fast-paced and technologically dominated society can take a toll on a person’s psychological, physical, and emotional well-being. Many people are trapped within an indoor and plugged-in lifestyle that can be overwhelming and very stressful. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group promotes reconnecting people with nature by providing plentiful and varied opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s activities are a healthy and fun way to relieve stress and “unplug” while enjoying the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Decrease stress - get fitter - get healthier, and get nature empowered, all while knowing you are supporting an important cause with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group.

Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/)for information about our current charitable initiatives and programs/studies serving our mission.

• Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers many opportunities to give back by helping with maintaining trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and hosting in addition to participating in other environmental stewardship and community building events and workshops. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers educational classes and certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and our own highly regarded Outdoor Leadership Certification program. Additionally, MAHG has an active outreach program to help with educating others regarding the many health benefits of hiking and the importance of taking care of our trails and our overall environment.

• Youth Education and Re-Connecting with the Natural World - We are currently preparing to expand our program that benefits under-represented and inner-city youth by combining connection with nature and education. Our solutions-based approach begins with a full immersion experience of hiking and other fun, unplugged and screen-less outdoor activities. We combine the activities while educating tomorrow's workers regarding the abundant employment opportunities the natural world offers in the booming field of green collar jobs. "For references and more, please visit our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides opportunities for increased confidence, self-esteem, and hope for a better tomorrow. Today's youth will be the earth's stewards of tomorrow, so it is imperative that they become familiar with the world outside of their screens."

Why Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html), when you hike with MAHG, you are also helping us with serving our mission to benefit the health of others! Every step you take with MAHG is also a step for recipients of our initiatives and programs. We bring people together to have fun and make friends while enjoying the many health benefits of the great outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. Hiking not only connects people with the natural world, but it also fosters an appreciation and respect for the environment and overall sense of community. Whether you are looking to lose weight, have never hiked a mile in your life, or are looking to rise to the challenge of hiking 30+ or miles in one day, we have a hike for you, all seasons. Remember, we were all newbies once, and we enjoy introducing others to hiking and other outdoor pursuits - in fact, it is a core part of our mission to reconnect people with the natural world.

Who Can Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — Simply put, you! Whether you are young, old, working, single, in a committed relationship, retired, laid off, shy, talkative, energetic, geeky, lazy, recovering from an injury, social, or a competitive hiker, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is for you. We do more than just embracing our diversity — we thrive on it!

When We Hike? — We do it in the morning, afternoon, after work, evening, darkest of night, every weekend day, and all year ‘round and average 10 times a week. Get your mind out of the gutter ‘cause we are talking about hiking, stewardship, and outdoor education here. Seasonally, we offer weekday day hikes in addition to our variety of after work hikes.

Where We Hike? — We hike throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond! We visit Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail almost every weekend. We strive to offer at least one easy, moderate, and strenuous hike within 60 miles of Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia each weekend day. MAHG hosts cookouts, white water floats, hike out/paddle backs, cave trips, natural water slides hikes, hikes to view frozen waterfalls, Appalachian Trail section hikes, camping trips, volunteer offerings, and last but certainly not least, our very popular Monuments in the Moonlight hikes.

How We Hike — Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a mission-driven (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) nonprofit charitable organization. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to learn about our mission, programs and initiatives, and our accomplishments! We are committed to connecting people with the natural world, community building, giving back/stewardship, and providing educational opportunities. MAHG is a well-established and highly regarding organization well known for its excellent camaraderie — all with safety in mind while emphasizing having fun out on the trails! We limit our hikes to small groups for the comfort and consideration of others and to better enjoy and respect the environment.

We have many partnerships. A sample of a few and how we work with them - as a partner with Leave No Trace (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9596032/Leave_No_Trace_Hiking/) (LNT), we practice, encourage, and educate others about the importance of practicing proper outdoor ethics and teach LNT certification courses several times every year. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is also proud to be a Gold level Alliance Member of the American Hiking Society (http://www.americanhiking.org/). MAHG participates in the "Adopt and Acre" program by adopting land in the Appalachian Mountains to support The Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides volunteer and trail maintenance opportunities and other community-building events throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic Region. Contact our office at 410.480.5000 or see our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org) for more information regarding our cause and our accomplishments, initiatives, partnerships, and programs.

