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

Founded in 2007 by IT 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, our 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 spending time outdoors, “just for the health of it!” Our organization has hosted over ~6000 events ranging from 2-mile newbie sneaker social hikes all the way up to 50+ mile one day fully supported hikes, and educational/awareness offerings, paddle trips, and more. So no matter your preference, we 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 people 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 is 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 20 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+)

Riverbend Park, Great Falls & Difficult Run! An Easy 5.3 or Moderate 9.5 Miles

Riverbend Park, Great Falls National Park, & Difficult Run Stream with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy 5.3 or Mod. 9.5 Miles

$5.00

Holiday Hike in Riverbend Park, Great Falls Park, and Scenic Trails Along Difficult Run Stream! Hiker's Choice of An Easy 5.3-Mile or A Moderate 9.5-Mile Hike with Optional Post Hike Meal This hike is a two-park, 9.5-mile trek with an optional bailout at the 5.3-mile point for those wanting a shorter version. This hike leads through the uplands, to Great Falls, along the gorge, and onto the floodplain. You’ll experience the assorted scenery, impressive vistas, and about 2,200 feet of elevation change this route provides. Only about 15 miles from downtown Washington, the Great Falls area is probably the metro area’s finest close-in natural attraction. Tucked away in a remote river setting, Riverbend Park has over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. There, the broad and smooth Potomac River suddenly tumbles almost 80 feet in a series of rapids and then squeezes through a narrow, mile-long, and sheer-walled gorge. National Park Service lands protect both banks and provide riveting views of nature at work. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: McLean, VA Length: Your Choice of Either an Easy 5.3 or a Moderate 9.5 total miles Configuration: Modified loop Scenery: Wooded uplands, river vistas, waterfalls, historic remains Exposure: Shady Trail Surface: Mostly dirt; some pavement, gravel; very rocky in places with one steep hill. Elev. Gain: 2200 feet Skill Level: Your Choice of either an Easy 5.3 Mile or a Moderate 9.5 total miles. Facilities: Facilities include a visitor center at both Riverbend and Great Falls parks. Seasonal concessions and snack bar, gift shop, exhibits and riverside picnic areas. Additional toilets and water located at the Matildaville trailhead area in Great Falls Park. Maps: USGS Rockville, Seneca, Vienna, Falls Church; ATC Map D; ADC Northern VA. Park Hours: Riverbend Park: Open from 7 am to dusk, hours posted. Gates are locked at closing time. Great Falls Park: Great Falls Park is open daily from 7 a.m. until dark. Visitor Center Hours: Riverbend Park: Weekdays: Visitor Center 9-5 and closed Tuesdays.Weekends: Visitor Center 12-5. Winter Visitor Center Hours (December, January, February)-Weekdays: Visitor Center 11-4 closed Tuesdays. Weekends: Visitor Center 11-4. Great Falls Park: The Great Falls Visitor Center and bookstore are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Park Fee There is no park fee for this hike. 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, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.findlocalweather.com/pinpoint/us/va/riverbend+park/current38805.html) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5 mph (pace of an average hiker). 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. 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 locations 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/or 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. If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular area, 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! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/riverbend-visitor-center.html) to 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 — 8:00 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported non-profit charitable 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! Christa:[masked] • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Lend a Helping Hand to Support Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, a Volunteer Supported Non-Profit Charity, with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • 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 (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group ARE TAX DEDUCTABLE: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.

Memorial Day in Rock Creek Park: Lake Frank & Lake Needwood! A Moderate 9 Miles

Rock Creek Regional Park: Lake Frank and Lake Needwood Area with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 9 Mile Hike

$5.00

Memorial Day Hike in Rock Creek Regional Park — Featuring Lake Frank and Lake Needwood! A Moderate 9-Mile Hike Rock Creek Regional Park covers approximately 1800 acres and includes the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood and the picturesque 55-acre Lake Frank. Visitors can enjoy the park by meandering along 13 miles (we will be enjoying 9 of those miles on today's hike) of trails through woodlands and along the lakeshores, picnicking, fishing, boating and viewing many species of resident wildlife. Attractions include a pioneer homestead, a covered bridge, mill ruins and a raptor aviary. Lake Frank's secluded location within Rock Creek Regional Park is another of its assets. The Lake Frank and Meadowside Trails surround the lake. Area locals enjoy fishing from the shoreline. The trail for our hike plan leading around Lake Frank is mostly unpaved and traverses through the woods surrounding the lake. The other segment of the trail is wider and paved. At the approximate half-way point of the trail, there is a small creek to cross using a group of rocks which form a bridge-like path across. Lake Needwood is also part of Rock Creek Regional Park. Like neighboring Lake Frank, fishing is also permitted. Other park features include hiking trails, a visitors center, and even an archery range. You can rent pedal boats, rowboats, and canoes, and even a flat-bottom pontoon boat, the Needwood Queen, in season. Trail Information Activity Type: Hiking Nearby City: Derwood, MD Length: 9 miles Scenery: Woods and Lake views Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in wintertime Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: Two loops Skill Level: Moderate Trail Surface: Mostly dirt; some pavement; two stream crossings. Season: Year-round Local Maps: USGS Rock Creek Regional Park Topo. Map: Lake Needwood & Lake Frank Topographic Map Facilities: Toilets and water at the Lake Frank Meadowside Nature Center and at Lake Needwood. Trail Notes for Leaders (http://www.midatlantichiking.com/pages/Trail_Notes_for_Rock_Creek_Reg_Park_Frank_Needwood/) Park Fee There is no park fee for this hike. 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, snow or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/right-now/USMD0347) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking. Hike Pace This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5 mph (pace of an average hiker). 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. 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 locations 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/or 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. 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! Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/lake-frank.html) to 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 meetup time from Savage Station — 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). A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike! See you there and let's have good times… Mike: • Click Here to Chip In 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.

