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Beautiful American Chestnut Land Trust — South Tract Area Trails! A Moderate 5 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal
Mid Atlantis Hiking Group does not require proof of vaccination. Not all hikers may be vaccinated. No organized carpools, but Social Distancing at all times. Mask inside and in crowed places.
If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, then please do not sign up. Also inform the hike leader if you are diagnosed with Covid-19 within 7 days from the hike.
The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is a local land trust located in Calvert County, Maryland, an hour’s drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
This hike explores upland forests, old fields, and marshlands as the trail weaves among the remains of early homesteads. The landscape and hiking trails here are a real marvel of private initiative on the part of the American Chestnut Land Trust. Upland farms on both sides of Parkers Creek protect what is now considered the only pristine marsh on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) is, as its name suggests, named for a tree. Unfortunately, the American Chestnut tree succumbed to the “Chestnut Blight”, a disease introduced in 1900. Within a span of only 40 years, the blight proceeded down the Appalachian Mountains, destroying a forest that had stood for thousands of years! American chestnut trees are now often seen as standing white trunks, bare of any bark, ghostly white, and look like "tree skeletons" amid an otherwise healthy forest.
• Note to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Members:
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is an Active and Supporting Member of The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) who's charged with protecting the most pristine watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The land trust protects over 3,000 acres of wetlands, forest, and farmland in rapidly developing Calvert County, Maryland. The land trust also protects land in the smaller nearby Governors Run Watershed, which contains mature hardwood forest and plants species more commonly found in the mountains and Piedmont than on the Coastal Plain. They have a comprehensive land management program established to manage all of the lands, structures, and waters for which they are responsible in an environmentally sustainable manner to protect the natural and cultural resources of the Parkers Creek and Governor's Run watersheds for the benefit of this and future generations.
The South tract area encompasses old family farms, cemeteries, and a burgeoning beaver community and has a character that is different than the North tract. There is a massive beaver dam as well the remains of an ancient but huge American Chestnut tree (it succumbed to the chestnut blight that affects American Chestnut trees; there is still a small tree standing). We also pass by hybrids which have been planted a few years ago. The area is comprised of a rare mix of various hardwoods, bottomland swamp, and creeks - all making their way to the Chesapeake Bay.
The land is privately owned and permanently protected by the American Chestnut Land Trust. The American Chestnut Land Trust is a moving story of community-inspired conservation. Working in partnership with the state of Maryland and The Nature Conservancy, ACLT owns or manages some 3,000 acres of public and private land in Calvert County, Maryland. In addition to preserving the ecologically important areas of the Parkers Creek watershed, the group has had a significant impact in protecting cultural resources, such as old farmsteads that tell the history of Chesapeake Bay settlement.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Port Republic, MD
Length: About 5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Trail Type: Two loops
Skill Level: Moderate due to a few short steep hills.
Trail Surface: Old dirt farm roads converted into nice hiking trails
Local Contacts: American Chestnut Land Trust
Local Maps: USGS Prince Frederick
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:20676.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
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.
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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 a particular hike or venues location. Please Use the Comments section below this posting or 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 (https://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 (https://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 (https://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/aclt---south-tract-area.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 — 7:30 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 (https://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!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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