Our leadership team consists of qualified, dedicated, and very appreciated volunteers who are some of the best in the region!

We hope to see you on the trail soon for great times while enjoying all the health benefits of connecting with the natural world - remember to bring your sense of humor (a must with us) and be prepared to have a ton of fun!

Kellie Carlisle - Founder, MAHGs Board of Directors, and the MAHG Volunteer Leadership Team

Upcoming events (5+)

Wednesday Dayhike at Savage Mill Park! A Moderate 4.2 Miles (07/24)

Savage Park: Wincopin Area Trails (After Work Version) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy-Side-of-Mod 2 or Moderate 4.2 Mi

$3.00

Hike in Historic Savage Park! A Moderate 4.2 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal for Continued Camaraderie This route provides a beautiful trek along the Middle Patuxent River to its confluence with the Little Patuxent River. Much of our hike plan takes us along trails that are right up next to the stream. Within minutes of setting off, you will be transported from one of the most densely populated suburbs in America to a lovely and peaceful woodland along two former mill streams. The first segment is along a trail leading through beech, oak, and pine trees before confronting the rapids-filled Patuxent River. Very thick woods, beech, oak, and poplar crowd either side of this beautiful trail. Trail Information Nearby City: Old Historic Savage Area Length: Easy to Moderate 4.2 Miles Elev. Gain: Rolling hills with a couple of steep climbs, but we will stop to rest as necessary because we are all about the camaraderie. Trail Type: Figure-8 Loop Scenery: Middle Patuxent and Little Patuxent Rivers, granite quarry and other historic sites. Exposure: Mostly shade Trail Surface: Packed dirt with several sections well mulched. Skill Level: Moderate. Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/md/savage) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. (Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location. DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location. If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride! Optional Post Hike Meal and Camaraderie! We will have optional post-hike meal at nearby Rams Head Tavern (8600 Foundry St., Savage, Maryland 20763) Telephone:[masked]. Click Here (https://ramsheadtavernsavage.com) to view the restaurant's menu and additional information. Additional Points of Interest Nearby Time should be saved to explore nearby Savage Mill (pictured above and also where the optional lunch is so if you join us for lunch you will see it anyway-grin). Nine buildings remain, dating back to 1820. In 1974, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take note that our post-hike meal restaurant is located in Savage Mill, pictured above, and is a destination within itself. If you enjoy shopping at an artsy type of mall or enjoy antiquing, consider planning on spending some time after lunch perusing the unique shops and galleries. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/savage-park---savage-mill.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike. Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:15-9:25 a.m. The Hike is at 9:30 a.m. Carpool Time from Vienna Metro — 8:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 8:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Mary:[masked] • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

Rock Creek Wednesday After Work Hike in the Central and Southern Areas (07/24)

Rock Creek Park (After Work-Weekday Version) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 4-6 Miles