Memorial Day Hike at Savage Mill Park! A Moderate 7 Miles

Savage Mill Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Strong Moderate 7 Miles

$5.00

Memorial Day Hike in Historic Savage Park! A Moderate 7 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: Very Moderate 7 Total 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 River; Savage Mill 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 — 8:45-8:55 a.m. The Hike is at 9:00 a.m. Carpool Time from Vienna Metro — 7:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:30 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! Bill:[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.

Holiday Harper's Ferry Tri-State Hike! A Strenuous 13-Miles & Lunch from a Vista

Harper’s Ferry: Tri-State (VA, WV, MD) Loudon Heights and Maryland Heights with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Strenuous 13 Miles

$5.00

Harper’s Ferry “Tri-State" Hike! A Strenuous 13 Miles with Lunch from an Overlook of Harper's Ferry Our hike plan includes multiple views of Harper's Ferry from both sides of the Potomac River and is a very scenic hike! Beginning in Loudon Heights, Va., take on a 1200-ft climb that earns us multiple spectacular views. We trek a section of the Appalachian Trail across the Shenandoah River 340 bridge, into Harper's Ferry, WV, and into beautiful downtown Harper's Ferry. This hike also crosses over the Potomac River footbridge to the C&O Canal. Then we enjoy many vistas and sweeping views provided along the Maryland Heights trail. Finally, we head down a very steep side trail that takes us back to the C&O Canal and on to the Sandy Hook bridge. Yep, we will be visiting many spectacular sites on both sides of the Potomac River on this very scenic Harper's Ferry hike! Lunch from the Overlook! Be sure to pack a meal as we will be enjoying lunch from an overlook of downtown Harper's Ferry (weather permitting). This particular overlook provides an excellent opportunity for taking some awesome photos. As a bonus, more often than not, we get the chance to watch skilled rock climbers climbing while we enjoy our meals. Trail Information Nearby City: Harper's Ferry Length: ~13 miles Elev. Gain: 2600 ft Elev. Change: 5000 ft Trail Type: Modified Circuit Skill Level: Strenuous Season: Year-round Local Contacts: Harper's Ferry Park Notes for Volunteer Hike Leaders: Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/3793012/Trail_Notes_for_Harpers_Ferry_Tri_State_Hike/)for Trail Notes for our volunteer leadership team regarding this hike. Park Fee Please remember that park entrance fees support park programs and help keep our parks open for us all to continue to enjoy! Vehicle Pass - $10.00 per vehicle. Admission pass is valid for three consecutive days, beginning on the date of purchase. Entrance passes are required in ALL park areas, and fees are payable at Cavalier Heights Entrance Station, Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights, Harper's Ferry Train Station, and River Access Parking Lot. However, the NPS has informed me that if you have an NPS Interagency or a Harper's Ferry National Historical Park pass, parking is free. 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. • ATTENTION: Special Gear Note Note: Please bring at least 3 liters of water and plenty of snacks. There are NO places for water or food along the trail. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here 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. Baltimore/Columbia Area Suggestion - Broken Land Pkwy and Rt. 32 Park and Ride To carpool or caravan from the Columbia area, people can arrange to meet at the Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Dir.%3A_Broken_Land_Parkway_and_Rt._32_Park_and_Ride/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 32 Park and Ride 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! Lunch from an Overlook! Be sure to pack a meal as we will be enjoying lunch from an overlook of downtown Harper's Ferry (weather permitting). This particular overlook provides an excellent opportunity for taking some awesome photos. As a bonus, more often than not, we get the chance to watch skilled rock climbers climbing while we enjoy our meals. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/harpers-ferry---train-station.html) to 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 Columbia Rte. 32 Park and Ride — 7:45 a.m. Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 7:45 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). Fido is Welcome on this Hike as Long As He/She is a Well-Seasoned and Conditioned Trail Dog Because This Particular Trail is Tough on Paws! Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there! Greg:[masked] • Click Here to Chip In Now (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/18298-for-the-health-of-it)and Chip-In to 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.

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