$3.00

Rock Creek Park Wednesday — Featuring the Beautiful and Uniquely Different Central and Southern Regions! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 4-6 Mile After Work Hike! We Will Hike Slightly Different Routes Each Week to Explore Rock Creek Park’s Diverse Southern and Central Sections Come out and receive an after work restorative dose of outdoor activity, plus a sampling of the parks natural charms! Rock Creek Park forms a big wedge that follows its namesake creek from Washington’s northern apex down to the creek’s mouth on the Potomac River. Washington, DC, has long been called the City of Trees. Despite a net tree-cover loss of roughly 60 percent since 1980, the name still aptly applies, and the parks remain mostly wooded. This park, especially its southern section, celebrates the District’s arboreal heritage. The park’s central section features a rocky and superbly scenic creek valley while the southern region is more arboreal in nature. Most of the trees are deciduous, such as oaks, hickories, maples, dogwoods, and sycamores. Hikers will also find more exotic varieties along the way, with wildflowers and birds adding further color and interest to the trailside parklands. Administratively, the parklands are all part of the National Park Service’s Rock Creek Park. However, the area is divided into four distinct and separate units and regions; Melvin Hazen, Glover-Archbold, Whitehaven, and Dumbarton Oaks Parks. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Washington, DC Scenery: Gently rolling woodlands, rocky creek, and seasonally, magnificent fall foliage. Length: 4-6 total miles Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in the wintertime Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate and ideal for those wanting to transition from Easy-to-Moderate level hiking. Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or stony dirt; some pavement, grass; rocky, rooty in places. Season: Year-round Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Note and Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:20001.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/rock-creek---peirce-mill.html) to Where We Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m. The Hike is at 6:00 p.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) to lead hikes for MAHG. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let’s have fun out on the trails! Lauren: ‭[masked]‬ • Please Click Here (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Chip-In to Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission.

Thurs. After Work DC Hike Series (Hike 8): White House Area! Easy 4 Mi (07/25)

Hike DC Series: Hike 08: The White House Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Mile Sneaker Hike

$3.00

Hike DC Series (Hike 8): The White House Area! An Easy and Flat 4-Mile Social Hike (Begins and Terminates at the Same Metro Stop) There many ways to see cities, but for anyone desiring a sense of the history and the character of an urban place, the city is best seen on foot." Though Washington D.C. is only 220 years old, it has a remarkable number of historic buildings, lands, and residences. Our White House hike passes around the White House and other interesting sites in the vicinity. Park Entry Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace This hike will be led at ~2.5 mph. This pace is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker and is not a fast, but rather social and nature enjoyment pace (but not a stroll as it is a hike). We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes led at different paces so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and/or ability. Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Farragut_Square/) to Where We Meet for This Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m. Hike Time is at 6:00 p.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and Donations ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! Let's have great times and see you there! Be sure to take the hike leader(s) numbers listed below with you just in case you have any trouble locating us at the meetup location. Toby:[masked] • Click Here Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group in Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Serving our Mission.

Great Falls: Billy Goat ‘A’ & Gold Mine! Moderate 3.5- or Strenuous 5-Mile Hike

C&O Canal Ntl Historical Park: Gold Mine and Billy Goat ‘A’ with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Mod 3.5 or Easy-Side-Stren 5 Miles

$5.00

C&O Canal National Historical Park "Something for Everyone" Hike -- Featuring the Gold Mine Area Trails with Optional Billy Goat Trail Section ‘A’! Your Choice of a Moderate 3.5-Mile Hike with Optional 1.7-Mile Add-On to Enjoy Rock Scrambling Section 'A' of the Infamous Billy Goat Trail for An Easy-Side-of-Strenuous 5 Total Miles This hike has something for everyone! Our hike plan includes an optional rock scramble along the infamous Billy Goat Trail (Section ‘A’), so come on out and climb the boulders — OR — opt out of the rock scrambling and join us for the first 3.5 miles of this hike for a moderate trek over the mostly gentle terrain. The first part of our hike plan takes us into the woods above the C&O Canal to explore some of the gold mining works that date from the Civil War to near the mid-20th century. Watch for mounds of dirt, some a couple of feet high, deposited by Appalachian mound-building ants. Beyond the abandoned gold mines, the trail joins the bed of an old trolley line that brought visitors from DC to the falls. Next, we head to Olmsted Island, which affords fine views of the magnificent Great Falls! For those who are joining us for the easier 3.5-mile version of this hike, this is where your group continues back to where the cars are parked and enjoy some fantastic views of the river along the way back to where the hike began. For those of you who are up for the challenge of the rock scrambles, it is on to the formidable rough and optional Section ‘A’ of the Billy Goat Trail that will bring the hikes total mileage to about 5 miles. Distance Options The Billy Goat ‘A’ section (the rock scrambling portion of today's hike) of this hike is optional. This way, those who are either not interested or able to enjoy the optional challenging rock scramble can enjoy a moderate hike of 3.5 miles. If you join us for the Billy Goat section of this hike it will be a total of 5 miles and the Billy Goat portion is considered more challenging because it requires scrambling over boulders -- however, it certainly is tons of fun! What is Rock Scrambling? What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts, we call it rock scrambling and it rocks (pun intended-grin) Please note that this is not rock climbing and no special gear is necessary for scrambling. Additionally, the scramble is only a portion of the hike. Please contact the leader(s) or myself, with any questions for this hike at the numbers below with any questions or concerns you might have as that is part of what we are here for. Remember there was a first time each of us, so if you are up to the challenge, we welcome you to RSVP and look forward to seeing you there for this adventure! What is the Billy Goat Trails and What is the Difference Between the Sections (‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’’)? The Billy Goat Trails have been popular with hikers since the mid-1800s. Comprised of three separate trails, all accessible from the towpath, and designated as Sections “A”, “B”, and “C”, the Billy Goat Trails offer beautiful views of the Potomac River. Please choose the appropriate trail by its difficulty level as we offer Billy Goat Trail hikes frequently and are sure to mix and match the three sections (our hikes vary from offering only one or all the sections), so there is a Billy Goat combination for everyone! Section “A” (This Section is Part of Todays Hike Plan) is strenuous and involves a lot of rock scrambling and the need for good balance. With its difficult terrain, the 1.7-mile hike, while short, is much more challenging than other trails of the same distance. Hikers in less than optimal health or those not experienced or properly outfitted, should consider other trail hiking options. Dogs are not permitted on this section of Billy Goat. Section “B” (NOT Part on Todays Hike - Included for Informational Purposes) is a moderate hike. Located downstream from section ‘A’, in the Marsden Tract area. This section contains fewer and smaller rock scrambles and provides a quieter atmosphere. Section “C” (NOT Part on Todays Hike - Included for Informational Purposes) is more like a “regular” hike in our area. Although there are still a few rock outcroppings, most of the trail is wooded (a great section for when it is hotter outside). This section is downstream from “A” and “B,” in the Carderock area of the park. Special Note About Bear Island Section “A,” part of today's hike, traverses one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country, Bear Island. Topography, geography, and regular flood events have created some of the rarest and most sensitive habitats. Because of this, the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy jointly own and manage Bear Island. Please lessen your impact by remaining on the blazed trail and staying off the island when the trail is closed. This will help preserve the uniqueness of the island and the trail for future generations of hikers. Trail Information Nearby City: Potomac, MD Scenery: Mathers Gorge and Great Falls from the Maryland Side Distance: Gold Mine portion of hike = 3..5 miles. If you opt to join us for the Billy Goat Section ‘A’ (rock scrambling) = ~5 total miles. Elevation Gain: 3.5 mile option = approx. 400ft, ~5 total mile option = approx. 450ft Difficulty: Gold Mine Area Trails = Moderate. Billy Goat Section ‘A’ (Rock Scrambling) = Easy-Side-of-Strenuous. Hike Type: Modified circuit Park Fee There is no park entrance fee. Gear Suggestions Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USMD0325?lswe=Potomac,%20MD&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Our RSVP and Group Etiquette Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette. Carpool Suggestions and Information Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings. Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location. DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gfp---old-anglers-inn.html) for Where we Meet for this Hike Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:15 a.m. Carpool Time from Annapolis — 8:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). NOTE: While Fido IS Welcome to Join in the Fun for the First Segment of this Hike, "The Gold Mine Area Trails - An Easy Side of Moderate 3.5 Miles". Fido is NOT Welcome, However, for the Optional Second Section of this Hike, "Billy Goat Trail 'A,' Per Park Policy. Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! 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Hike & Opt Swim at Gunpowder State Park: Wildlands Area! Easy-Side-of-Mod 5 Mi

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